The Chicago Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society
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. All potential speakers (a/k/a attendees) are provided food and a variety of libations suiting nearly any taste or temperament.
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
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)
$20 (early bird EventBrite purchase only), $30 at the door;
$15 for students (early bird EventBrite purchase only; Student ID Required)
(Membership has its privileges: $25 at the door with current Federalist Society membership card or Student ID in hand)
The Heartland Institute’s Library
1 South Wacker Dr. #2740
Chicago, IL 60606
RSVP by 5pm, Sept. 23, 2013
Space is limited; we reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone not pre-registered
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Chicago Federalist Society
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. The Society takes no set position on legal issues, but promotes debate on a variety of historical, current, and developing topics - confident that the truth will out, and it will triumph if men and women of integrity act in accordance therewith.