Don’t Privatize the Post Office–Subsidize it

So there’s talk of privatizing the US postal service. Not necessary.

If we have to subsidize it–so what? Right now we’re subsidizing oil companies, and agribusiness. Who shouldn’t be subsidized. Take those subsidies away, and use the money pay for the post office.

It’s socially important that the post office is not privatized. It’s a positive, helping connection with the government. People naturally make fun of post
office lines and so on, but it’s actually been very good to me, and mostly the people are good, helpful, dedicated people.

Think of Brin’s novel, The Postman. The postman or woman is a glue that helps cement society together. It’s important that we pay for it with taxes. It means, we’re saying yes to community, to do that. Not communism. Community. You don’t want government institutions to be some giant heartless machine as they’re claimed to be…and the post office was never that.

If you think of Pink Floyd’s Welcome to the Machine–the machine was the record company, it was PR, it was radio, it was commerce. Not something like the post office–it’s just not the “big machine”.

We need the post office for public morale.


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