Friday, December 23, 2011

Cash-Strapped USPS Turns To Deliveries After Dark...

Speaking of ways to save “we the people” some money by cutting government waste, let’s just take a look at the United States Postal Service or USPS. 

The Post Office was established in 1775 as authorized by the Postal Clause in Article One of the United States Constitution, empowering Congress "To establish post offices and post roads".  The Post Office was one of the many great government programs originally created to meet the needs of an evolving Country and economy in order to enable commerce in the United States.  But like many government programs the Post Office simply past its prime and is no longer needed.   Much like the “buggy whip” factories in the early 1900’s, the Post Office is simply no longer needed or viable, but unlike private enterprises which must adapt and remain competitive or die, government programs who are backed by taxpayers, not investors, never see the need to evolve.  

Honestly, when was the last time you sent a really important document or package, that you couldn’t email to someone, via the US Post Office.  If it absolutely, positively, has to get there on time most Americans now depend on private enterprise to deliver their documents and their goods.

But will our elected officials in Congress have the courage to shut down a near extinct  business?  Not likely just because there are still too many Congressman who have yet to have a building named after them.  And let's be honest those postal facilities are quiet nice little name sakes, not to mention the votes that can be bought by bringing home some “bacon” with a new building paid for as a bribe to one of their colleges for a favor or to turn the tide in a tight re-election campaign.   And while these are good enough reasons alone to keep the post office afloat, the real reason Congress will not take action to shut down the post office is the fact that the Unions simply won’t let it happen.  And in the end, well the tax payers take it in the end once again!

Willie P

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