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TODAY! From The U.S. Postal Service!

stampFirst Class Postage is raised to 49 cents TODAY!

THIS, at the request of the postal service, to keep operating.  Of course, they have been required to operate at a ‘profit’ since 1970, and have maintained their status as a losing proposition since that time.

In other words, in the RED!

“Why don’t we just get rid of them?”  You ask.

Well, we’ve millions of retired postal employees with their cushy pensions and medical care they were promised to deal with.

AND, there’s that pesky Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress “To establish Post Offices and post Roads“.(Wikipedia)

Therefore, it would take a Constitutional Amendment to abolish the Post Office.

First Class Postage (2004)  37 cents

First Class Postage (1994)  29 cents

First Class Postage (1984)  20 cents

First Class Postage (1963)  4 cents  (Yep, LBJ started the sharp uphill battle.)

No wonder most people now use Email and UPS!

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


15 thoughts on “TODAY! From The U.S. Postal Service!

  1. One important thing to consider, though:

    The Post Office would be operating at a profit, if it weren’t for a requirement imposed upon it by the government that no other type of business has: It is required to fund pension and health benefits 75 years in advance! This means that they are socking away billions of dollars for employees that aren’t even BORN yet.

    What would UPS be charging if they had that requirement?

    Posted by Tomi | January 27, 2014, 8:30 am
    • And WHO came up with THAT requirement?

      I was making two points here – The Postal Service is expensive and antiquated, and will take a Constitutional Amendment to fix.
      Whether or not you use their service is your business.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | January 27, 2014, 8:46 am
  2. I remember when I was a little boy it was 3 Cents. Soon it will be a dollar.

    Posted by harp1034 | January 27, 2014, 11:59 am
  3. RE: Who came up with that requirement? It was passed by a GOP congress and signed by G. W. Bush in 2006, when the USPS was operating comfortably in the black. Having this artificial financial burden that no other public or private entity has changed that pretty quick.

    As far as issues of expense go, all I can go by is my own personal experience. When I was working on my master’s thesis, and mailing and faxing things all over the world, the USPS was by far cheaper than UPS or FED-EX for sending packages. Had no trouble, everything arrived as scheduled and with no issues.
    I did use UPS for international faxing services (something USPS doesn’t do) when Office Max proved themselves to be completely incompetent.

    One change I’d love to see in our USPS is something several European countries have, and that is individual choice over junk mail. For example, in the Netherlands you can choose what type of mail you get, personal, business, personalized mailers, anonymous bulk mail, etc. That would be awesome! I think having that sort of choice would help cut costs and discourage bulk mailers from sending junk all the time.

    I have to confess, I’ve just never understood the antipathy toward the USPS. I think being able to drop a piece of paper in a box and have it arrive in my friend’s home in NYC in less than a week for less than a dollar is pretty amazing.

    Posted by Tomi | January 27, 2014, 12:16 pm
    • I’ve friends who work for them. They are good people. They do process staggering amounts of mail, and get most of it to the addresses given.
      Given the sharp increase in first class (since LBJ) and the other services offered by private enterprise they do not, AND, the ‘I’m a gov’t employee and don’t have to be courteous to you’ customer service rep, coupled with the being forced to cover employees 75 years out, things can and should be improved.
      A ‘do not mail’ list, akin to the do not call list, would help consumers and postal workers eliminate the huge volume of junk mail. It’s obvious, with the decline of newspaper subscriptions, that mail is a primary paper advertiser. And offering a competitive Email-computer subscription service would help too – providing the NSA didn’t have a back door…

      Posted by guffaw1952 | January 27, 2014, 6:35 pm
  4. If it weren’t for junk mail, they’d be even worse off… sigh… REFORM is LONG overdue!

    Posted by oldnfo | January 27, 2014, 5:44 pm
  5. They are good people
    Like most organizations, there are some very good, a lot of good and some stinkers.
    My possibly dyslexic, definitely numb brained knuckle dragger mail carrier falls into the latter.
    After filing numerous complaints about lost mail and packages, wrong mail and not being notified that I had a package sitting in the PO for almost two weeks, I finally got the supervisor to tell me “She’s being monitored”.
    Some victory as I cussed my way to the neighbors house to deliver their mail that had been put in my box. :p

    50 cents to mail something is still pretty cheap if you mail like I do…very seldom. To a business, this is definitely going to cause a price hike for the customers.

    Posted by KM | January 27, 2014, 7:12 pm
    • Yep. I don’t know the percentages, but obviously working for a bureaucratiZILLA with union and legislative protection
      could be good. For the workers.
      IF they can stand the boredom and working conditions.
      One of my close friends has been with them for over 30 years, but worries eery years about cuts and work assignments.
      AND, he’s a veteran!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | January 27, 2014, 10:59 pm
      • The USPS is the largest employer of veterans.

        Just a little fun factoid.

        Posted by Tomi | January 28, 2014, 7:50 am
      • I believe they are the largest group within the government of employees, period. My friend, the long term postal worker, is a veteran, and believes the reason for all the people ‘going postal’ is the veteran’s preference hiring and undiagnosed PTSD.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | January 28, 2014, 8:40 am
  6. I use USPS a lot. Decnet prices, mail always makes it to its destination, often sooner than predicted. UPS and FEDEX from my corner of the state are more costly and remarkably unreliable. Their one day service is not guaranteed and if weather is bad it might not show up for weeks.

    Posted by Matt | January 28, 2014, 7:29 am
  7. As best I can tell, abolishing the USPS would not require a constitutional amendment. Congress is not required to exercise the power to establish post offices and post roads, no more than it was, from the ratification of the Constitution until 1794, required to “provide and maintain a Navy.”

    Posted by AuricTech | January 28, 2014, 1:34 pm

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