Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2010
Postal Service

The 112th Congress should
  • privatize the U.S. Postal Service and
  • repeal the Private Express Statutes that preserve the postal monopoly.

Jeff Jacoby writes:
     Something is not wrong -- intrinsically wrong, bad in and of itself -- merely because it is illegal. It is against the law to put anything without postage into someone's mailbox. If your neighbor prints flyers advertising a yard sale and drops one into each letterbox on the street, he has broken the law, but would anyone say he has done something evil?

Constitutional History

1. Records of the Federal Convention see also roads and transportation
2. John Jay to George Washington, 21 Sept. 1788
3. House of Representatives, Post Office Bill, 6--7 Dec. 1791 3, 5 Jan. 1792
4. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 6 Mar. 1796
5. St. George Tucker, Blackstone's Commentaries 1:App. 264--65, 1803
6. William Rawle, A View of the Constitution of the United States 103--4 1829 (2d ed.)
7. Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution 3: 1119--42, 1144--45, 1833
"Already the post-office establishment realizes a revenue exceeding two millions of dollars, from which it defrays all its own expenses...."
  1. William Blackstone, Commentaries 1:311 (1765)
  2. Records of the Federal Convention, Farrand 1:243; 2:135, 144, 159, 167--68, 303, 322, 328, 569, 595
  3. An Act to Establish the Post-Office of the United States, 1 Stat. 733 (1799)


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