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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:14 AM

raise the price of 1st class stamp to fifty cents

Consider this graph, which includes inflation-adjusted prices for postage (light blue). Notice that in adjusted terms, the price has been higher, and specifically topped out at around fifty cents more than once.

(and yes, let's also increase the rates for bulk mailings)

As usual, our modern govt can't seem to think in any terms except dismantling our public services, instead of (gasp) increasing revenues.


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Reply raise the price of 1st class stamp to fifty cents (Original post)
phantom power Feb 2013 OP
flamingdem Feb 2013 #1
phantom power Feb 2013 #2
hack89 Feb 2013 #4
flamingdem Feb 2013 #9
Freddie Stubbs Feb 2013 #7
liberal_at_heart Feb 2013 #3
exboyfil Feb 2013 #5
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #6
Freddie Stubbs Feb 2013 #8

Response to phantom power (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:16 AM

1. That's not the point, the problem is the Republicans forced 75 year pre-retirement funding

that has cost the Post Office billions. They are profitable otherwise.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:18 AM

2. also true

wonder how many of our Galtian Overlords could run a company under that kind of constraint.

Either way, the whole thing is a manufactured crisis. More disaster capitalism.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:21 AM

4. While it was a horrible measure

it was not the Republicans that forced pre-retirement funding.

It is harder to find a more bi-partisan law - it had a Democratic co-sponsor in the House (Henry Waxman) and passed unanimously in the Senate.

There are many Dems that thought this was (and still is) a good idea. That is why changing it is so hard.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:31 PM

9. Good grief Henry Waxman?

And he stepped forward with some weak attempt to save historic Post Offices in Los Angeles. Way to go Henry, after the fact.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:41 AM

7. Actually, more Democratic supported that bill that Democrats did

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:19 AM

3. yes, I'm sure the poor will appreciate that.

The problem is the prepayments they are making the post office make. They need to be done away with.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:29 AM

5. You do realize that in 1900 you had few options

when it came to communicating with another individual. It is a wonder that the postal service can hold the line at 40 cents without killing its volume. I don't know what the supply/demand curve looks like, but I wonder how much additional dollars will be generated by increasing postage 20%.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:39 AM

6. I strongly suspect the repukes have installed their operatives within USPS to

monkeywrench from inside as much as possible - setting bad policies, providing inadequate service, abusing employees.

It all smacks of internal sabotage of an institution that did just fine until St Ronnie effed it up.

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Response to phantom power (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:45 AM

8. The Postal Service is free to raise rates without congressional approval

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