COLE: Postal Service delivers bill of goods to taxpayers

Now a failing government agency is seeking its own bailout

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Though the concept of privatization of state assets remains mostly politically toxic in America, nations as far-flung as Germany and New Zealand have privatized parts of their postal services and seen increased productivity and profits. Japan has privatized Japan Post, the country's state-owned mail service - which also happens to be the world’s largest financial entity.Other nations are heading in the same direction. It’s time we did the same.

The USPS is a rare federal operation that actually sells a marketable good. The numbers, not to mention millions of Americans’ firsthand experiences with its service, indicate that it does this poorly.

Instead of granting the USPS taxpayer-subsidized CPR, it’s time, per Lysander Spooner, to end its monopoly and create a true marketplace for mail delivery.

Ryan L. Cole was a speechwriter in the George W. Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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