Tad DeHaven

The statutory scheme governing operation of the Postal Service permits the agency to make rational adaptations to market and fiscal realities, while still fulfilling its public service obligations. That scheme does not require that long-standing products, service features, and operational practices be maintained primarily for the purpose of preserving a tangible link to an iconic past, or to perpetuate a nostalgic image of the agency or its employees. It would be troubling for the future of the Postal Service if stakeholders responsible for its stewardship allowed their vision to be so clouded that, through omission or commission, they undermined or prevented significant adaptations that could help to preserve the long-term viability and relevance of the postal system. The needs of postal customers are changing. The circumstances affecting the Postal Service are dire. If the Postal Service is to remain viable and relevant, it must be permitted to implement operational and service changes consonant with such changing needs and dire circumstances.

I couldn’t have said it better myself—although I believe that privatization is the best way to “preserve the long-term viability and relevance of the postal system.”


Tad DeHaven

Tad DeHaven is a budget analyst at the Cato Institute. Previously he was a deputy director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget. DeHaven also worked as a budget policy advisor to Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK).