Two recent pieces in the Washington Post provide a startling look into the decrepit state of one of the grandest of the blue model dinosaurs still walking the earth – the Postal Service. The first explains the USPS’ best plan to cut its costs by $1.5 billion a year: laming the snail — slowing down delivery times and killing Saturday mail. The second points to an underlying cause of ballooning postal expenditures – health care for its workers. Astonishingly, according to the Post piece the USPS now spends nearly 3 times as much on health care costs for employees and retirees as it does on actual delivery of mail.The Postal Service was one of the pillars of the 20th century blue social model that at one point became reasonably efficient at administering very large organizations to provide valuable services to citizens. But in this day and age when most important communication takes place instantaneously over phone or email, the USPS has essentially been reduced to a jobs program for postal workers and a hefty federal subsidy for junk mail As service sputters to a crawl, the non-email using population dies off and the price of postage trends inexorably higher, more people are going to start asking why we keep the old relic around.More and more Americans just want the avalanche of junk mail to stop; selling off the parts of the postal service that can be profitable and shutting down the rest is going to become a tempting idea for politicians as the federal budget cutting gets closer to the bone.Advice to postal workers under 50: start polishing those resumes and developing new skills. Red ink will do what neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ever could and stay these couriers from their appointed rounds.