Thursday, July 26, 2012
Why Did The Founders Hate Private Enterprise?
I enjoy it when wingers declare the only thing to do with the USPS is privatize it because it can't work properly since Congress won't let it. Something that was put under Congress' demesne even in the crappy Articles of Confederation and carried over in the Constitution has been deliberately hamstrung so we can throw it to the free market wolves. Of course, they are doing that to the power to tax and provide for the general welfare, so points for consistency.
The Post Office has actually been around since before we were an independent nation. On this date in 1775:
[T]he Congress resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee on the post office; which being debated by paragraphs, was agreed to as follows:
That a postmaster General be appointed for the United Colonies, who shall hold his office at Philada, and shall be allowed a salary of 1000 dollars per an: for himself, and 340 dollars per an: for a secretary and Comptroller, with power to appoint such, and so many deputies as to him may seem proper and necessary.
That a line of posts be appointed under the direction of the Postmaster general, from Falmouth in New England to Savannah in Georgia, with as many cross posts as he shall think fit.
That the several deputies account quarterly with the general post office, and the postmaster general annually with the continental treasurers, when he shall pay into the rect of the Sd Treasurers, the profits of the Post Office; and if the necessary expence of this establishment should exceed the produce of it, the deficiency shall be made good by the United Colonies, and paid to the postmaster general by the continental Treasr.
The Congress then proceeded to the election of a postmaster general for one year, and until another is appointed by a future Congress, when Benjamin Franklin, Esqr. was unanimously chosen.
Why do so-called conservatives who are allegedly concerned with original intent want to destroy one of the oldest institutions in America that was explicitly included in the Constitution itself? Truly a mystery...
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