"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
It would cost more to send paper documents by private courier than it would via public postal service. We already have competition established for bigger packages and I'm okay with that.
The fear of socialism is getting out of hand. It's not dying because it's government run but because everyone uses e-mail now. Please get a grip people.
A good example would be from my own experience. The military must ensure that its personnel receive important documentation. The best way to ensure that is to use the USPS. I have received important personal documents through the mail from the military. They could not come via email. I have also had to ship important personal documents via mail. Things such as ID cards, that could not go any other way except USPS and had to go back to the state that was handling my discharge paperwork.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
If it's true that 80% of their costs go to employees then I would say it's fair to blame the downfall on the unions. I am skeptical of this number though.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
With a USPS.com account, local, state, and the federal governments could automatically send it to all USPS.com accounts. This is important because every citizen would automatically be entitled to a USPS.com account.
And, again, that's even if we use e-mail, which I think may go obsolete. A better thing to do would be to make the USPS site a social networking site. On it, government officials could communicate to everyone else on it.
The reason why this is important is mostly for emergency announcements from the government, but also as a way to ensure the people get vital information.
Take, for example, the Hurricane Irene. It hit areas not used to hurricanes. The Department of Homeland Security could use the USPS site to send information on how to properly prepare for a hurricane to those who have never experienced one before. Local and state governments could use it to post information, such as mandatory evacuation areas.
There's a ton of benefit to this, mostly informing people on the things they need to know that they may not even know they need to know.
And there are other benefits as well, such as constituents being able to better monitor the doings of their elected officials, and not just on the federal level - on the state and local level as well.
Something like this WILL happen one day. It's inevitable because the internet revolution is inevitable. It's affected the entertainment industry. Now it's affecting the communication industry. And just like corporations have to accept the new reality so too will our government as well as its constituents.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
Its a little both government attempting to run a function the private sector can do better and its failure to adapt to newer technologies. Time start the privatization process like what Japan did back in 2006 and go farther than they did.
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