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(CBS Pittsburgh)   US Postal Service has a foolproof plan to avoid bankruptcy by alienating every single one of their customers   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, U.S. Postal Service, waste management, bankruptcy  
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2012-09-25 12:00:20 AM  
I think it's quaint that we used to get all agitated about "junk mail." After all, junk mail not as intrusive as a telemarketing call, it's not as dangerous as spam (to your computer, anyway), and it doesn't prevent you from enjoying a 7-year-old episode of Law & Order or a holiday showing of Independence Day the way TV commercials do.

The only time it bothers me is when a car dealer sends something in an "official-looking" envelope designed to mimic "government mail."
2012-09-25 10:12:42 AM  

Therion: A Manufactured 'Crisis': Congress Can Let The Post Office Save Itself Without Mass Layoffs Or Service Reductions

"almost all of the postal service's losses over the last four years can be traced back to a single, artificial restriction forced onto the Post Office by the Republican-led Congress in 2006.
At the very end of that year, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Under PAEA, USPS was forced to "prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span" - meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn't even hired yet, something "that no other government or private corporation is required to do."
As consumer advocate Ralph Nader noted, if PAEA was never enacted, USPS would actually be facing a $1.5 billion surplus today

You mean, they actually have to have money in their accounts instead of running a ponzi scheme?
2012-09-25 10:17:53 AM  

KrispyKritter: home delivery 3 times a week would be fine with me.

Once a week would be fine with me. Let's settle on two. That way, the postal carriers can sort their own mail that they then deliver. Bingo. You get to lay off all of the sorters.
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