A Tavern Debate - Resolved: Privatize the Post Office

The Chicago Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, September 26, 2013 05:30 PM
End : Thursday, September 26, 2013 07:30 PM

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The Heartland Institute’s Library
1 South Wacker Dr. #2740
Chicago, IL 60606

Please join us for a Tavern Debate - Resolved: Privatize the Post Office.

The U.S. Constitution empowers the Congress to establish “post offices and post roads” but the U.S. Postal Service is a creature out of time. Legally obligated to serve all Americans regardless of geography at uniform price and quality and to pre-fund retiree health benefits in excess of $5 billion annually for the ten years ending in 2016, the USPS must still compete against private package delivery services while having lost much of its former first class business to electronic communications. As a result, the Postal Service has defaulted on its last two payments to the pension fund and is currently running a $41 billion deficit. Congress, which governs the Postal Service, has refused to let the Postal Service end Saturday mail delivery in an effort to cut costs. Has the time come to abolish the Postal Service, to subsidize it directly with tax dollars, or to privatize its functions? What say you? Come join the debate!

In the tradition of America’s founders, the Tavern Debate is a parliamentary-style debate accompanied by food and beverage, in which audience participation is not only encouraged but vital, and long-winded questions make good short speeches affirming or denying the resolution. Please come prepared to expound upon and defend your views.

Registration details:

5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Gavel Drops
(Note: building security may not let you in after 6:00 p.m., so don’t be late)

Cost: $20, $30 at the door; $15 for students (student ID required)
**With early bird EventBrite registration only
(Membership has its privileges: $25 at the door with current Federalist Society membership card or Student ID in hand.)

RSVP by 5pm, Sept. 23, 2013 at

Space is limited; we reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone not pre-registered.