By Douglas V. Gibbs

The postal service has always seemed to have been on the ropes as long as I can remember.  It has always been a testimony to the fact that if the government runs something, they will not run it efficiently, and will likely run it into the ground.  Some folks think we should privatize the post office, but I disagree.  It is a constitutionally enumerated power of the federal government, and so the government needs to figure out a way to make it work.
Member of the United States House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has, according to what I was told earlier today, an idea for saving the age-old federal government service.  Get pen pals.  But, don’t worry, her idea includes the government getting those pen pals for you, setting up a “progressive pen pal program” which will then encourage you to buy more stamps.
First, in her little video, she actually just says “buy more stamps.”  Then she realized, you have to have a reason to buy more stamps.  Besides, consumers simply buying more of a product sounds way too capitalistic.  So then, she launches into the government creating a pen pal program.
And how much money would it cost the government to maintain that pen pal program?  Wouldn’t it just be easier to treat the post office like a business, cut the waste, increase efficiency, and create other products for the customers so that they will flock to the post office to use those services?  You know, as if it was a private business figuring out a way to establish some profit?
Naw, that’s no good, because AOC wants more government programs, not efficient government programs.  Start hiring, Uncle Sam, we need patriots connecting pen pals nationwide so that people will buy more stamps.
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