Let go, Congress

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  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    @ Ultra Bob

    Elimination of Christmas cards would be a benefit?

    Is your real first name Ebeneezer?

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Feb. 8, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    Fed-Ex and USPS don't even deliver all their own mail/packages. In some areas and circumstances they rely on the USPS to do it for them.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    This change is long past due. Another problem that @Pagan mentioned is not the "windfall" profits of its competitiors (UPS and FedEx), but the fact that they charge the actual cost to move a package. Congress has outlawed this option for the USPS and will not let them charge the full amount. The USPS is a political football for both parties. The USPS comes out with a plan to close underperforming post offices and politicians won't let them because of the "central role" they play in a community. Can anyone really explain to me the "central role" a post office plays in the community? Hogwash.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    As I understand it, the private business mail operations charge about 10 times as much for delivery of letters and packages as the USPS charges.

    If the competition of the USPS could be eliminated the windfall profits of the private services would skyrocket and the “earnings” of millionaires as well.

    Benefits to the public might be:

    Less junk mail, elimination of Christmas cards, good excuse for not writing to mom or aunt Dorothy, save many trees from paper makers, etc. etc. etc.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 7:30 a.m.

    Watch for the same gross inefficiencies to show up in health care, as they have in housing and every other private industry the government has tried to run.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 12:46 a.m.

    The Republican Senate has passed over 400 Filibusters.

    The Republican House gets paid $175,000 per person, per year, and has only passed...

    3% of any legislation.

    My confidence in Congress is about...10%.