End the Post Office Monopoly

Representative Darrell Issa is right to be concerned about the fate of the Post Office, but his response is far too typical of politicians across the country. He advocates for more bureaucracy, more government micro-management, as if the problems inherent in government-run monopolies are not enough government.

Mail service will not be improved by a “controlling authority empowered to make all financial decisions.” Rather, mail service will be improved by competition, the market forces that provide all other goods in services in a free society. The Constitution might allow Congress to set up a post office, but nowhere does it grant them an exclusive monopoly on first class mail. End the monopoly, and only then will Issa get the “accountability to consumers” he wants.



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Daniel Bier

Daniel Bier

Daniel Bier is the executive editor of The Skeptical Libertarian.

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