Our take: Washington Post staff editorial strongly argues that the U.S. Postal Service needs to be significantly downsized and the sooner, the better. "Because of technological change, the volume of first-class mail is plummeting, with no end in sight. Yet the Postal Service remains geared to the demands of a bygone age. The Postal Service is burning down, financially speaking. Time for Congress to stop fiddling."

Congress is working on the issue, though efforts thus far do not inspire confidence that lawmakers can or will overcome entrenched interest groups that benefit from the Postal Service status quo. The Houses relatively realistic approach would empower a commission to decide on closing postal facilities, on the model of the military base-closing efforts of recent years. It would allow the Postal Service to move more quickly to five-day delivery and bar no-layoff clauses in labor agreements.