July 26,1775: U.S. Post Office Created, and 238 Years Later is 26 Billion in Debt & Photographing American’s MailSubmitted by InPursuitOfLiberty on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 04:03
“I view it as a source of boundless patronage to the executive, jobbing to members of Congress & their friends, and a bottomless abyss of public money. You will begin by only appropriating the surplus of the post office revenues; but the other revenues will soon be called into their aid, and it will be a scene of eternal scramble among the members, who can get the most money wasted in their State…”
-Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to James Madison expressing his doubts in postal Roads & postal service
On July 26, 1775, the United States Continental Congress created the US Post Office, and appointed Benjamin Franklin as US postmaster general, recognizing his experience as postmaster general in the colonies prior to.
The Postal Clause of today’s Constitution-whose original went into effect in March of 1789- exists in Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 and authorizes the Congress “To establish Post Offices and Post Roads.”
Note that the Constitution simply authorizes the creation of a post office and post roads, but does not require it, nor mandate that it do so at the severe expense of American’s money and their Rights.
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