California Politician Suggests Taxing Email to Save the Post Office

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/03/07/berkeley-councilman-proposes-email-tax-to-fund-postal-service/

This politician is so out of line that it’s scary. The US Postal Service has been a part of America since our beginning. Today it can’t sustain itself without cash from the taxpayers. I can see a need for the Post Office that will go into the future, but not at its current size or purpose.

Technology is a big part of the change that has caused the Post Office to lose its hold over us. We fax, email, use express services, and pay our bills online. All of these things have hurt the Post Office. It can no longer sustain itself.

Years ago we had companies that manufactured buggy whips, but as cars took over no one had a need for buggy whips any more. The buggy whip companies changed products or went out of business. A business thrives and survives when it sells products that the public wants. Companies that do not do that must close and go out of business.

Profits are the building blocks of success. A company that earns a profit makes money and supports itself stays healthy and maintains its employees.

The Post Office can’t do that today because it doesn’t make a profit. We don’t need them at the size and the services it provides. They have to scale back and meet the needs of their customer base. Using tax dollars to artificially support them is wrong on many levels. Maintaining branches that can’t earn as much as they cost to operate is wrong. Why should our tax dollars support a losing business? Why should our tax dollars support the government run losing business and not Uncle Charlie’s losing business down the block? The answer is they both should go out of business and stop the suffering.

The Post Office management and the union representing the Post Office employees agreed to benefits that the business can’t support. Shame on the management of the Post Office for making commitments that they can’t cover; why should their bad business practice impact on the rest of us? Their bad agreement shouldn’t. Let them fold and then reemerge as a viable entity that can do what we need.

Whatever form the Post Office needs to take to keep and serve us properly should not impact past agreements. It should all be new and self supporting. Technology changed and our needs changed.
I don’t want to discuss what form the new Post Office should take because this is not an essay on the Post Office. It’s about the thought process of an elected official who wants to tax email in an attempt to artificially support a losing business.

How faulty is that thinking. Tax something to support an operation that the free market is trying to kill. The free market knows best, let it die. Tax dollars, that are at best in short supply, cannot be considered to throw at a problem that cannot be solved. You can’t support a losing cause with money, especially other people’s money.

An elected official is proposing just that; tax other people and use that money to keep a failing business from failing. Here are my reasons why this is such an ugly situation.

1. This genius got elected. He demonstrates a very poor understanding of money and business, yet he recommends this nightmare as a solution.
2. This politician has no concept of the impact of more taxes on the public. The answer to everything is more money, and the public has it so let’s go get it.
3. It’s obvious that the Post Office can’t get enough business to support itself, so scaling back to be the right size for the business that does exist is not an option? Fix the problem and fix it right doesn’t occur to him?
4. He thinks he’s a hero for trying to save jobs and benefits. The benefits are the result of bad business practices made by politicians who make bad decisions all day every day, so let’s help perpetuate this bad decision? The right answer here will cause people to lose their jobs and some to lose benefits, but it was all unsustainable from the days the agreements were made. As time passes we will start to see more and more of that. Cut loses as soon as possible and minimize the pain. The longer we wait the more people will get hurt.
5. This politician is from Californian. The state is crumbling around them, from this type of decision making. Open your eyes ears and common sense.
6. The free market is a remarkable phenomenon. Freedom in business allows people to grow and make money, let someone find a way to serve the people as the Post Office used to and let them make a profit. Profit is a great motivator and will encourage success. Look at UPS, Fed EX and Wal Mart, they all make profits and they all took a piece of the Post Office because they could do a better job at it.

Let the Post Office go and don’t tax us for anything we have enough taxes we don’t have enough profits in this country, profits and success are good things not bad.

About gino984

A well fed middle aged male with strong opinions and a sense of humor. I was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army Military Police Corps. I also spent some years in manufacturing management in both union and non union environments. I know how to lead and how to supervise. I also know how to share what I know. My degree is in Criminal Justice so that means I have a background in Psychology and Sociology. When you couple my Law Enforcement and Security training and experience with my education and experience in management and leadership you get a unique view on Supervision and Leadership.
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