News that the Postal Service plans to do away with Saturday mail
delivery is renewing calls for privatization. But what's really
stopping that from happening?
Tad DeHaven, a budget analyst for the Cato Institute and
a proponent of privatization, says the White
House or Congress has to move for that to happen.
"Somebody has to take the ball and run with it; but to my
knowledge, there's nobody that's going to push the privatization
issue," he tells OneNewsNow.
"That's an unfortunate reflection of the fact that most members
of Congress really couldn't be bothered with the topic, beyond
naming post offices after people and mailing campaign literature
DeHaven suggests that announcing it is doing away with Saturday
mail delivery is an effort by the Postal Service to force Congress'
hand to do something, "which they have not, despite these
"But you're already seeing
the pushback," he notes, "and a lot of politicians are worried
about some of their rural constituents -- those who are supported
by the Postal Employees Union, you're starting to see some
pushback, and this gets to the fundamental problem that you have
Congress basically trying to run a business."
DeHaven warns that is a recipe for failure, especially when one
considers that the business in question is in permanent