They deliver

Miriam is happy to defend the Postal Service — they come to her house, after all — and suggests other targets for your anti-government wrath:

If you want to get rid of a government agency, here are a few suggestions: the IRS, the Education Department, the State Department — I could think of more if I had the time. How far would you carry a letter for 50 cents? Or even a dollar? Not bloody far, I’ll bet.

Perhaps we should ask the Canadians. Says Wikipedia:

In terms of area serviced, Canada Post delivers to a larger area than the postal service of any other nation, including Russia (where service in Siberia is limited largely to communities along the railway).

But they charge, for the moment, 63 cents for a letter up to 30g. And God only knows how much of an “emergency” increase the USPS wants.

Personally, I’d be fine with a buck: not only would it not raise my expenses too awfully much, but it would absolutely ruin AARP, which sends me crap just about every other week now. (Yes, I am that spiteful.)


  1. Jeffro »

    6 September 2013 · 8:02 pm

    If the USPS actually charged for “third class mail” what they really needed to carry it, our first class mail would be cheaper. However, the large mailer coalition seems to have more clout in Congress, for some reason.

  2. jsallison »

    6 September 2013 · 9:21 pm

    Please, please, for the love of all that’s holy, charge the bulk-rate bastardi what it actually costs to bring their spewage to my door. I might even actually open the crappage at that point.

  3. McGehee »

    7 September 2013 · 6:55 am

    I really don’t think first-class senders are subsidizing bulk-mailers — rather the opposite. Economies of scale mean that the bulk material costs a lot less per piece than first-class mail of the same weight anyway, and since so much more of the weight USPS moves is bulk, that is already the majority of its revenue stream. More so as first-class mail continues to dry up thanks to electronic alternatives.

    If bulk mailers were charged only what it cost to move their stuff, I suspect first-class mail would already be over a dollar. And we’d be getting a lot more junk mail.

  4. fillyjonk »

    7 September 2013 · 9:59 am

    You know, I agree with her. I LIKE the mail. The post office most often does a good job. And I’m afraid that if we privatized it, rural areas might not have service, or they might have extremely expensive service. (Even where I live is considered “rural,” or at least it is by FedEx, and therefore they feel entitled to add a $5 surcharge to everything I order that is delivered by them. Even though I live just a mile or two off the big highway that stretches between Dallas and Tulsa…)

    Also, IIRC, the post office was actually something the Founding Fathers considered to be a valid function of government. Unlike some of the other things we have in place now. (Like the “nudge squads” that are allegedly coming to “encourage” consumers to buy more healthful food)

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