The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Mail goes missing

Aug 7, 2006

A truck trailer containing more than 90,000 Michigan telephone and cable bills was left in a parking lot in Tennessee for more than three weeks. Post office management’s story is, the trailer was left there by a truck driver hired by a private subcontractor, who arrived after the plant had closed and just found a place to park it.

This sounds like what usually happens when government agencies contract out their work: business owners make out like bandits, while they hire too few workers at too little pay. And service goes still further down the tubes.