Thursday, March 26, 2009
The USPS showed up hat in hand before Congress to beg for more money. They had a 2.8 billion dollar shortfall last year and are going to have bigger problems this year if drastic measures are not taken (i.e. bailout money, lay-offs, reduced work days, etc...).
Once again proving why government should not run a business. The government is not efficient. Many Republicans are current and former business owners, which is why they understand that in a Capitalistic Democracy, businesses need to have the freedom to succeed or fail on their own and that government needs to keep its hands out of it. Most Democrats are career politicians, lawyers, or 'community organizers' and they do not understand how to run a business. They fundamentally do not understand. Government's only role in business and the marketplace should be to prevent fraud and market manipulation (which they have failed to do).
This is a preview of what President Giggles and the Democratic Congress want for health care. They are pushing for socialized medicine that would be under government control. This is insane. We have the best quality of health care in the world. Sure, it's not perfect, but its a hell of a lot better than every other country out there. Socialized free health care for all does not work. Quality of care is reduced and wait times for operations are insane. Just ask any Brit. So why are we letting them try to revamp the entire system, when what we have already works? If they succeed, health care, just like the USPS will turn into a bottomless money pit, except this time, instead of the consequence being your letter not getting to its intended destination, the consequence will be waiting to long for an operation and dying!!!!
For clarification purposes; prior to 1970 the USPS was a completely government-dependent agency, but has since become a semi-independent government agency. They receive federal tax dollars for some things and do not have to pay taxes, but are suppose to operate revenue-neutral, meaning that the products they sell (i.e. stamps) are suppose to cover their operating expenses. Although they are in some ways like a business, they operate very much like a government agency: ridiculous pay for really simple jobs, taking off every holiday possible even if they have to make new ones up, inefficient communication, and wasteful spending.