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Forum Post: Save our Post Office

Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 31, 2011, 4:57 p.m. EST by jfleni (2)
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Save our Post Office! Every day, thousands of tons of junk mail, at rates that are almost free, are dumped on unwilling people, while the Post Office is going broke! Make the rich pay much more for this "service" to drum up business for them!



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[-] 1 points by nucleus (3291) 11 years ago

fact check:

Bulk mail makes money for the PO.

Bush administration negotiated PO health and retirement payments to be paid in full 75 years in advance in exchange for no layoffs. That has bankrupted the postal system.

If the Postal Service goes down, FedEx and UPS have no competition, which I believe was the true intention of bankrupting it: OUTSOURCE FOR PROFIT

[-] 1 points by thebeastchasingitstail (1912) 11 years ago

I'm helping to save it by giving it plenty of business.

And it does not lose billions per year, check your facts down there, monkeyboy69.

[-] 1 points by Monkeyboy69 (150) 11 years ago

Post office should be privatized ... It looses billions a year ...

[-] 1 points by thebeastchasingitstail (1912) 11 years ago

Yea, it is not losing billions, the Congress recently set it up to fail by requiring them to fund pensions 75 years in advance for workers who don't work there yet & haven't even been born.

If not for the pension reserve, it is operating in the black. Congress also owes USPS money from the general fund but is hemming and hawing about giving it to them.

Like I said, setting it up to fail.

And UPS & Fedex are not cheaper NOR more reliable than the postal service.

You can't mail a letter for 45 cents at ups or fedex but forget that.

I've used all three for shipping packages for my business and USPS is the best & cheapest by far.

They are quite efficient. The only complaints I have is with surly clerks, but there are surly people at Fedex & UPS, too.

[-] 1 points by Uriah (218) 11 years ago

I don't know where you live, but the majority of the bulk mailings I get (which goes into the box by my fireplace to help start a nice warm fire) are by smaller local companies, like car dealers for example.

There are alot of reasons the PO is going broke, but I don't think that is one of them. Personally, I don't care if they go under. There is already PLENTY of competition that I'm sure could do it better and cheaper.

They've been running ads on the radio here (postal union) talking about having service take longer and cutting out Saturdays, not to mention laying off thousands of workers.

Too bad, they had their chance and blew it, not that it matters anyway, email and texting really put a hurt on them.