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.