But finances may cause the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday deliveries. Over at his blog, Eric Zorn facetiously argues that we ought to get all of our mail on Saturdays, with every other day being mail-free. Of course, that argument is ridiculous, but perhaps only just barely ridiculous; it is difficult to imagine a monopoly as useless and value-less as the one that the Postal Service currently “enjoys.”
I wrote about the problems of the Post Office back in August of last year. In doing so, I noted the many ways in which politics has prevented the Post Office from taking commonsense measures to ameliorate its fiscal problems, including ending the practice by which the Post Office sets aside $5 billion per year to fund the health benefits of employees it hasn’t even hired yet. (Yes, you read that right.) We know that political pressures prevent sensible fiscal policies from being implemented by government, and that government has shown a singular gift for getting fiscal and economic estimates wrong. All of which leads me to ask anew why government ought to be trusted with the power to significantly reshape our health care system.