Monday, August 2, 2010

Secret Bailout Exposed: FedEx Express Attacks UPS

It looks like recent regulation passed by Congress has allowed for a backdoor bailout of "Big Brown", the unionized parcel carrier UPS. "Activists" aligned with FedEx Express have counter-attacked with a new website, www.brownbailout.com:
What is this all about?
  • trying to keep up with the competition in today’s need-it-now, around-the-world, around-the-clock, just-in-time economy . . .
  • wanting to return to the days when it operated as an unchallenged monopoly and raised prices whenever it wanted . . .
  • now using its political muscle to write its own “Big Brown” Government bailout . . .
  • to force the world’s most efficient airline to operate under trucking rules that have never applied to airlines . . .
  • at the expense of those who depend on America’s next-day commerce system for essential medicines, critical parts and important shipments.
Using their clout as the “biggest giver to U.S. lawmakers,” UPS hopes to slip this bailout in under the radar.

UPS lobbyists have buried a short 230-word legislative bailout deep inside the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 currently before Congress. It’s worth billions to “Big Brown” at the expense of today’s American economy that thrives on next-day commerce, competitive shipping options and ready access to markets around the world.
This is an exciting new front in the war on special interest lobbying as first launched by Frederic Bastiat in 1849 with The Law:
Oh, sublime writers! Please remember sometimes that this clay, this sand, and this manure which you so arbitrarily dispose of, are men! They are your equals! They are intelligent and free human beings like yourselves! As you have, they too have received from God the faculty to observe, to plan ahead, to think, and to judge for themselves!
Back then, special interest lobbying was known simply as "socialism", which it still is today even though people don't call it that.

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