Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: The postal service would be fine had Congress not attached a shackle to its balls and told it to make do.
NeedlesslyCanadian: ...subby's never heard of these? These things are everywhere in new housing subdivisions and townhouse complexes.
Nuclear Monk: They could always just charge regular postage for all mail, instead of allowing lower rate junk mail. My mail volume would drop tremendously....they'd have to use the little flag on the box to let me know if there was really something in there.I'm not against the USPS per se, but technology and the world is changing, and they shouldn't be immune to its effects. Most mail could go away, and delivery could drop to perhaps once a week.
2xhelix: vossiewulf: Fark those invalids anyway for making the bad choice to be disabled.Especially the growing number of senior citizens that are too chicken shiat to walk down icy sidewalks in winter, just because they're afraid of breaking a stupid hip.
TheOmni: Before considering any Republican proposal about the USPS, keep in mind that they want them to fail and actively take steps to encourage that failure.If I had to walk down the street for my mail I would no longer get mail. Currently, for me, the postal service is primarily an advertising service that offers a few non-advertising services as well. The overwhelming majority of what I receive in the mail is simply ads. So there's just no reason for me to do anything more out of the way then the end of my driveway.
themindiswatching: My condo complex has bigger mailboxes just for packages. The mailman leaves the key for one in your mailbox if you get a package that doesn't fit.
MutantMotherMouse: I don't know why they don't quit charging for PO boxes. Assign one to everyone in their zone. No need for delivery clerks. Saves massive amounts on gas, insurance, vehicle upkeep, etc. The amount of money the post office has paid my mother-in-law alone in worker's comp for the multiple times her delivery jeep has been plowed down, they could build another post office just for her delivery route.
Nadie_AZ: Shadowknight: Somehow, I don't think this is going to work in all places in the US.[www.publicdomainpictures.net image 615x368]What, not everyone lives in NYC or nearby?
WhoopAssWayne: If the democrats want publicly subsidized buggy-whips / snail mail - let them pay for it. Just make them pay for it with extra tax - then you'll see how much they care about these issues.
grimlock1972: Also Clusterboxes are fail when it comes to getting a package in the mail.
serial_crusher: I've been using this service called Outbox and liking it. They take all your mail and scan it, so you just delete the crap and have easy access to important mails from your phone.
prjindigo: We called them "post offices" and we had them everywhere but for some reason they were considered too expensive.3/4 of the mailing addresses in the US have boxes paid for by the resident at the location. Does congress even have a clue how much cluster boxes cost to replace?
vossiewulf: Barfmaker: God forbid you'd have to walk down the street for your mail.[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x266]Fark those invalids anyway for making the bad choice to be disabled.
Ima4nic8or: The cluster boxes suck but I have to wonder if submitter got this story from the 1960s or 1970s. I am in my mid 40s and aside from my childhood homes I have never owned/lived in a house with its own mailbox. Here in CA they are rare in anything built later than the 1970s. Even the first home I owned, a condo built in 1969 had the dreaded cluster boxes. In my opinion they do suck and are a sign of creeping socialism, which now even the republicans apparently support, but its hard to get that worked up about them when they have been around for 30+ years and already outnumber individual mailboxes.
Dwindle: tripleseven:You are aware that the USPS is funded by postage fees, and not tax, right?I mean, you are aware of that, right? You're not just spouting uninformed lies and bullshiat on the internets... right?The post office goes billions of dollars in debt a year, limping along on tax payer money, because it is so fantastically expensive and wasteful the cost of postage doesn't come close to paying for it's service.In case you were completely unaware of why we are having this entire conversation in the first place.
Dwindle: I love how Democrats always stand up for the post office
Barfmaker: 2xhelix: Barfmaker: Do you really think that senior citizens stay holed up all winter never leaving their houses?Many sadly do or only go out when they have someone to drive them somewhere. Just ask anyone who volunteers with Meals On Wheels.I suspect you're being purposely obtuse in missing my point however to play your game, if someone is game enough to bring a meal to these shut-ins, don't you think they'd pop across the street to check the mail once in a while?Or wouldn't their son/daughter who visits once a week/two weeks do it?Because if nobody will do that for them and they can't do it themselves, then would they even be living in their homes alone in the first place? Who clears their walkway?We're speaking of senior citizens here, not cripples or invalids (regardless of age). My friends who are both 73 are leaving for another trip to Europe in another week. They golf regularly when they're not travelling. They are, in my experience, normal for their age.Maybe elderly Canadians are much different from the elderly in your country but, while we have invalids here of every age, being a senior citizen doesn't seem to be a debilitating condition on its own.We also have Meals On Wheels and in many cases centralized mailboxes and our society hasn't crumbled. Noticeably.
theflatline: The post office could make profit, just like the other two do, but they government will not let it, they want to piece it off to the private sector.
efgeise: serial_crusher: I've been using this service called Outbox and liking it. They take all your mail and scan it, so you just delete the crap and have easy access to important mails from your phone.
jst3p: Ima4nic8or: The cluster boxes suck but I have to wonder if submitter got this story from the 1960s or 1970s. I am in my mid 40s and aside from my childhood homes I have never owned/lived in a house with its own mailbox. Here in CA they are rare in anything built later than the 1970s. Even the first home I owned, a condo built in 1969 had the dreaded cluster boxes. In my opinion they do suck and are a sign of creeping socialism, which now even the republicans apparently support, but its hard to get that worked up about them when they have been around for 30+ years and already outnumber individual mailboxes.How exactly do they "suck" and wtf do they have to do with "socialism"?
poot_rootbeer: At my apartment complex, if you get a package the mail carrier just takes it back to the station and lies to this supervisor about having made a delivery attempt and left a notice for you. Then on Saturday morning you wait in line with 30 other people the same thing happened to.
Bung_Howdy: vossiewulf: Barfmaker: God forbid you'd have to walk down the street for your mail.[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x266]Fark those invalids anyway for making the bad choice to be disabled.and fark anybody that believes things should ever remain as they are or were
tripleseven: You are aware that the USPS is funded by postage fees, and not tax, right?
BuckTurgidson: Same here, since the Post Office is infinitely more Constitutional than the Air Force or a standing army in peacetime or God.or marriage.
Pray 4 Mojo: Shadowknight: Somehow, I don't think this is going to work in all places in the US.[www.publicdomainpictures.net image 615x368]Yeah... that would totally never happen in rural areas. Never..[thumbs.dreamstime.com image 800x622]
Yogimus: AdolfOliverPanties: optikeye: Geeze...The GOP is really trying to drive America into third world country territory. No space program, no education, no roads, no research.Yep, and the massive concentration of wealth at the very top. It is shameful they've been able to take their plan as far as they have already.Meanwhile you have complete ignorant farksticks saying Obama is deliberately trying to tear the country apart (they never do give a reason why he may want to do that though; they just say that he is.)wait... which party has been in power for all of this?
Somacandra: This will make it more difficult for old and obese people on hoverrounds. Therefore it will not pass, even though it would help kill the USPS just that much more.
Satanic_Hamster: Right wing troll accounts:Listen. I know you guys are trolls and love "pissing off the libs" and arguing against anything "a lib" is in favor of.But please, look at this from a matter of helping the conservative / Republican party. Do you realize how batshiat crazy pissed off this type of proposal will make old people? Old people, who are a fairly core and reliable Republican voting block?Liberals, Progressives, Democrats, and moderates:Just let the Republicans run with this. It won't make it past the Senate and it will give all the Democrats next election the ability to run on a platform of "Republicans want to stop the elderly from getting mail delivery at home and we're the only thing protecting it."
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