Cato Institute has an interesting piece out today about the US Postal Service. The fact that the USPS has a “five-year plan” is laughable. Enjoy and share.
“The plan repeats previous suggestions (i.e., workforce reductions, postal network consolidations, elimination of Saturday delivery, elimination of the retiree healthcare benefit funding requirement) and proposes an increase in the price of a first-class stamp from forty-five to fifty cents.”
There was a great, short post over at The Weekly Standard today that is certainly worth looking at. So much was said in so little space.
“The problem is, America’s Founders wrote the following words (penned at Independence Hall) into our Constitution: “The Congress shall have Power…To establish Post Offices and post Roads.” Meanwhile, Obamacare may contradict the Founders’ vision of limited government and liberty more completely than any legislation ever passed in our nation’s history. The only good thing about Obamacare is the backlash against it, which has reignited national debate over the proper scope of government and has generated renewed interest in fiscal responsibility, limited government, and our founding principles. But it doesn’t help to advance those principles to suggest that Obamacare is like the Post Office.
It didn’t take 2,700 pages to found the Post Office. The Post Office doesn’t try to run what will soon be one-fifth of our economy. It doesn’t cost more than $2 trillion over ten years. It doesn’t compel Americans to buy health insurance. It doesn’t consolidate heretofore unthinkable levels of power in the hands of the Secretary of Health and Human Services and other unelected officials.”
As my readers know, I think the Post Office has become an unmanageable system for the federal government to handle. The Post Office has not turned a profit in many years. But, the larger points here are fantastic and it’s good to see validation for what I’ve been talking about here in previous weeks.