In the race for the 17th Congressional District Seat, Republican incumbent Bobby Schilling is facing Democrat Cheri Bustos.
Our question this morning: What must be done to make the U.S. Postal Service profitable?
There are public private partnerships that can be worked out that I think if we open that up to more innovative approaches we can make that happen. There's also been, out of congressional mandate that postal employees have had to prefund their pension for 75 years.
I think that was an unfair burden that was asked of them and I think that's caused a lot of financial issues with the postal service. I would be in favor of not requiring that 75 year prepayment and I think that's part of the answer as well.
The one thing we've got to really look at with the Postal Service is there's a lot of competition. We've got the internet now today. What we've got to look at is the top.
A lot of what I believe is wrong with the Postal Service is it's top heavy. We can't take it out on the people of the final three feet, the people taking the mail to your box - I think that's something that's critical that we need to take a look at. And we have to figure out how we can make them a little more cost-effective, kind of like fed ex and ups.