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WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Snail Mail Spam Subsidies Stuttering Towards A Stop – American Interest

September 9, 2011

Snail Mail Spam Subsidies Stuttering Towards A Stop

September 8, 2011

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD

The USPS is one of the great surviving examples of the blue social model and, not surprisingly, it is going down the tubes.  Technological change has made its original mission of delivering vital information and private correspondence obsolete.  Judging by what comes in through the mail slot at the stately Mead manor these days, the primary job of the postal service appears to be the delivery of the snail mail equivalent of spam.

Snail spamming is an expensive business to be in; the USPS loses billions of dollars each year so that advertisers can send out billions of pieces of spam at below market costs.  In fairness, e-spammers should demand an equivalent subsidy; shouldn’t non-prescription Viagra dealers and Nigerian con artists get the same kind of help from a benevolent government that the Publisher’s Clearinghouse gets for junk mail?

Meanwhile, the cash short USPS is doing the Harvard Business School version of scrounging under the couch cushions looking for quarters to pay the pizza guy, and it thinks it has come up with a winner.   It turns out, says management, that we are putting too much money away into the employee pension funds.  Read the story at the NYT.

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