Heartland Events

A Tavern Debate: Resolved: Privatize the Post Office

The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740
Chicago, Illinois 60606
September 26, 2013, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

U. S. Constitution empowers the Congress to establish “Post Offices and post Roads” but the U. S. Postal Service is a creature out of time. Legally obligated to serve all Americans regardless of geography at uniform price and quality and to pre-fund retiree health benefits in excess of $5 billion annually for the ten years ending in 2016, the USPS must still compete against private package delivery services while having lost much of its former first class business to electronic communications. As a result, the Postal Service has defaulted on its last two payments to the pension fund and is currently running a $41 billion deficit. Congress, which governs the Postal Service, has refused to let the Postal Service end Saturday mail delivery in an effort to cut costs. Has the time come to abolish the Postal Service, to subsidize it directly with tax dollars, or to privatize its functions? What say you? Come join the debate!

In the tradition of America’s founders, the Tavern Debate is a parliamentary-style debate, accompanied by food and beverage, in which audience participation is not only encouraged but vital and long-winded questions make good short speeches.

Please come prepared to expound upon and defend your views!

Cost: $20 (early bird EventBrite purchase only),

$30 at the door;
$15 for students (early bird EventBrite purchase only; Student ID Required)
(Membership has its privileges: $25 at the door with current Federalist Society membership card or Student ID in hand)

To register and pre-pay, RSVP by noon on September 25, 2013 at: http://fedsoc-postoffice-tavdebate.eventbrite.com

U. S. Constitution empowers the Congress to establish “Post Offices and post Roads” but the U. S. Postal Service is a creature out of time. Legally obligated to serve all Americans regardless of geography at uniform price and quality and to pre-fund retiree health benefits in excess of $5 billion annually for the ten years ending in 2016, the USPS must still compete against private package delivery services while having lost much of its former first class business to electronic communications. As a result, the Postal Service has defaulted on its last two payments to the pension fund and is currently running a $41 billion deficit. Congress, which governs the Postal Service, has refused to let the Postal Service end Saturday mail delivery in an effort to cut costs. Has the time come to abolish the Postal Service, to subsidize it directly with tax dollars, or to privatize its functions? What say you? Come join the debate! In the tradition of America’s founders, the Tavern Debate is a parliamentary-style debate, accompanied by food and beverage, in which audience participation is not only encouraged but vital and long-winded questions make good short speeches. Please come prepared to expound upon and defend your views! Cost: $20 (early bird EventBrite purchase only), $30 at the door; $15 for students (early bird EventBrite purchase only; Student ID Required) (Membership has its privileges: $25 at the door with current Federalist Society membership card or Student ID in hand) To register and pre-pay, RSVP by noon on September 25, 2013 at: http://fedsoc-postoffice-tavdebate.eventbrite.com