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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    I'm reading through this thread and I'm seeing a lot of appeals to emotion. But the fact is the post office is an economic drain, and it needs to be on the chopping block. We can't govern based on warm and fuzzy feeling from our childhood. We can cut the post office and life will go on. People will just have to start using fedex or ups or dhl. It's irrational support for wasteful government spending in areas where entrepreneurs simply do the same thing better, and we can't afford to subsidize nostalgia.

    The lack of government meddling in the postage industry will lead to enhanced competition, and net economic stimulus for this country. Better yet, there is no way to outsource postage delivery jobs, so they stay right here. This is one instance where I think everybody can agree the free market knows best.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    And eliminate all these small town post offices. I'm talking a town of 300 people will have a post office. In almost every case their will be a larger town near by. An example of this is a town I lived that had one hundred seventy some people. We had a post office but we did not have deliverymen, it was strictly postal boxes. The neighboring town of 25k people was only 6 miles away where most people in the area worked anyway. So why not remove the expense of having a separate post office. I dont think many would have complained.

    Another easy money saver would be to require everyone to have a mailbox at the street. The town I currently live requires all new homes to have a mailbox at the curb however any current houses at the time of the law change were exempt. So we have thousands of homes with mailboxes at the front door meaning mail carriers must walk the routes costing us ALOT more in man hours.
    why not just raise rates? mailing a letter is cheap........

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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    why not just raise rates? mailing a letter is cheap........
    Like they haven't several times in recent years? Every time they do, the traffic in the mail room goes down.

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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    I'm reading through this thread and I'm seeing a lot of appeals to emotion. But the fact is the post office is an economic drain, and it needs to be on the chopping block. We can't govern based on warm and fuzzy feeling from our childhood. We can cut the post office and life will go on. People will just have to start using fedex or ups or dhl. It's irrational support for wasteful government spending in areas where entrepreneurs simply do the same thing better, and we can't afford to subsidize nostalgia.

    The lack of government meddling in the postage industry will lead to enhanced competition, and net economic stimulus for this country. Better yet, there is no way to outsource postage delivery jobs, so they stay right here. This is one instance where I think everybody can agree the free market knows best.
    While I agree in concept, it would damage the access, I'm afraid.

    There's a ton of FedEx places in the suburbs. Not so much in the ghetto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    why not just raise rates? mailing a letter is cheap........
    That seems the obvious solution.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    That seems the obvious solution.
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    Yeah, just raise it to $100 a letter, and.......problem solved!!

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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    While I agree in concept, it would damage the access, I'm afraid.

    There's a ton of FedEx places in the suburbs. Not so much in the ghetto.
    You've got a point there. I envision a system where the role of the federal postal service has been radically reduced to minimal services such as you're talking about. Perhaps even postal vouchers for low-income earners similar to the foodstamp program would be helpful to correct this necessary systemic inequity.

    So I'm ok with providing reduced cost of free government delivery of a low incomer earner's car insurance payment, etc. But the important thing is we drastically reduce costs of the extraneous postal services; any delivery service that is basically a luxury subsidized by the taxpayer will have to go.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    why not just raise rates? mailing a letter is cheap........
    Last time they tried it was rejected and determined that raising the rates wouldn't change the fundamental problems that the post office has.

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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Now I feel like a sucker for buying all those "forever" stamps.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Even more interesting how, with all of this virtually guaranteed business, the post office went bankrupt.
    Seems pretty simple. They didn't charge these companies enough to exploit a public service.
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