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Author: youngsl One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 156927  
Subject: Re: What a sad day for Technology Date: 4/3/2000 9:17 PM
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Maz -

>>> Why have they not gone after the Post Office? I always thought the Post Office is a monopoly.

Not only do they not go after the Post Office, the government regularly entertains and enacts legislation that specifically restrains competitors. The Post Office and the Federal government have been working very diligently for several years to make it nearly impossible for companies like Mail Boxes Etc. to do business, while regularly subsidizing Post Office operations in various ways to keep them competitive.

Even better, the government has recently entertained several pieces of legislation that attempt to penalize the consumer for using competitors, using the excuse that some consumers use these alternatives for the purpose of committing fraud. [lol] Ignoring, of course, the fact that the Postal Service is the most common vehicle of consumer and commercial fraud in existence.

The government isn't interested in protecting the consumer, encouraging trade and business, or containing monopolies. The government is interested in control, period, end of discussion. Politicians want power, and they want it at the expense of their constituents and at the expense of the companies who foot the bill for that power to exist.

That's my biggest objection to this Microsoft mess - done with the excuse of benefitting the consumer, the truth is that it's going to cost us all money, in a myriad of ways, while giving the government the excuse it needs to interfere in business yet again.

In the long term, we all know that government intervention in private business is doomed to failure, because the government simply isn't competent to perform the tasks they're assigned under the Constitution, much less to control a private business. And we end up paying the bill, both as consumers and as taxpayers, without getting any of the so-called benefits we're promised.

Steph
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