Business-like or The Government Way

The other day again, I read the suggesting of stopping mail delivery on Saturdays, and I laughed.  In business, this could only be because a lack of demand caused the halt, but with government, it’s always for a very different reason:  revenue, and cutting where it hurts the least……to the politicians.

 

At the time of our constitutional convention, having government controlled mail delivery was of absolute necessity, for the security of official letters, military orders and business of government.  Broad lands, few people meant difficult communication, mail was a necessity, and government security a logical answer.

 

Fifty years later, government mail was only one of a dozen services, and for the private businesses, competition kept them weaned, strong and lean no waste, and also kept the U.S. mail competing to stay in business.  Our ancestors not so long ago would have surgically cut any waste from government found.

 

The War between the States ended the truth of “Limited Government”, and for the most part, ended “Government under the rule of law” because Lincoln broke almost every principle of our “voluntary union” in fighting to keep “The Union”, and in the aftermath, the gains made by those with “rule” of others foremost in their minds meant no backing away, no turning back to lawful government.

 

The U.S. Post Office ceased to be of martial concern by the first World War, technology had put us in an age where signals were coded, and transmitted by radio and the like.  Not only was the Post Office no longer carrying highly classified material, but the government was using private carriers for such uses they provided better than the Postal service.

 

Today, the only thing the government does exclusively with the Post Office, is pick up its losses, as it competes with real world business, and while dozens make a profit, the government run Post Office has huge “Un-funded liabilities”, and has these while the government has been covering its operating underwater, supposedly competing with private business.

 

The central government hasn’t actually written a working, planned out budget, with the planning focused on purpose, not determined by “where we can cut” for all the years of my life.  It has operated continually at an ever increasing debt for more than fifty six years, and if we allow it, those politicians will run us right into the day our lenders come asking for the keys and the papers.

 

UPS, FEDEX, and half a dozen other private corporations are making greater profits than ever before, as the central government destruction of our economy causes greater demands on delivery service, saving the cost of shopping fuel, and the government run arm of the same business is 7 or 8% in the red, competing.  This is only one of two reasons for stopping “Saturday delivery”, the other is the cost for unfunded retirements which will come due and do so continuously, day by day, costs not ever considered for any budget.

 

I own stock in UPS, only because my father got hired by them when he left the Navy.  I’ve watched the company grow, looked at its early years, starting in 1903, and my father has taken great pride in working for such an efficient company.

 

From its inception, in New York, delivering packages bought in stores at a time when transportation was a mess in the cities; UPS has averaged a 15% gain between stock value increases and dividends, delivered quarterly, every year.  During the “Great Depression” UPS made their greatest expansion, as the economy made deliveries more cost effective than personal shopping.

 

If UPS were to suggest ending any kind of delivery at all, including its specials for high costs, next day delivery, I would have to believe the company was in dire straits, because in all my last forty years, it has grown as its rivals have equally grown and competed.  If any of these were suggesting reducing their business, I would know it was for lack of demand.

 

Only the government can compete with a dozen highly profitable businesses, on equal terms, cause all of them to flourish, while it contemplates reducing service because it needs to reduce its losses.

Everyone gets service from United Parcel Service at some time for some delivery; does anyone question why they are growing and profitable?

 
Semper Fidelis,

John McClain

johnmcclain@gulf1.com

Author: John McClain

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