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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    So - how would it work if there were companies competing to deliver mail to my mailbox? The only way they could compete is by lowering rates . . . to whom?

    The reason why there are less people using the postal service is because there are other, more efficient means of delivering the same things (bills, letters, etc) - the only thing I get in my mailbox are some bills and netflix . . . and junk mail.

    There's no room for incentive, however, for me to receive *more* of these items by mail - and mailing letters is old and outdated and pointless.
    If a system is failing because less people use it - then it's not just failing, it's become outdated and useless. . . and there's no way to revive something that is suffering from age.

    so - how could they stay in business (government or privatized) - they'd have to expand their market-base by offering email and online bill pay of some nature. . . the things that are robbing them of snail-mail profit.

    But how do you do that when your venues are already trumped by other providers?
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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    This thread begs the question of whether the postal service should be a branch of government. Or, has it served its usefulness and should be turned over to private enterprise.

    I don't think anyone can say that UPS and FedX aren't powerhouses when it comes to moving packages and letters. Yes, their costs are much higher right now, but still, if the post office can break even (there's some question about that, but it appears it does -- then, if history is an example, private enterprise could do the job much better and cheaper. Though I'm not sure better because in my entire life I've never had a lost letter. That old check's in the mail gig doesn't hold water at my house. :-)

    I know one thing I'd stop and that's the absolutely ridiculous practice of carrying mail to people's doors. What a waste of manpower. Mailboxes at the street - or, if cars are the street are a problem in a neighborhood because there are no driveways, mailboxes at the sidewalk. Honestly, how inefficient is walking a piece of mail up the stairs to someone's home? There's got to be a better way. You can bet that private enterprise would find it.
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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    Postal worker have an attitude problem. There is too much featherbedding going on in the postal work force.

    The post office near me does not even open until 10:00 AM. They don't even have a ****ing stamp machine in the lobby. They only take cash when a customer wants to buy stamps and they act like they are doing you a favor. I hate them.

    I realize we need a constitutional amendment to rid ourselves of this out of date money eating monster. We could save billions by turning it over to private enterprise.

    Thank you very much..
    So because you have crappy postal service workers in your town you think that we should abolish the USPS entirely?

    As for it being out of date? It is still the most widely used form of sending letters and items in the US today....so it is hardly out of date.
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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    So because you have crappy postal service workers in your town you think that we should abolish the USPS entirely?

    As for it being out of date? It is still the most widely used form of sending letters and items in the US today....so it is hardly out of date.
    I was being a weenie.

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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    In the far future, after the conservatives and tea-baggers burn themselves out, we may have socialism and it will be a far better world.
    I think your 'lean' is out of date. For some reason it says 'independant'.

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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by fredmertz View Post
    To me, it's not a matter of whether or not it is sustainable. But whether or not the government has the authority to create such a system. If they do, they take that away from the private sector. Another industry the government controls instead of a for-profit organization benefiting more citizens of the US. I believe it should be abolished only for the reason that it should have never existed.
    Yeah, if the founding fathers wanted the government to run a post office, they would have put that into the Constitution or something!

    Oh wait.... what's this in Article 1 Section 8?: "To establish Post Offices and Post Roads"

    Those damned founding fathers! Always knew they were socialists!

    EDIT: Sorry, should have read the entire thread first. Should have known someone would have made this point.
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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    similarly situated Postal workers tend to make more than those working at UPS and Fed Ex. UPS is teamsters union where I live
    You're right. What can we do to get UPS workers up to a decent wage?

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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    You're right. What can we do to get UPS workers up to a decent wage?
    We can't do anything - we can't control corporate greed.
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    Re: Abolish the Postal Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    You're right. What can we do to get UPS workers up to a decent wage?
    Lol, UPS is unionized and the workers make plenty.

    WikiAnswers - What is the average wage of UPS truck drivers

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