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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Point - Counterpoint

In the Nashua Telegraph, John Crisp asks Who says government is incompetent?
In fact, consider a contrary thesis: Often government is very effective at accomplishing the sorts of important communal tasks that the private sector wouldn’t even dare to undertake.

Examples are abundant. My favorite is the United States Postal Service, which delivers billions of pieces of mail every year with an infinitesimally low failure rate. The tendency to complain about the USPS is bewildering in the face of the evidence.

In fact, unbiased scrutiny reveals a minor miracle: You can scribble an address on an envelope, affix a 44-cent stamp and have it delivered anywhere in the United States a few days later with extraordinary dependability.
Post Office Loses $2.4 Billion

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