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Post Office: Fount of High Fashion?

The Postal Service is effectively bankrupt.  So now it wants to get into the fashion business.

By on 2.21.13 | 7:43AM

You've got to hand it to the Postal Service.  Even with a monopoly, it is going broke.  But taxpayers already are subsidizing everyone and everything.  So why not the Post Office as well!?

The obvious solution is to end the government monopoly and privatize the Postal Service.  But Washington never sees the obvious and the Post Office naturally wants to keep going.  So it's come up with a couple new ideas to get back on its feet financially.

Reported the Washington Post:

First the end of Saturday mail, now a new clothing line. The U.S. Postal Service is taking unprecedented steps to make itself relevant and profitable these days.

The cash-strapped agency announced plans on Tuesday to launch a new line of all-weather apparel and accessories sometime next year.

Move over, upscale North Face. Or should it be the grittier Carhartt brand that worries?

The Postal Service chose “Rain Heat & Snow” as its own brand name, alluding to its unofficial motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Only men’s apparel and accessories will be available initially, but the agency plans to add a women’s line in the future, it said Tuesday.

What could be a more obvious solution to the Post Office's money woes? 

The Postal Service can't make money delivering the mail when competition is outlawed, but no matter.  Surely it can make money competing against every fashion designer and department store in America!

Indeed, why stop there?  Why not a Postal Service line of automobiles?  How about special Post Office purses and bags?  Or Postal Service skin products?  The Post Office sends letters overseas--maybe a Postal Service travel service?  Or even a Postal Service airline! 

Washington is broke.  The government must spend less and do less.  Especially when the private sector could do the same work more efficiently.  Like delivering the mail.

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