Lion, Ostrich, Shepherd and You
I write often about the value of not becoming sheep people. I chuckle at the analogy of the ostrich sticking its head in the sand to escape the lions. Since lions never play by the rules, I often wonder how many holes on the African plains are filled with ostrich heads. In any event, when it comes to politics, follow your shepherds, if you must. I prefer to look at reality from my perspective.
If you happen to pay federal taxes, this should be of interest to you.
Federal Express, a private company, employs 300,000 people and earned $3 Billion last year.
United Parcel Service, a private company, employs 400,000 people and earned $4 Billion last year.
The United States Post Office, a government-run business, will now suspend mail delivery services on Saturdays. As taxpayers, you should be thrilled. The Post Office employs 574,000 people and lost $16 Billion last year. Perhaps, without mail delivery on Saturdays, the USPO will lose less than $16 B next year.
I won’t ask how much you earn, but I would guess you don’t work nearly as hard as postal employees. In addition to full government benefits, they start at $50,000 per year with no experience, and up to $80,000 per year, with experience.
Who pays that $16 B loss? You do.
Here is another example.