The purpose of business is to earn profits by providing goods and services people may or may not need at the highest cost those people can and are willing to pay. That’s the way Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Elon Musk got so rich.
In contrast, the purpose of government is to provide services citizens need, regardless of whether as individuals those citizens can afford to pay the full amount the services cost. That’s the way the U.S. became the richest, most powerful nation on earth.
When the roles are confused, the formula fails and disaster soon follows. We saw that when the United Fruit Company created and governed the so-called “banana republics.” We’re seeing it again as we witness the travail and failing the U.S. Postal Service.
The US post office was founded as a government agency, supported by common taxes, to provide an essential service, even to citizens who could not individually meet its total cost of operation. This was recognized as being in the nation’s interest as well as the individual citizen’s. But too many of our nations’ politicians were either seduced or corrupted into seeing the post office through the eyes of “vulture capitalists.”
The longer-term plan of the seduced and corrupted politicians on both sides of the aisle was, of course, totally to privatize the post office. The intermediate strategy was to force it out of “business” (sic!). How? By forcing it fully to fund employee retirement and benefits many years in advance of necessity. That was before Louis Dejoy.
Mr. Dejoy has eschewed the too-slow strategy of gradual starvation and augmented it with outright destruction—not just destructive administrative policy, but fully Luddite-like physical destruction of many millions of dollars worth of labor-saving machinery. Everyone sees now the real purpose of the attack on the post office—or, as it’s now ironically known, U.S. Postal Service.
At this point no one can continue hiding behind wordplay and political gamesmanship. No one can continue treating a central government service as if it were a common, ordinary business. Both business and government have essential roles to play in our society, but those roles are discrete and should not be confused. To treat the post office as if it were a business leads both to corrupt and ineffectual government and to ineffective, uncompetitive business.
Please support this bill.
This woman really is nuts!
Obviously you can’t use rights against someone. What she means is that QAnonamagas should buy guns and shoot Democrats. Not to protect themselves from being shot, but to use their guns to find Democrats and kill them.
Yes, the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, but it does not guarantee freedom to practice terrorism: “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”
If this doesn’t qualify as an attempt to intimidate, then please tell me what would!
Leader of the Coup Faces Palace Revolt
While Trump was in office, Faux News Sweetheart Ron DeSantis sucked-up to him almost as much as Mike Pence—and that’s saying a lot! I always referred to him as the “Mini-me” to Trump’s “Dr. Evil.”
But now Florida’s wormy little governor has turned. Trump wants to be the Republican candidate who will steal the 2024 presidential election and become America’s virtual dictator. But DeSantis wants that job for himself. He has betrayed his mentor and is trying to out-evil Dr. Evil himself!
Dear Sen. ___—
I write to urge that you support the voting rights bills about to be brought before the Senate–or, at the very least, that you support allowing them to be openly and honestly debated, and then decided by roll call vote.
Informed persons both here and around the globe are aware that what’s at stake is the survival of American democracy. Some are praying desperately that it will survive. Others (not just in places like Russia or China, but here in the U.S. as well) are hoping that it will wither and die. Paul Weyrich spoke for the latter when he said, “I don’t want everybody to vote…. [O]ur leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
This is not the time to be coy or ambiguous like George Orwell’s Napoleon the pig, who asserted that “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Weyrich had the courage to make his oligarchic convictions both clear and a matter of public record. We Americans have the right to expect the same courage from our sitting U.S. senators.
Senators often boast that theirs is “the greatest deliberative body in the world.” It’s time now to back that boast. It’s time for US senators to show their fellow Americans and the world whether they agree with Thomas Jefferson that all men are created equal… or with Paul Weyrich and Napoleon the pig that some men are created “more equal” than others.
To qualify as a Republican, one must deny the validity of the 2020 election.
It’s been increasingly clear. Trump has now admitted the reality and acknowledged it formally.
So here’s the blurb:
But the truth is, when you bend over to kiss someone’s foot, it ain’t your “underbelly” you’re exposing!