Public Delivery Service Versus Private Delivery Service
"The Post office didn't really do anything wrong. The market shifted. The Post Office value proposition simply isn't as valuable as it once was we don't really care if mail delivery comes daily. In fact, many of us forget to check our mailbox for several consecutive days. We don't much care that a physical letter can transit the continent overnight."
The Postal Service was great before the technological boom. Now it is fraught with tradition and unionization. Just the other day I was talking to a guy who used to be in management at the Postal Service. He said that he was able to prove all kinds of falsified records from an employee he was monitoring because he was suspicious. He showed his clear evidence to his superior, the superior told him to fire him. He did "fire " him, but the guy went to the union and didn't even miss one workday. That is what led him to quit and move to the private sector. That was the needle that broke the camel's back. For him, if he could not fire them, then he had no leverage to manage them.
In case this case study does not do the trick for you, check out the big-picture look at the Postal Service,
'The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout,' the president said in an order that was released Thursday night. The order calls for an examination of the Postal Service's pricing, policies and works force costs. The Postal Service has lost more than $65 billion over the past decade as Americans increasingly transmit messages online."
That is your money being wasted in 10 years' time! Imagine if that money was still in the economy, what good that would do. I think that the 'taxpayer-funded bailout' is the best way to put my whole argument when it comes to government-run economics. The government has no money of its own, it takes it from us. The government will never ask us if we thought the Postal Service should be cut off from government aid to see if it can fare alongside the private companies. It would be too embarrassing to see their responsibility crash and burn as any other free-market company would that was that unprofitable. They would just take the money they forced out of our hands and go save a lifeboat of people whose boat has been blown to shreds. It's financially ridiculous and irresponsible of the government to see the failure of the Postal Service and think it can be saved with a little tweaking.
In order to get a grasp of how out of the league Amazon is to the Postal service check out this quote,
"Prime members get free shipping, often in as few as one or two days. Amazon is also expanding options for free same-day delivery and beefing up Prime Now, which delivers food and household items within two hours. The postal service cannot match the speed that they want. For a customer to get something delivered on the same day they order it from Amazon, it needs to be in the post office system at 6 am."
The Postal Service could not handle the workload of Amazon. We can see a lot about the Postal Services position in the market by the way that Amazon treats them, they pay the Postal Service less than their competition. Believe it or not, the Postal Service is kept afloat by Amazon. Look at these two quotes about Amazon and USPS relationship,
"David Vernon, an analyst at Bernstein Research who tracks the shipping industry, estimated in 2015 that Amazon was paying the postal service $2 per package, which is about half what it would pay publicly traded United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. A Citigroup research note released last April estimated that every delivery by the Postal Service is parcel business – not just a products from Amazon – should cost $1.46 more to reflect its true economic costs."
"E-commerce revenue provides essential support to pay for the network and infrastructure that enables us to fulfill our (the Postal Services) universal service obligations."
Amazon underpays the original delivery service. Clearly, Amazon does not value the Postal Service, and by the low quantity they pay sends a message that the delivery industry could survive without it. If Amazon thought the Postal Service was indispensable then they would pay them the same or more than FedEx or UPS. When a public company is dependent on a privately owned company there should be red flags big time. So let’s get to snipping.
As we saw in this section, two major case studies of industries where private systems are more efficient, longer-lasting, and make the dollar go farther. If most of the world is already privatizing their economy and most industries have a better version of the public sector competing and outperforming them than let's vote to get rid of what is unnecessary. If it can be proven there are more efficient competitors that do not save the jobs just because they are "government jobs". There should be nothing sacred or untouchable about the public sector. The government needs to get with the times and accept that people have shown up and put the public sphere in its place. Keeping the public around is a suck on the economy and waste of our money. The only way to cut them out is to as a group tell them they are unnecessary.
In the next section, I will be having an in house conversation with my fellow religious people, mainly Christians. I will be defending how one can be a Bible-believing Christian and still be a freedom fighter. I also will explain why I think Libertarianism and abortion are contrary ideas.
Tim Bankes II
Tim is a Christian author. His worldview that informs his writing is Calvinist, Baptist, and Libertarian. His main series is his Christian picture book series, "About God for Kids", where he discusses the attributes of God in a way kids can digest. He also wrote a Christian Romance novel, libertarian book for beginners, and Christian coloring books. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has written a book on freedom called “Are You Free” (If you are into listening to books I have it in audio also, Are You Free Audiobook )and he has written multiple children’s books about God. Be Sure to check out the podcast version of the blog, Labor for Truth Podcast. And check out “The Truth About” Youtube Channel. You can find his works at his amazon author page, https://amazon.com/author/timbankes. He even has a free digital ebook on how God is the creator. Get your free copy today at, Greater Creator .Also If you are into Christian Fiction, he has made his first book in his Futuristic Christian Fiction series free, Her Dying Wish
Some of my other favorite books on these subjects that are great for beginners to the liberty movement are:
Faith Seeking Freedom by Norman Horn, Doug Stuart , Kerry Baldwin, Dick Clark (Christian Perspective)
The Libertarian Theology of Freedom by Edmund Opitz (Christian Perspective)