Our socialist post office

With all the talk about a government take over of health care turning it into the post office, I started to wonder what it would be like if the socialist post office was like private health care companies?

Each post office branch would use a totally different zip code system. They would charge different amounts to deliver to certain zip codes and refuse delivery to some zip codes. They would also make this information nearly impossible for people to look up. It would also change every six months.

In each zip code there would be independent letter handlers that would have agreements with some post office branches but not all. They would also make the bulk of their money via letter handling fees that would change depending on what branch the letter originated and the path they took to your home.

Two weeks after a letter was mailed, you’d get a bill telling you how much you owe to the post office, the letter carrier, the stamp processor and how much of that bill will be paid by your mail insurance. They would also send numerous things that look like bills but aren’t.

The post office would make more money refusing to deliver your mail than carrying it. Every year they would refuse more mail and deliver to a smaller section of people. The post master general would receive a larger bonus because of it.

A large section of the population would have no mail service. Any attempt to provide them with access to a public mail service or subsidized private mail service would be dismissed as socialism.

Elderly and retired people would have excellent, low cost access to the private mail system managed by the government. Any attempt to provide everyone with that same access will be viewed as an attempt to kill old people.

Anyone who points out that most other industrial nations have systems where everyone has postal service at a much lower cost will be compared to Hitler. After all, Hitler had his face on stamps.