|The National Academy of Public Administration has released a 'Work-in-Progress' report entitled 'Restructuring the U.S. Postal System: The Case for a Hybrid Public-Private Postal System.' The Academy is now embarking on a study of this proposal, which would privatize a large portion of the country's postal system. The proposal is predictably one-dimensional -- as befits men who seemingly have little or no sense of the public service mission for which the Post Office was created 238 years ago under the direction of Benjamin Franklin. Its purpose, then as now, was democracy and equality, not efficiency or profit. Thus, the report omits much.
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