Wednesday, November 02, 2005
I just received in the mail an advertisement for the United States Postal Service. Why? I know they exist. Small children know they exist. Even people in Tennessee know they exist. So why are they advertising with our tax dollars? I know the Christmas season is upon us, but I have a very hard time accepting the US government advertising against the private sector.
Lets face it the USPS is not a perfect business model of profitability. In fact, the reason it exists is to provide a basic mail service to our country. It has certainly lost its fair share of money throughout its existence, but as a basic service it is needed.
However, what the postal service should not be doing is competing against private sector companies like UPS, DHL, and FedEx. These companies should not have to fight for your attention with a government run business that constantly loses money. If UPS loses enough money they will just go out of business, if the US Postal Service loses money they just go to congress and ask for more.
We are a free market country. The more government involves themselves in the business world the more we slide down the slippery slope towards greater government involvement in our lives.
I am not saying get rid of the Postal Service. No. I just want it to be the basic service it was designed to be and let the private companies handle the rest of countries needs. Besides when you use UPS, DHL, and FedEx you can get service on Columbus Day and every other worthless holiday the USPS takes off.