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The Postal Regulatory Commission’s $50 Billion Decis...

The Postal Regulatory Commission’s $50 Billion Decision

The Postal Regulatory Commission is a small agency, little known in Washington, DC, let alone the rest of America. Its 70 employeestoil in rented office space on New York Avenue, a couple floors above a Cajun restaurant. The agency’s budget is $15 million—an amount less than what it was 10 years ago. What PRC staff […]

The Federal Government’s $500 Million Subsidy to Magazine Publish...

The Federal Government’s $500 Million Subsidy to Magazine Publishers

Few  people love magazines more than I do. At last count, I have a half-dozen subscriptions, down from the baker’s dozen of a few years ago (with four young children, I only have so much reading time). Magazines provide incredible value. A single issue tends to cost between $1 and $3 if you subscribe. Whether […]

Dope by Mail: Another Challenge for the Postal Serv...

Dope by Mail: Another Challenge for the Postal Service

The U.S Postal Service’s financial and other operational challenges regularly are in the news. Less well-known is its illicit drug problem. Thanks to the internet, anyone can now become a drug dealer. One no longer need join a criminal gang and suffer a violent initiation ceremony. Technological disintermediation means any schlub can order synthetic drugs […]

What’s In Your Mail? Even More ...

What’s In Your Mail? Even More Ads

As you probably have heard, the U.S. Postal Service is in a bad way. The Senate has not bothered to vote on appointees to the USPS board. Thus, instead of usual nine governors overseeing its operations, there is just one. This is not good, what with the reports of mail increasingly being delivered more slowly […]

The U.S Postal Service’s Ghost Ship Bo...

The U.S Postal Service’s Ghost Ship Board

To appreciate democratic dysfunction, one need look no further than the U.S. Postal Service. That single agency is home to all of the defining fights of modern politics, with all of the usual symptoms. Postal policy currently is embroiled in disputes over how to define the agency’s role with respect to private industry; how to […]

Does the USPS Even Need a Board of Governo...

Does the USPS Even Need a Board of Governors?

The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors is supposed to have 11 members. It currently has three: one governor, the postmaster-general and the deputy postmaster-general. By law, the board cannot discharge its duties unless it has a quorum, which requires six members be present. The board has been short of that number for more than […]

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