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Seinfeld Makes the Case for Postal Reform

CREDIT:

I used to watch Seinfeld all the time, both first-run episodes and re-runs. Then for years and years I didn’t. But the past couple of days I’ve caught reruns on TBS that they seem to have managed to put together in HD. Yesterday’s episode featured this policy-relevant bit:

Joking aside, one reason it’s difficult to accurately assess which states benefit the most from federal spending is that simply looking at taxes vs expenditures doesn’t capture things like the way the US Postal Service subsidizes rural living. The country wouldn’t fall apart if we privatized these mail-delivering functions, but the impact would be really disparate across different areas of the country. Private firms either wouldn’t serve low-density areas or would demand higher fees to do so.