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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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5849 clicks; posted to Business » on 22 Sep 2012 at 3:06 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-09-22 03:06:33 PM  
6 votes:
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
2012-09-22 09:54:37 PM  
2 votes:
The people being alienated are not their "customers".

As with facebook, the people you are referring to are the PRODUCT. The people paying the post office (junk mailers) are the customers in this case...
2012-09-22 09:08:54 PM  
1 vote:
home delivery 3 times a week would be fine with me.
2012-09-22 07:41:28 PM  
1 vote:


I'm not going to give some random company my SSN, birthdate and telephone number. Name and address should be enough. Thanks for the link, though.

The bigger issue with junk mail, unsolicited calls, emails, texts and faxes is that the US government considers it all free speech. The US government recognizes corporations and other organizations as people, which means that first amendment rights are extended to them. What needs to happen is that the concept of corporate personhood needs to be abolished. Then we can get some privacy laws enacted, such as opt-in advertising.

If that results in the USPS moving to a 3 day delivery schedule, then so be it.
2012-09-22 07:38:55 PM  
1 vote:

stonicus: We need to quit subsidizing advertising for large corporations through the USPS!!!!

I thought it was the other way around--the companies that pay to send junk mail are subsidizing the dirt-low rates for normal letters.
2012-09-22 05:41:27 PM  
1 vote:
Is there a way to impeach the congresscritters who came up with these mandates that caused all these problems in the first place?
2012-09-22 04:10:30 PM  
1 vote:
I don't think that subby knows what a customer is.
2012-09-22 03:32:44 PM  
1 vote:

skinink: Bastard mailman, he will make sure the junk mail is in my mailbox before he'll try to fit my Netflix DVDs in my box. And he used to break some of the disks if he could fit them in the mailbox, or else he would place them on a shelf where anyone could take them.

Yes, it's your mailman's fault that your mailbox is too small.
2012-09-22 03:15:24 PM  
1 vote:
"About 60 percent of Americans will act upon a hard copy piece of mail," he said.

Yeah, like "throw it away."

I wonder if the Direct Marketing Association would be interested in buying the USPS?
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