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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    better that than losses.
    But that's the point. It won't get rid of losses. It will just get rid of some of the mail they have to deliver.

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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    It's seems more ridiculous that, again, your side's answer to everything is to just "raise rates". Higher prices mean less usage of the post office.

    Kind of like raising taxes.........oh crap, never mind.
    The rates have to cover the cost of the service. Losing more money on every letter would not help the bottom line.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by buck View Post
    Because they determiend it was not a lack of revenue.
    I would be interested in seeing what it was and the sources you are referring to.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    The rates have to cover the cost of the service.
    How many letters can a mailman deliver in an hour?

    Let's see. If he went to 50 houses in an hour and delivered 5 letters per house (including paid-for junk mail), that's $125 of mail in an hour. For the day, that's $1,000. How much does the mailman make? What did it cost to transport and sort it?

    Again, find efficiencies.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    The rates have to cover the cost of the service.
    If it's a private business, then yes. If it's government, then no. Government doesn't need to turn a profit on everything, it merely needs to exist.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    It's seems more ridiculous that, again, your side's answer to everything is to just "raise rates". Higher prices mean less usage of the post office.

    Kind of like raising taxes.........oh crap, never mind.
    Lets see now

    you make a post suggesting that rates be raised for 44 cents to $100.00.
    Others suggest that maybe a more modest increase - perhaps to 50 cents would take care of the financial shortfall.

    But according to you that is "more ridiculous" than your proposed 200 times increase.

    Sure... we get it.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    If it's a private business, then yes. If it's government, then no. Government doesn't need to turn a profit on everything, it merely needs to exist.
    This is an excellent point. If it truly is a government service, then the rates charged do not have to actually cover the actual cost of the service.
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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Lets see now

    you make a post suggesting that rates be raised for 44 cents to $100.00.
    Others suggest that maybe a more modest increase - perhaps to 50 cents would take care of the financial shortfall.

    But according to you that is "more ridiculous" than your proposed 200 times increase.

    Sure... we get it.
    Apparently, you don't get the point. It went right over your head, so here you go....

    If you raise the rates to 75 cents, why not 85 cents? Shoot, why not $1 or $1.50. Now we're making money! Why stop there, let's take it to $5 and make a killing. How about $100..........

    Do you not see the point in the hyperbole?

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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    I would be interested in seeing what it was and the sources you are referring to.
    Just do a search for postal service rate increase rejected. It happened like a year ago.

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    Re: Postal Service on path to be broke by October

    The post office was pretty decently run iirc, it was actually profitable until a few years ago. I don't mind phasing it out in the modern era, but whatever replaces it needs to insure access to all Americans as public infrastructure. E-mail doesn't cut it alone, as it can't deliver small items like credits cards, not is it available to 100% of people.

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