One of the more amusing aspects of living in contemporary America, if one likes one’s humor fairly dark, is that the government is attempting to take over health care at the same time the wheels are coming off some functions of government that have been around for centuries. That is your cue Post Office.
Inspector general David Williams, described as the “chief postal watchdog,” said the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will go out of business this year unless Congress bails it out.
In an interview with the Guardian, Williams said the postal service lost nearly $16 billion the last fiscal year, nearly $41 billion over the last five years, and has reached its $15 billion credit limit.
When asked if the USPS will need a bailout this year, Williams said: “Yes. The choices are that it would cease to exist or it would need a bailout.”
Williams, whose agency audits the postal service, says Congress may have to help the postal service with its pension payments, which he says have put the postal service “in very serious trouble.”
According to the Guardian, the USPS has “missed its last two payments into the benefit funds” and “has never made a single payment without having to borrow from the US Treasury. “
Go here to Big Government to read the rest. The truth is that throughout the West we have witnessed a refusal of peoples to look problems squarely in the eye and solve them. Instead, we ask Unholy Mother the State to come and act as Nanny for us. We use the term “government” as a magic wand that will make everything right and lead us to a utopia where everyone can do what they want and be paid for it. The faith in government today is truly childlike and pathetic in both its innocence and its blindness. Government has always been a necessary evil, with the emphasis usually on its latter half. It has never usually worked very efficiently, which is frequently a good thing. Americans traditionally have had a healthy scepticism and antipathy for government. After the present madness passes, as we survey a debt ridden nation and people waking up angrily from a fool’s dream, I hope we will be inoculated from the government as savior superstition for several generations, which is probably how long it will take us to dig ourselves out from the economic hole the majority of Americans voted for.