What is it with conservatives and the USPS? George Will:
The fact that delivering the mail is one of the very few things the federal government does that the Constitution specifically authorizes (Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have power to . . . establish post offices and post roads”) does not mean it must do it. Surely the government could cede this function to the private sector, which probably could have a satisfactory substitute system functioning quicker than you can say “FedEx,” “UPS” and “Wal-Mart.”
The first two are good at delivering things; the third, supplemented by other ubiquitous retailers, could house post offices. All three are for-profit enterprises, so they have an incentive to practice bourgeois civility — to be helpful, even polite. These attributes are not always found at post offices.
Unfortunately, privatization collides with a belief sometimes deemed reactionary but nowadays characteristic of progressives. The belief is: In government, whatever is should forever be. […]
George Will was always the low-rent William F. Buckley, but apparently he’s reached the point where even the mildest acquaintance with the facts needn’t intrude when he hits his Underwood manual to pound out a column. I went to the UPS website, and quicker than you can say “free market wanker”, found what UPS wants to charge me to send a letter to the neighboring town by Monday, something the USPS will do for 44 cents:
The “ubiquitous” Wal-Mart has 8,500 stores in the world. The Post Office has 36,000 locations in the US. You have to live in a double-reinforced titanium echo chamber not to see the difference between the USPS and UPS, FedEx and Wal-Mart.