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Wow, someone beat Mr Cheap to this!

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is your business losing money because of Inefficiency? no problem just raise your prices on your services..walla,,problem fixed..

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trumpotron said:   is your business losing money because of Inefficiency? no problem just raise your prices on your services..walla,,problem fixed..
  well, it's not easy to be efficient/profitable when they must deliver mail to all those routes that are not profitable.

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Lets not have that battle here.

But I think Trump will fix it

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trumpotron said:   is your business losing money because of Inefficiency? no problem just raise your prices on your services..walla,,problem fixed..
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yesidonoitall said:   
trumpotron said:   is your business losing money because of Inefficiency? no problem just raise your prices on your services..walla,,problem fixed..
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  This is facebook right?

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forbin4040 said:   Lets not have that battle here.

But I think Trump will fix it

  This is very probable. I suspect it will have something to do with building a wall in a swamp. Just saying.

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forbin4040 said:   Lets not have that battle here.

But I think Trump will fix it

  This is probably true. He'll get rid of all the postal regulations, like those pesky rules that says that the postal service has to deliver to nonprofitable areas.
Postal service collapses in rural areas as USPS gets far more 'efficient', and the price of stamps drops. Problem solved.

When you think about it, the USPS is the ultimate 'socialist' service. Providing service to everyone at the same price, even when its not profitable. High time we got rid of it.
The rural electrical grid should go next. Another socialist anachronism where everyone pays the same. 
All these rules are from that long-gone dark time when Americans cared about their neighbors. It's a bright new era now, where the law of the jungle rules.
 

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If you purchased Forever stamps before 4/7/2016 @ $.49 it will be like the rate reduction on 4/7/16 never happened. http://fortune.com/2016/04/07/usps-post-office-stamps/

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whew,,a bitter clinger...

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canoeguy1 said:   
forbin4040 said:   Lets not have that battle here.

But I think Trump will fix it

  This is probably true. He'll get rid of all the postal regulations, like those pesky rules that says that the postal service has to deliver to nonprofitable areas.
Postal service collapses in rural areas as USPS gets far more 'efficient', and the price of stamps drops. Problem solved.

When you think about it, the USPS is the ultimate 'socialist' service. Providing service to everyone at the same price, even when its not profitable. High time we got rid of it.
The rural electrical grid should go next. Another socialist anachronism where everyone pays the same. 
All these rules are from that long-gone dark time when Americans cared about their neighbors. It's a bright new era now, where the law of the jungle rules.

  Yep. Along with socialist bastions like police, libraries, firefighters, interstate highways, airports and all those other things we as a society decided we would benefit by collectively owning them rather than letting a company set the "market" rate (which includes a big fat profit, cocaine and hooker costs for mahogany row, and bears no relation to actual service delivered). I'd rather pay a flat half a buck to get a letter to anywhere in the United States within a couple-few days rather than let UPS and FedEX be the ones to pick and choose where and when my letter can be delivered - at their "market" rate of probably 5x-10x that rate. And frankly, if a few of them slack off and/or have a bad day occasionally it's no different from any other soul-crushing job we are all coerced into working. So much essential seems to cost a hell of a lot of money out of scale to available income.

Look at healthcare and internet service - both have become essential to living in our society and yet we allow private companies to walk all over us. Healthcare - they cherry pick the young and healthy (leaving the elderly to be handled by "Big Government") , jack rates through the roof as "Pharma Bros" stick it to vulnerable people because they can. I'm waiting for whatever godawful coverage my employer will give me after a quarter year of waiting, meanwhile I pay literally 25% of my takehome pay for health "insurance" that doesn't cover the one medicine I need so that's another $200 out of pocket each month. Internet? All government services around me seem to want to communicate over it but I gotta pay private monopolistic companies to access it. Comcrap and ATT conspire to deliver garbage service for obscene rates, while South Koreans get fiber for $35/month and somehow they both radically improve service speeds and lower rates if Google Fiber comes sniffing around.

Postal service still offers respectable union jobs with pensions, and Repuglican congress forced them to prefund 75 years of pension obligations, but still it's half a buck to quickly send a letter to Alaska from Florida. Tell me again how terrible this investment is that we all own?  

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The USPS could require everyone to have a post office box and charge extra for home delivery based on how rural, etc a location was. This would help address some profitability issues.

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BigDave123 said:   The USPS could require everyone to have a post office box and charge extra for home delivery based on how rural, etc a location was. This would help address some profitability issues.
  It certainly would.
In places like North Dakota, it would mean a 20 mile drive to pick up the mail, or pay $10 or so to have your letter delivered. 
As I said, rural postal services would basically disappear since the rates & distances would make it impossible for low-income people to afford mail service. 
Just like asking low-income people to buy health insurance without subsidies. Just aint gonna happen. The individual health insurance market will simply collapse, and it's back to the good ol' days of people going to the ER when they get a cold (where the hospital is forced, by law, to pick up the tab)

You could make the same case for rural electric service, or roads in rural areas. None of this is 'efficient'. However, if it's not subsidized, you don't have much of a country anymore since the population would be forced into the cities. Agenda 21, anyone?
The ironic thing is that the people who yell about the imagined dangers of Agenda 21 are proposing exactly these sorts of things.

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canoeguy1 said:   
BigDave123 said:   The USPS could require everyone to have a post office box and charge extra for home delivery based on how rural, etc a location was. This would help address some profitability issues.
  It certainly would.
In places like North Dakota, it would mean a 20 mile drive to pick up the mail, or pay $10 or so to have your letter delivered. 
As I said, rural postal services would basically disappear since the rates & distances would make it impossible for low-income people to afford mail service. 
Just like asking low-income people to buy health insurance without subsidies. Just aint gonna happen. The individual health insurance market will simply collapse, and it's back to the good ol' days of people going to the ER when they get a cold (where the hospital is forced, by law, to pick up the tab)

You could make the same case for rural electric service, or roads in rural areas. None of this is 'efficient'. However, if it's not subsidized, you don't have much of a country anymore since the population would be forced into the cities. Agenda 21, anyone?
The ironic thing is that the people who yell about the imagined dangers of Agenda 21 are proposing exactly these sorts of things.

  You mean like the Pony Express ?
98% of what the mail carrier delivers, doesn't need to be mailed,
No one needs 6 or even 7 day a week mail delivery, The postal delivers to my house at least once a month on Sunday, mostly Amazon stuff
​We could trim a lot of fat from the USPS budget

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trumpotron said:   walla,,problem fixed..
 

"Vwa-lah, Wa-lah, Wa-la: the Many Misspellings of voilà
Voilà is a French borrowing into English that has mostly retained is Francophonic pronunciation: \vwä-ˈlä\, or \vwah-LAH\.
It is clear that the \v\ in the pronunciation of voilà is sometimes not heard, and this, combined with the mismatch between voilà’s spelling and pronunciation, has led to a number of misspellings of the word based on its pronunciation.
We have seen evidence for vwa-lah, vwah-la, wa-lah, wa-la, wah-lah, wallah, and even viola (for those who remember the letters in the word, if not the particular order of them).
While these misspellings are more common in informal writing, we have started seeing them in newspapers and other edited sources as well.
The correct spelling is voilà...."
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voil%C3%A0

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Or maybe "walla" is a general rallying cry of trumptrons -- wall on this, wallop them, walla all that. 

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