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  • I like the Post Office
    contrarian
    But don't use it as much as I used to. Almost all my bills are paid online. I really don't want them to close on Saturday morning because I work days. They do need to find a way to become more efficient. I heard they're trying to encourage more junk mail, er call that customer information mail. Here's an idea, my newspaper delivery is pretty poor, how about delivering papers with the mail? Oh right, only us fogies read a paper anymore, all the young folks are online? Does Yahoo news really cover the local stories?
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  • Postal costs vs revenue
    Moderate
    First, I have no direct knowledge on what I am writing so these are more or less questions. Doesn't it cost more to deliver non profits mail, magazines, and other reduced price mail than the revenue the post office receives from this mail. if this is true, then the post office should be subsidized by the government for these social policies. I have no problem with junk mail as long as it is at the first class mail rates or presorted rates. I just recycle it.
    worker
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  • But what if
    deployed decoy
    If the PO is gone. There wont be a need for welfare or social security payments to the nations most poor and oppressed. You know the ones, cashing those checks in the bar or casino after they won $1M Lotto. Think how much we will save since the PO wont be around to drop off a check, no check needs cut. Course the flip side is no one will send the IRS a check to pay taxes either. Or for that matter DOD will need launch a dozen new satellites so the military can use social media at 100Gbs instead of the APO.
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  • Nonsense
    Moderate
    Your comments make no sense.
    worker
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  • Postal reform legislation
    Jeremiah
    The pending legislation, as well as the Carper-Collins-Lieberman bill, together illustrate the true nature of the crisis facing the USPS. Politicians are concerned virtually entirely with keeping constituents happy, and such proposals as closing inefficient or unneeded post offices, cessation of Saturday delivery, and curtailing the volume of "junk" mail (thereby, according to Senator Reid, making seniors inconsolable over the loss of such "human contact") would cause angst to varying degrees among said constituents - regardless as to whether it makes good business sense for the USPS to do so. With ever-declining "snail mail" volumes, the USPS faces enormous challenges to its very existence, but political meddling (supposedly negated by the 1970 postal reform act) has remained alive and well, and stands in the way of any meaningful transformation of the USPS, which is essential if it is indeed to have future - not a sure bet in any circumstances. By the way, a first class stamp now costs 45 cents.
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  • Shrinking Post Office
    Leberk
    Shrinking of the Post Office is necessary because the current system is unsustainable. Even the increase in mail on Tax filing day will disappear as more people realize they can file electronically. We no longer have the Pony Express, for obvious reasons. So why are we so insistent on retaining an archaic system whose time has passed. It is obvious that the Telegram, home delivery of dairy products, and many other niceties that we had fifty years ago, would not be sustainable today. The Post Office needs to realize and accept the lack of need for their product. They may be able to survive a few more years If they cut out Saturday, or even every other day delivery to individual mail boxes, but sadly their demise is imminent and predictable.
    Leberk
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  • IRS still mandating certain filers use USPS
    RW
    Certain tax cases trigger a mandatory mail in; so while I did my taxes online (and have filed online previously), this year I couldn't because IRS said so.
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  • Poor Post Office
    Linda
    I actually feel sorry for the Post Office. Congress wants it to act like a private business, but Congress is the boss and oversees every thing it does! Most agencies don't have to make a profit. The only one that probably does is the IRS simply because it gets all the money. One way to cut costs in the post office is to trade the people operated post offices (many are manned by contract labor anyway) and make them self serve. Have a stamp machine, and a parcel machine and the PO Boxes. My Mom's post office (in a good size city has one)has a self serve machine for packages. You put the package on the scale, it is weighed and you push buttons, put in a debit or credit card and it spits out postage for the box. The box does have to fit in the shute. One person could drive to several of these self serve facilities to drop off the mail and pick up the mail once a day 5 days a week. I bet someone could do 10 of these in a day or better. Saves a lot of 1 person post offices where the person does next to nothing all day for 100 - 300 people. I saw a post office less than 5 miles from a larger town. I agree that is a waste of money when someone has to man it. The ranchers go into town on a regular basis anyway, so if they have a larger parcel to mail, they can take it to a larger town. And I use the post office, i don't pay any bills online. Don't go there much, but use the service. And I could care less if I get Saturday service as I have a remote box (2 miles from my house) and I don't always get there on Saturday to pick up the mail anyway.
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  • Which govt agencies generate revenue?
    contrarian
    I think the Nat Park Service collects entrance fees, but not enough to pay their labor costs. I have no problem for raising fees on Foreign tourists, I see no need for me to subsidize Japan or Germany. But I think you're wrong about IRS generating income as revenue, because you can't count the other people's taxes as the agency's revenue, they're more like a trustee. Some roads generate tolls, but I'm not sure the Dulles Toll road and extension met the projections. Govt isn't a business is the bottom line, which is why govt has necessary functions. Collecting the revenue is different from generating the revenue.
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  • IRS collects and generates revenue.
    Moderate
    However, if it wasn't for the IRS, tax collections would be difficult. Additionally, examination generates revenue through its audits.(Note that the job of an examiner is to make sure the taxpayer filed a correct return or make the necessary corrections. A return is generally examined because of potential for error with the higher probable errors getting examined. Collections generates revenue by collecting assessed taxes of those who do not pay. Without the IRS having the money to properly enforce the laws our country would be in shambles.
    worker
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