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Opening Arguments

Turn out the lights

Well, hell, let's bail them out, too. What's a lousy $1 billion considering the numbers we're talking about today?  As a matter of fact, everybody get in line. Airlines, you're right behind the automakers. One-chair barber shops, come on down!

In an effort to combat its budget deficit of over $1 billion, the United States Postal Service is, allegedly, trying to upsell its premium services while hiding its less expensive options.

According to an anonymous source, the USPS has instructed its employees to stop offering inexpensive shipping; whenever customers come in with anything larger than a letter, employees are supposed to ask if they want Express Mail guaranteed overnight delivery or Priority Mail. If the customer asks about cheaper options, the employee is then allowed to discuss First Class, Parcel Post, or Media Mail. The key element here is that the customer has to mention the cheaper options, as the counterperson can't.

I've spent most of my adult life arguing against the incremental growth in the federal government's power, reach and cost. Unless the House Republicans, God bless them, can hold the line, the  government is going to grow more in one bold, bad move than it has in my lifetime. This is being done in one of those wonderful bipartisan moves by the Democrats and Republicans who blame each other (correctly) for creating the mess in the first place. And in just a few weeks, we are going to elect a president (it really doesn't matter which one) who will keep the growth going.

I hope all you communitarian redistributionists are happy. We're about to get the government you always thought you wanted, and God help us all.


Fri, 09/26/2008 - 8:27am

Of course the redistribution seems to be going from the working class to the rich.

Leo Morris
Fri, 09/26/2008 - 9:04am

I guess by the rich you mean that evil top 1 percent of taxpayers, who in 2006 earned about 22 percent of the nation's income but paid almost 40 percent of federal income taxes. And by the working class you must be referring to those who filed the 43 million tax returns (out of 135.7 million) with no tax liability.

Steve G
Fri, 09/26/2008 - 9:21am

And those 43 million received a $600 government check also. BTW, I am a postal employee and am sure it will soon be in the handout line. There is no way it can maintain status quo.

Fri, 09/26/2008 - 11:50am

Hmm, the Post Office is educating its front line staff on how to sell. How dare they! Wait, what was the problem again?