THE POST OFFICE: The Case for a Raise

Despite the ire that it regularly arouses in its 166 million clients, the U.S. Post Office Department in recent years has been a surprisingly well-run organization. Harry Truman's last Postmaster General, Careerman Jesse Donaldson, did his best to cut the department's traditional deficits by adopting the most drastic possible economy measure—abolition of twice-a-day mail delivery in residential districts. Under Eisenhower's Postmaster General, Michigan Chevrolet Dealer Arthur Summerfield, the volume of mail handled by the department has jumped from 52 billion to 56 billion pieces a year, while the annual deficit has...

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