Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:42 PM
egbertowillies (736 posts)
Post Office Ending Saturday Delivery & Next Day First Class Service A New Tax
It is all over the headlines. The United States Post Office will stop Saturday delivery in August. Back in 2011, the Post Office ended what many Americans depended on, the end of first class mail that was delivered in one day.
It is true that with the advent of email and electronic communication, that much less people to people letters, bills, etc. and other first class mail is being processed by the postal service. The US Post Office like any private company has the ability to downsize the portion of its business where volume has declined even as it increases the portion that is increasing, package delivery, as e-commerce continues to expand.
What the US Post Office cannot handle is politically contrived inflicted wounds as stated by Al Griffin, the president of Letter Carriers Branch 377.
Griffin to Evansville Courier & Press in 2011
Griffin said despite popular belief, the post office is not broke because of mail delivery, but it is struggling because of the huge fees it faces every fall. These fees pay for retirement funds of some people that are not born yet and do not work at the post office yet, he said.
Griffin warned that unless changes are made thousands of post offices could close, Saturday delivery could be eliminated, and 120,000 employees could be laid off.
His statements were prescient. In 2006 Congress passed a bill that requires the postal service to pay a 75 year pension liability in 10 years, a feat not required not even by private companies who can ultimately be bailed out by the government. This bill, H.R. 6407: Postal Accountability Act is nothing more than a bill designed to kill most of the postal service. Congress cannot just kill it all because the postal clause in the constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 9) demands its existence.
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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:28 PM
matt819 (4,397 posts)
I didn't read the link, but from this snip there's no reference to "next day first class service a new tax."
Unless there's more, this subject line is misleading.
First class is first class. The mail gets there when it gets there. It has always been thus, and, for 45 cents or so no one seems to mind.
Next day service, whether it's a letter or a package, has been available for years and years. To take advantage of this service, you don't pay a tax, you pay more money. This is as it should be. If I'm in NY and I need something to be delivered overnight to Anchorage, I realize I'm going to have to pay for that. It's not a tax. It's a legitimate cost for the service. And it's a cost applied by any of the courier services. Sure, I might expect overnight delivery from UPS, let's say, for a package shipped within my shipping zone, but if I send it Ground there's no guarantee. If it absolutely has to be there the next day, even by a specific time, I pay for that service. Again, nothing wrong with that.
There's lots to argue about over the changes the post office is proposing, but accusing them of an overnight "tax" is wrong and silly.