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  1. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    Thank you. I am usually the one who points out it is CONgress’ fault for most of the USPS problems.

  2. retpost

    retpost said, almost 4 years ago

    Reveron is correct: the problem started years ago when our great congress charged the postal service for the cost of living raises for their retirees, witch is now part of the cost you pay for a letter.

  3. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago

    The USPS is wholly self-sufficient, and have no effect on the budget. The problem a. the Republicans made them fund 75 years worth of pensions over the next 10 years (which is making them seriously in the red) and b. the USPS cannot (because of federal regulations) have competitive postage rates. Look at what it costs to use UPS or FedEx to mail a simple document…it’s a hell of a lot more than 45 cents.
    The USPS was running well-within budget until they had to salt away a crapload of pension fund money.

  4. josefw

    josefw said, almost 4 years ago

    I heard this on the radio last week so the numbers are not to the penny. Employee cost per hour.

    $32.?? USPS
    $28.?? UPS
    $17.?? FedEx

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    ^Salaries plus benefits: FedEx doesn’t provide benefits, except to the CEO.

    <br.BTW, letter to New Zealand USPS $0.78. It IS indeed Congress restricting USPS fees then demanding paying 70 years of “benefits” in advance. They should do this to FedEx.

  6. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    I looked up some facts and then did a little calculating; It turns out that “on paper”, the USPS lost $15.9 billion last year, but $11 billion of it was not actually “lost”. It was the 75-year forward retirement financing that Congress forced upon them. Of course, that still is a loss of $4.9 billion in 2012.
    That comes out to about $15 per US resident per year.
    At $2.50 per letter or small package, FedEx and UPS would cost the typical US resident far more than $15 per year. Any company, utility or gov’t entity that mails bills would have to add a 6-times increase in postage to their overhead, so prices and taxes would go up. Any medical insurance company or HMO that send prescriptions by mail (as mine does) would have to add $2 or so to each shipment, which would cost me $24 per year.
    It is fair to say that at some time in the future, there should be no more hard-copy communications from businesses, utilities and the gov’t. But that’s not where we are today. When that time comes, I’ll support a roll-back of USPS. But in the meantime, they save us more money than they cost us. And if adding another nickel to the cost of postage wipes out the $4.9 billion loss, so be it.

  7. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Let’s see how fast FedEx & UPS go out of business if we require them to delivery daily mail to every rural address in the U.S.

  8. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 4 years ago

    The problem is CONgressional interference.

  9. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, almost 4 years ago

    the set-aside for pensions was $5 Billion each year for 10 years. the “deficit” for 2012 was $16 Billion.
    with standard math, the pension cost is not what you should blame, IMO.
    Competition in the private sector would create better service without deficits….and it wasn’t the GOP that gave USPS its monopoly!

  10. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, almost 4 years ago

    No one I heard ever claimed the problem was delivering mail on Saturdays. That is just a cost cutting step since they will not be allowed to touch the union protected overhiring, pensions, benefits, and other issues. Neither will they be allowed to truly run it as a business, updating it and being competitive. Probably is time it died and the whole thing was privatized.

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    More of “The Greatest Hits of Stupid”, brought to you by Michael Ramirez:

  12. USN1977

    USN1977 said, almost 4 years ago

    How come the USPS is a government-protected monopoly? Any private company who attempts to deliver letters will receive an injunction, or possibly be penalized for violating the postal monopoly. From what is understood, people dislike monopolies on account of being able to stay in business even if they do badly because there is no competition.

  13. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago


    I couldn’t confirm your $5 billion per year statement. Here is what the Washington Post said (with respect to the 2012 budget year):
    “More than $11 billion of the $15.9 billion loss, by far the biggest chunk, comes from required payments to pre-fund retiree health benefits. These payments are unique to the Postal Service, and they have nothing to do with mail delivery.”

  14. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, almost 4 years ago

    “No other entity in America could survive if forced to do that.”

    You are correct, no other GOVERNMENT agency even bothers to pretend to fund future retirement benefits. That is why we in the US have $75Trillion of unfunded liabilities.

    On the other hand every private company by law must fund on an annual basis pensions and retirement benefits for its employees. You must be shocked that any private company can survive obeying the law.

    All that was asked of the post office, a semi-private entity, was that it too do what every other company must do.

  15. josefw

    josefw said, almost 4 years ago

    Fine, give me your numbers then.

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