How to Privatize the Post Office: Piece by piece, step by step

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Think it would take an act of Congress to privatize the postal system?  They’ve been privatizing the post office for four decades, piece by piece, step by step.  It’s called “piecemeal privatization,” and it works like this. Step One: Marketization Marketization is “the process that enables state-owned enterprises to act like market-oriented firms.”   It’s achieved by reducing government subsidies, deregulation, … Read More

The Postmaster General talks about privatization and real estate

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If you’re a masochist or have nothing better to do, you might watch the video of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s appearance on the Larry Kudlow show last week.  Kudlow begins the segment saying, “The US Postal Service is in big trouble, and now there’s talk tonight in Congress of a bailout. . . . Isn’t it time to end the … Read More

Privatization of the Postal Service: New Litmus Test for Republicans?

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Is favoring the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service becoming a new litmus test to determine the conservative bona fides of Republican candidates for president?  It’s looking that way. Speaking at the University of Chicago June 7, presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty specifically mentioned the Postal Service in his list of government agencies that should be turned over to the private … Read More

Moving toward Privatization

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The Action Plan report discussed in the previous post was produced by the USPS with the support of three consultants — Accenture, The Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company.   McKiney did the survey on consumer attitude toward closing post offices that showed 80% of consumers would not be bothered if their post office closed and postal services were … Read More

Post Office Obit: The End of Brick-and-Mortar Post Offices

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The Postal Service has begun the process of closing 2,000 post offices, and it has its eye on “discontinuing” and “consolidating” as many as half of its 32,000 offices because they’re operating in the red.  Don’t think it won’t happen.  The Postal Service has already started moving into alternative “retail outlets,” and it’s been boasting that that there are now … Read More

It’s Friday the 13th: Let’s Kill the Post Office

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It's Friday the 13th, and Fox Business contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano has a scary thought: "Let's Abolish the Post Office."  According to Napolitano's latest "Freedom Watch" column, the postal service is a "Soviet-style behemoth" and an inefficient, non-competitive "dinosaur," and the only reason it even exists is because politicians are pandering to voters.  Don't think Napolitano is alone.  Conservative think tanks like … Read More