Liberals Going to Extremes

post office closedI was recently in a discussion about the financial troubles of the United States Post Office and their plans to save money by eliminating Saturday deliveries being undercut by Congress.  I said that personally, I wouldn’t mind if mail delivery went the way of the dinosaur.  After all, I get 100% of my bills via e-mail now and I pay 100% of my bills online.  Sure, some of the companies insist on sending paper copies as well, but if those stopped coming, it wouldn’t affect anything at all.  The world has gone digital and, with few exceptions, I think that daily mail delivery is largely unnecessary in the modern world.  The vast majority of mail that people get is junk and packages can be delivered by UPS or FedEx.  They already do it effectively and efficiently without having to drive to your house every day.

But no, the liberals don’t want that!  They want the Post Office to deliver, rain or shine, no matter how much money they’re hemorrhaging.  Why?  Because some people just don’t want to keep up with the modern world.  The liberals started saying that little old ladies who don’t want to use e-mail would be harmed.  Too bad.  Everyone needs to keep up with the modern world.  E-mail isn’t new, it’s been around for decades, people need to use it or get left behind.  It’s not like we’re expecting people to jump on the bandwagon of a new and untested technology, we’re at least 30 years into the Internet cycle, it’s time for everyone to be on the bandwagon or get left behind.  It’s like moving from analog broadcast TV to digital.  The argument was that some people had old TVs that didn’t support the digital converters.  Too bad, so sad.  It’s time to buy a new TV or do without.  If  you’re still using a television from 1968, something is wrong.  Time for an upgrade.

But that’s really where this started to go entirely sideways.  Every time I addressed a particular complaint, they just kept getting more and more extreme in their examples.  It wasn’t long until they were arguing that a bunch of back-woods hillbillies living in the Appalachians, who had no telephones and couldn’t get cell service, were the reason we ought to keep the Post Office open for all.  Sorry, a couple of toothless idiots on a hill is not sufficient reason to keep a government entity that is losing billions of dollars a year open.  Those people ought to move.

And that’s really the thing that I see a lot, liberals seem to think that if they can find a single absurd example that supports their argument, they win.  Unfortunately for them, they’re wrong.  Coming up with an extreme example that fits 0.000001% of the population is not a valid or worthwhile example.  The truth is, the overwhelming majority of Americans have telephones or access to telephone technology.  If you have a phone, you can have the Internet.  If you have a library, you can have the Internet.  Just because you don’t want it doesn’t mean you can’t have it.  If you want to opt out of the modern world, don’t come whining to me when the modern world passes you by.

Then the say that the Post Office is guaranteed in the Constitution.  Yes it is.  So what?  That’s the problem I have with this slavish worship of the Constitution.  The world has changed and there’s no conceivable way that the Founding Fathers could have foreseen the way the world works today.  I’m sure they didn’t think that the country would still be around nearly 250 years later.  They had no idea that we’d have the Internet, any more than they foresaw airplanes and nuclear power.  The idea that the Constitution, in it’s original form, was going to live forever and be universally applicable is absurd.  We can modify the Constitution but we all know that’s never going to happen again, the country is just too fragmented.  Therefore, we have to have the wisdom to understand when some parts are outdated and move beyond them.  This is one such time.

Besides, another argument they make is that people who don’t have mail service couldn’t be held accountable for paying their bills.  Of course they could.  Whether they get a monthly statement from their credit cards or not, it’s still their responsibility to know when their bills are due and how much to pay.  If they don’t like that, they’re welcome to pay their credit cards off in full and shred them.  Then they don’t have to worry about paying their bills.  None of these things are a right anyhow, they’re a responsibility and if you don’t take your responsibilities seriously, you shouldn’t have them in the first place.

It’s about time for the Post Office to either cut it’s costs considerably or close it’s doors.  It just isn’t necessary in the modern world.  It’s been a government monopoly for far too long and it’s lack of competition has made it soft and flabby.  Companies like FedEx and UPS have been legally excluded from operating in the daily mail arena and they could probably do a better job than the USPS, which has sold it’s soul to the junk mail spammers.  Most people wouldn’t even receive mail every day if it wasn’t for the piles of crap that get stuffed into our mailboxes. The times have changed.  Why should I wait 3 days for a letter to get to it’s destination when I can send an e-mail and have it arrive in a few seconds?  Sure, I want my packages from Amazon but they never  come from the USPS, they come from a company that can do it better, cheaper and faster and all the extreme examples in the world won’t change that.

 

9 thoughts on “Liberals Going to Extremes

  1. I am kind of on the fence on this one. I pay my electric bill electronically, but I just go to Wal-Mart for that. Water Bill I pay with cash. Taxes and Insurance on the house are paid with a money order. Loan for my truck is taken right out of my paycheck. I have never owned a credit card

    1. A couple of years ago, our local utilities didn't allow you to pay electronically, you either had to mail it in or drop it in a drop box outside their offices, but today they take electronic payments like everyone else. You don't have to have a credit card, most places take electronic payment straight out of your checking or savings account. I honestly don't know why we even have checks anymore, we only write one for sticking in birthday cards, otherwise the last order we put in for new checks was like 5 years ago and we still have half of it left.

      1. I read an article that eliminating checks is the goal, they can control electronic funds much easier, as well as following a trail to see who touches it.

  2. The dow!nsides:

    With the end of snail mail, look for even more extensive government-run e-rate type programs to help low income citizens jump the digital divide.

    All government (local, state, federal) would have to be fully digitized. These entities vary widely in their degree of digital capabilities and sophistication. You thought Obamacare was a mess? Wait 'til you see what the DMV can do

    1. We're already seeing what the Post Office can do, it can't be any worse and at least we'd drag the government into the 21st century, kicking and screaming to be sure, but they need to go anyhow.

  3. The main reason why the Post Office is in the shits financially is because a law the republicans passed that says it must pre-fund its benefits – a model that was designed to destroy it. It's called the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. See here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/45018432

    Take away that deliberate act designed to bankrupt it, and the postal service would be above water.
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