Unionized postal workers continue to deny what is obvious: the U.S. Postal Service is unable to effectively compete in the 21st century information-delivery marketplace. The Postal Service lost $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2012. Defenders say the problem is the congressional mandate to pre-fund future retiree benefits. I think they’re wrong. Pre-funding ensures this government bureaucracy is held accountable for spending – including promises that will come due down the road. Still, the union members say it’s somebody else’s fault.

“Neither rain, nor snow, nor the postmaster general’s misguided plan will stay these supporters from protecting six-day delivery,” shouted Craig Schadwald, vice president of the association’s state chapter.

Schadwald led postal workers and family members in chants of “Six days a week” on a megaphone as they stood on Bicentennial Plaza, near the Capitol, in the rain and the cold.