PostOfficeNYCOn July 26, 1775 the Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin the first Postmaster General of the organization that became the U.S. Postal Service. In those years reform meant spending money to improve services. A letter could go from NYC to Philadelphia in a day — back in the day, and the Postal Service made money for the government. Today, the U.S. Postal Service is hemorrhaging $25 million/day.

The Postal Reform Act 2013, now making it’s way through Congress, will diminish postal service in America because politicians like Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, are siding with powerful interest groups (namely unions and non-profits) to avoid cutting costs and raising prices.

Photograph: Stephen Wise