Defending Cliff Clavin and the Post Office against ludicrous criticisms from right-wingers
As we all know, some conservatives are inclined to embellish their arguments against what they call Obamacare with criticisms of the U.S. Postal Service, as if the private sector could do a better job of shipping for less.
Tom Schaller SETS THE RECORD straight on this score.
[P]rivatizing mail delivery would lead to far more expensive shipping costs. The idea that a private company would both deliver mail to every office and home six days a week, and collect it from the same plus thousands of drop boxes scattered across the nation– all the while maintaining walk-up offices in every town–and still be able to deliver a first-class envelope to any address for a mere 44 cents (an amount that hasn’t changed in real terms after 30 years) is simply an absurd expectation.
PERSONAL NOTE: I take special pleasure in using a photo of John Ratzenberger (in the role of postal worker Cliff Clavin) on this post.
Ratzenberger is a friend of my brother Tim Cunningham from the days when they both worked on the celebrated sitcom “Cheers,” where the Clavin character became an icon of sorts.