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August 17, 2009

Quote Of The Day

by Brad Warbiany

John Stossel, on Obama’s use of the USPS as an example of how well government works without destroying the private sector*:

But at least he’s willing to criticize the post office. On that note, economist Justin Ross points out on his blog how, for 44 cents, you could mail a letter via USPS – or buy a kiwi fruit that had to be grown and watered in New Zealand, picked, carefully packaged, and shipped across the world to a store near you.

* PS – Yes, I do realize that the USPS, by virtue of a statutory monopoly in first-class mail, has completely destroyed a private sector in that arena. Of course, most of the target audience of Obama’s speech don’t know that, which I’m sure is why he used the example.

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  • Jeff Molby

    In fairness, there’s a different between “to your mailbox” and “to a store near you”.

  • thomasblair


    And there’s a difference between delivery intra-U.S. and from New Zealand to Alabama or Idaho.

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