Pawlenty calls for privatizing USPS

GOP Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty apparently felt the need to prove his right wing credentials in a speech today in Chicago, calling for the privatization of just about everything the government does, including the post office:

There’s some obvious targets. We can start by applying what I call "The Google Test." If you can find a good or service on the Internet. Then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it.

The post office — the government printing office — Amtrak — Fannie and Freddie were all built for a different time in our country. When the private sector did not adequately provide those services. That’s no longer the case.

What’s more — the same competitive efficiency that revolutionized America’s private sector over the last three decades — should at long last be applied to every corner of the federal bureaucracy as well.

I still can’t find on Google the “good or service on the Internet” that will pick up a letter at my house this afternoon and deliver it in 3 or 4 days to someone in Hawaii. (Pawlenty would probably tell you that nobody does that any more, which makes you wonder who the nobodies were that spent $67 billion mailing stuff last year, or the thirteen million nobodies who visit usps.com every month).

Oddly enough, the private sector that Pawlenty and his ilk worship so devoutly has also found it difficult to google up a “free market” alternative to the USPS: witness FedEx- their biggest growth product is Smartpost- a service that uses the USPS to deliver its packages. Curious that the company right wingers and tea baggers love to point to as the antithesis of the USPS relies on the USPS rather than expanding its own delivery network.

It will be interesting to see how consistent the GOP is going to be with their privatization dogma: will Arizona contract out its forest fire fighters? Will folks along the Mississippi be responsible for maintaining their own levees? Will injured veterans get health care vouchers instead of VA hospitals? (There’s lots of hospitals on Google!)

via Pawlenty Proposes ‘Better Deal’ — And ‘Google Test’ To Eliminate Programs (Updated) | TPMDC.

  • Moondawg

    Yea, Pawlenty,,, Blah, blah, blah! STFU buster!

  • Idiotland

    Just like when I go by a post office in the day it’s always full of imaginary people. They must be imaginary because the wingnuts say nobody uses it anymore.

  • brian

    Like Yogi Berra once said about a restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” The biggest complaint about the USPS on Twitter (outside of nonexistent tracking info) is long lines…

  • rick

    just another idiot trying to bust up the postal service

  • dan

    Not voting for him!

  • Joe M

    Remember. Stupid is what stupid does.
    Before you dump the USPS. Think about what it does. Think about how it will effect you. Think about Frank mail? Yes. free mail for our elected reps. No one tells the full story. All posts are always one sided. The worst are reporters… They won’t take time to do there job as much as USPS employees do. They take only one fact or two and write about it. They won’t report why the USPS has unions. They don’t look into what management does? They only write about one or two facts. And thats what we read… I stopped newpaper delivery at my house years ago.
    Sorry, retired USPS worker and American Vet.

  • sandwing

    this guy is such a weasel. i doubt if many take him seriosly. just shows you that candidates will say anything to get to the white house.

  • Tom

    That’s the ticket…….keep voting Republican !!!!

  • trout

    another Republiclown looking out for our interests! Keep voting for the Republiclowns, they will appreciate your vote as they take your, job, pension and TSP.

  • Vincent F. Safuto

    Quote: “Will injured veterans get health care vouchers instead of VA hospitals? (There’s lots of hospitals on Google!)”

    Wasn’t that idea tried already? I heard that it was going to be done in areas where there wasn’t a VA hospital nearby, but the veterans didn’t like it.

  • Jack

    Yea baby !
    Get ir done !

  • Mark

    Who’s going to deliver the mail that Google sends me every month?

  • bp

    Privatizing the USPS means stock buying options, which means becoming a millionaire just like UPS employees.

  • Lynn

    The franking priviledge that congress has is not free….it falls under what the PO calls “revenue forgone”…. It is paid for after the fact, just like selective service. Now if you believe that every elected official is honest and they report correctly their use, then we are good to go.

  • Compair

    I think this guy has a good point. Let contract out Congress.

  • Stamps

    Pawlenty left Minnesota with the largest deficit ever. Now he wants to run the country. Gimme a break.

  • bubba

    ross,issa and pawlenty are three idiots why do we need them a monkey can do their jobs,all they are doing is taking from the taxpayers so their family can live a good life and screw the rest of us dont vote republicans

  • Joe

    Its just a general statement from a politician that really means nothing! It takes an act of congress majority to change things hes one man with an opinion!…..so what!

  • charles

    uh….privatizing? really? we tried that crap out here in the sierra coastal district also known as contracting out. what happened with these scabs is that they didnt know where they were going or how to deliver a parcel on time. idiots were going home 3 to 4 times a day and putting off delivering til the late afternoon. oh real customer service. the scabs dont know anything about forwards, vacation holds, vacants, and all the nixies that we have to encounter on a daily basis. and you need rubber fingers to sort the letters and flats. quit licking your thumb on your bad scab breath to sort out sequenced dps.

  • Postal

    Why? The Postal Service has no impact on the Federal Budget. Work on the BUDGET!

  • Steve Cebriak

    This guy can’t sort, deliver or supervise mail. Yet these “experts” know what to do to “fix” the Post Office. Another reason why I left the Republican Party during the Bush Jr years.

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