Why do Republicans hate the Post Office? And Amtrak? Getting mail is a pretty cool thing, and it seems like a real public good. It seems to be like something the government just ought to ensure gets done for its citizens. Like roads, and airfields, and other public infrastructure. Why do Republicans object to it so?
Especially in a state like Idaho that has folks living remote areas, it seems like subsidizing mail pickup and delivery is just a good use of taxpayer money. I mean, really, does it seem right that people living in Murphy or Grasmere ought to have to bear the full cost of their mail delivery, as if they were to get a FedEx package 5 days a week?
Yes, it does cost taxpayer money, yes it does subsidize rural folks, and yes, increasingly electronics are doing away with the need for mail pickup and delivery. But in the past mail was the only means to exchange documents, and for many people in many places it still is. Hating on the Post Office seems so, petty, and chintzy.
Kinda the same with Amtrak. Why do Republicans think it must stand on its own with no taxpayer help? Again, it is a public infrastructure good. Why can't we help it out?