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  •  You're not giving me much options. (14+ / 0-)

    I want to simply vote "No", but I can't agree with any of the qualifiers you put on your "No" answers.

    I think that the post office is under attack, but it will survive, because UPS and FedEx aren't going to get into delivering ordinary mail. There are people who want to drive the post office out, but there's no one who can do their job.

    Denying a one cent increase in postal rates is partly an attack in the post office, and partly simply phony populism. Someone might make an attack out of raising postal rates. America as one of the lowest postal rates in the world. People complain about how high postage is, but if they had to send their letters by FedEx, they would pay a lot more.

    It's a manufactured crisis. The USPS is having trouble because they are forced to fund their retirement fund for 70 years. That means they are paying for the retirement of people who haven't even been BORN yet. No business has to do this, UPS and FedEx do not have to. It's an attempt to drive the post office out of business.

    But I don't think it will work. I don't think that the public would stand to close down the post office. It is controversial enough to limit delivery and close down some branches.

    The solution is to give the USPS a break and stop forcing them to make unreasonable levels of funding for the retirement programs.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 11:25:39 PM PST

    •  You are right and funny. (0+ / 0-)

      You wanted just a simple 'no' option?  I'm glad you added your footnote.

      I agree on most, but the constitution doesn't say that Post Offices and Post roads can't be privately owned or even a publicly traded corporation.

      It just states that Congress will establish them.

      In fact I'm sure Republicans will insist that the lack of any asignation of responsibility to the goverment is proof itself that the founding fathers never intended the post office  to remain a government service.

      I'm pretty sure that that implied intent is doomed as well.

    •  The solution is to give the USPS a break (2+ / 0-)
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      renzo capetti, furi kuri

      Is Tom Delay still in prison? Can we keep him there?

    •  What will happen is (0+ / 0-)

      ...that the Postal Service will survive by handling unprofitable residential deliveries for UPS and FedEx at taxpayer-subsidized rates.

      Privatize the profits, socialize the losses.

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