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Subject:  Re: Romney to teacher "I didn't ask you a q Date:  9/24/2012  11:21 AM
Author:  saunafool Number:  1817655 of 2368054

If public schools did their job properly there wouldn't be a need for private ones. Just like if the Post Office was better run there would be no need for UPS or FedEx. Afterall the Post Office is cheaper than those two, but not nearly as reliable.

This is essentially the point. It isn't that the Post Office is poorly run, it is that they are required to do something that FedEx and UPS would never sign up for:

The USPS is created as a government agency under Title 39, Section 101.1 of the United States Code which states, in part:


(a) The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people. The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities. The costs of establishing and maintaining the Postal Service shall not be apportioned to impair the overall value of such service to the people.

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/uspsabout....

If the Postal Service could focus only on profitable business like UPS and FedEx, it would be a different story. Instead, they need to have the infrastructure to provide postal service for every address in the country for all types of correspondence. In a decade when written correspondence is diminishing, it is easy to see how the Postal Service is currently facing challenges.

So, the Postal Service is like a public school. They have to accept everyone--whatever the financial background of the parents, behavior or acedemic abilities of the kids--the doors of the public school need to remain open.

The private school can pick and choose and only accept "profitable" students.
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