Jun 22, 2011 Opinion
The postal service is a Constitutional item that is run by the federal government and it is run like a typical government bureaucracy, that is, there is a lot of waste and a lot of overhead and a lot of cost overrun. The kicker is that the postal service actually charges for its service and should, if run properly, be able to pay its bills. Unfortunately that is not the case. The postal service is billions in the red and has suspended its share of retirement contributions for its employees.
Will Congress and Barack Obama step in and bailout the postal service? The government already believes that it has the authority to force you to buy products. Obamacare mandates that we all buy health insurance and the Democrats stand by that generous and incorrect interpretation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The Democrats assure us that health care is unique because everyone will, at one time in their lives, enter the health care system so it is OK, according to them, to make people buy insurance.
What would stop the Democrats from making the same argument about the postal service? Everyone at one point in their lives gets some sort of mail. What would stop Congress from forcing us to use the postal service or force us to buy a certain dollar amount of postage stamps each month? Maybe Congress will decide that in order to boost postal revenue all online bill paying activities must stop and people have to mail their bills in. Maybe they will take down the email contacts for all members of Congress and make us send them letters via the postal service.
It is not unreasonable to assume that the government could force us to use the postal system citing the Commerce Clause like it did with Obamacare.
I would not put it past them to step in and screw over the taxpayers in order to make the postal service solvent.
There is nothing that prevents the government from moving the postal service to the private sector. The Constitution says Congress has the authority to establish post offices and postal roads (which actually means they don’t have to but have the power to) but it does not say that Congress (or the government) must run the post offices and postal roads. Congress could establish the post offices under the private sector and let that company compete for business against other similar services. Congress would have oversight and a portion of the revenue could go to the Treasury.
In any event, I would not put it past the Democrats and their messiah to try to bailout the postal service by putting into place policies that would force people to use the service.
Let’s face it, we are losing more and more freedom so it is not hard to imagine this taking place.
Then again, perhaps they could start reducing the number of employees, increase the amount employees contribute to their pensions, force them to pay the same rate for insurance as the rest of the federal employees (contrary to popular opinion, federal employees pay quite a bit for their health insurance), and stop delivering mail on Saturday. They could also cut the number of post offices and consolidate routes. Greater efficiency would help the bloated system to be more solvent.
Then again, why do all that when Congress could force us to use them.
Be wary. The Socialists in our government would love to intrude even more into our lives.
Never surrender, never submit.
Sep 9, 2010 Political
I am not sure exactly what this meeting is about but anytime liberals have meetings about guns it is not good. The Senate Judiciary Committee is having a meeting entitled “Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process” which is rather vague but when they talk about reform or a regulatory process it cannot be good.
The other concern is the word Commerce is mentioned. Given how Democrats think they can regulate anything by invoking the Commerce Clause it is not a stretch to assume they might be trying to regulate firearms through commerce in a more restrictive way.
We will need to be vigilant and ensure these gun grabbers are not trying to backdoor us before they are thrown to the curb.
We must always be on the lookout because they will never allow us to protect ourselves unless we force them to leave us alone.
This man defended his family and property with a legal AK 47 and he was arrested for firing warning shots into the ground. Why did he shoot? The place he lives has the shot detector technology and he knew if he fired the police would arrive quickly.
Why was it necessary? A gang was congregating and threatening him. If the gun grabbers get their way he would be at the mercy of the gangs.
Which is just about as bad as being at the mercy of the government and its willful disregard of our right to keep and bear arms.
November cannot come soon enough.
Never surrender, never submit.
Jan 5, 2009 Political
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico has withdrawn his name from consideration as Obama’s Commerce Secretary. Richardson is involved in a grand jury investigation into how some people who donated money to him received a state contract.
Richardson says that he is sure that once everything is investigated he will be exonerated but that the lengthy process will detract from responsibilities at Commerce. He has vowed to serve Obama in any way helpful once this is all said and done.
Unless, of course, he is dirty.
First there was Governor Blagojevich and his pay to play scam with Obama’s Senate seat and now Richardson is caught up in a pay to play game in his home state. This one does not involve Obama in any way but it might demonstrate that his vetting process is not as complete as he believed.
The withdrawal will put a bit of a damper on the Obama Restructuring (stimulus) plan because now he will have to find a new Commerce Secretary.
This might be a blessing in disguise because Obama and the Democrats plan to spend around a TRILLION dollars on this recovery plan. It is estimated that the plan will be about 850 billion and the rest will be “goodies” attached to the bill. As if we are not already in dire straights, the Democrats plan on wasting more money on the stimulus and the pork that will surely be attached to it.
Obama is not in office yet and already two scandals have hit. One does not involve him and the other does but only in a peripheral sense.
I guess it is hard for Obama to associate with people who are clean when he has spent his entire political career dirty.
We are in for a long four years.