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Why the Biden Administration Needs to Prioritize the U.S. Postal Service

Dan Drezner calls on the Biden administration to make the U.S. Postal Service a central pillar to refurbishing America’s infrastructure, via his Washington Post column.

In his televised address this month reflecting on our year of pandemic life, President Biden argued for a rethinking of how Americans should view their relationship to the state: “We need to remember the government isn’t some foreign force in a distant capital. No, it’s us. All of us.” This is quite the conceptual shift from Ronald Reagan cracking, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help,’ ” or Bill Clinton declaring, “The era of big government is over.”

The residual libertarian in me is wary of Biden’s pronouncement. The political scientist in me looks at the erosion of trust in institutions and authority and concludes that as messages go in 2021, this is not the worst one.

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