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75% Favor Big Cuts in Mail Delivery Rather Than Give More Money to Postal Service
Rassmussen ^ | 8-19-11 | Rasmussen

Posted on 08/19/2011 8:07:06 AM PDT by Mikey_1962

Americans would rather see the U.S. Postal Service dramatically cut its workforce and reduce mail delivery to three or four days a week than have the government pour more money into the financially struggling agency.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 50% of American Adults believe the federal government should allow the Postal Service to lay off the estimated 120,000 workers it needs to reduce its current losses rather than provide the agency with additional subsidies to cover those losses. Thirty-three percent (33%) think the government should provide subsidies to cover the agency’s losses, estimated at $8 billion last year. Another 17% are undecided what's best. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Even more Americans (75%) would rather see the USPS cut back mail delivery in some parts of the country to three or four days a week rather than for the government to cover those losses. Only 17% would rather see the government provide more subsidies instead of cutting back delivery.

Support for reduced service is up from late July 2009, when 50% favored cutting back mail delivery over government subsidies for the agency. But at that time, the question did not specify how many days of service were to be cut.

(Excerpt) Read more at rasmussenreports.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: antipostalcrybabies; postal
Duh!
1 posted on 08/19/2011 8:07:11 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
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To: Mikey_1962

Like Kramer, I’m no longer accepting mail. ;-)


2 posted on 08/19/2011 8:09:43 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Mikey_1962

With the performance I’ve seen lately, I thought service had already been cut.


3 posted on 08/19/2011 8:09:43 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: Mikey_1962

Yep. I’d like to see Saturday delivery go bye-bye. I live in a very rural community of less than 500 people. Some how, we have a post office AND mail delivery. It makes no sense to have both in small communities like these.


4 posted on 08/19/2011 8:11:58 AM PDT by Grunthor (In order; Cain, Palin, Perry, None of the rest matter 'til the general)
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To: Mikey_1962

I read somewhere that the Postmaster General makes like a bazillion dollars a year.


5 posted on 08/19/2011 8:12:40 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Obama's Fault!!)
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To: Mikey_1962

The Post Office will never be efficient enough to turn a profit or even break even.


6 posted on 08/19/2011 8:12:43 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Mikey_1962

All I get are bills and junk mail anyway, so I wouldn’t miss it.


7 posted on 08/19/2011 8:12:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mikey_1962

IF AND ONLY IF it involves firing thousands of postal “workers” to cut costs as well.


8 posted on 08/19/2011 8:12:58 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Mikey_1962

You don’t have to cut “delivery” “services” or “programs” That’s a straw man. Just control headcount. Cut employees, salaries and benefits. Ever been behind the scenes at a major USPS? Lots of em just sittin around shootin the breeze.

Oh yeah, and outsource alot of USPS stuff.


9 posted on 08/19/2011 8:13:58 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Just when you think the left can't get any loonier . . .)
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To: Mikey_1962

the post office is uncompetitive.

the people that work in the post offices have the attitudes

of unions.


10 posted on 08/19/2011 8:14:18 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: ozark hilljilly

In 2010, the postmaster general’s salary authorized by Congress rose to $273,296. Potter stepped down as postmaster general in December 2010, at which time he was awarded $3.1 million in accumulated pension benefits, which he earned over a 32-year period in government service, as well as compensation for leave not taken, and outplacement assistance for a period of two years. In 2011, Potter was replaced by Deputy Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, whose salary in his first year stood at $267,840.

Read more: The Salary of the Postmaster General | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8075207_salary-postmaster-general.html#ixzz1VUKCT4lR


11 posted on 08/19/2011 8:15:16 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Mikey_1962

All I ever get is junk mail. They can cut Saturday delivery without a problem at my house. In fact, I wouldn’t have a problem voluntarily going to 3 day a week delivery at my house.

We went to Ohio last week. Stopped delivery for 6 days. When we got back, there was nothing but ads and catalogs.


12 posted on 08/19/2011 8:17:18 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: thackney

Thank you. I had heard as high as 300 million. Which seems insane, but perhaps “evolved” from the 3 mil. figure quoted.


13 posted on 08/19/2011 8:19:01 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Obama's Fault!!)
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To: Mikey_1962

In my area, there is no home delivery. I go to the post office to check my box 2-3 times per week. I have managed to survive this way for seven years.


14 posted on 08/19/2011 8:20:43 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Mikey_1962

Seriously up the junk mail cost! No more “or current resident” crap.


15 posted on 08/19/2011 8:21:56 AM PDT by sigzero
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To: Mikey_1962

My husband is the fire inspector for our city. When he has to do the yearly post office fire drills, he has to schedule them at certain times because of the workers’ union contract. The last twenty minutes of each shift they cannot do anything, nor can a supervisor order them to do anything. They just hang out and get paid for it.


16 posted on 08/19/2011 8:22:00 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: socal_parrot

People having their mail stolen from their mailboxes is a big problem.


17 posted on 08/19/2011 8:22:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mikey_1962

Saturday should definitely be scrubbed - you need something on Saturday - pay for it - FedEx

Maybe also set up post offices like public schools - set a radius, if your house is within the circle, you are classified as a walker, you can’t ride the bus (get delivery)—with ADA waivers-of course - because the ADA would have a hissy fit.

Once someone retires - don’t rehire - shift people around and no layoffs are needed. (private businesses have been doing this for years - cuts into union dues- but, oh well:)


18 posted on 08/19/2011 8:23:26 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Agenda21: Dept. of Life, Dept. of Liberty and the Dept. of Happiness)
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To: Mikey_1962

Treat Post Office just like any other spammer, the deliver more junk than I could possibly read.


19 posted on 08/19/2011 8:23:46 AM PDT by ully2
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To: Mikey_1962
How much does cutting Saturday (or other days') delivery really save? You still have the same volume of mail, the same number of trucks or planes, the same number of sorting machines, etc. All you save is one day's pay for a mailman. You might not even save that much if pushing that extra mail to Monday results in slower routes which need to be split up.

I'm not saying that it wouldn't be a good idea, but it certainly isn't a cure for the Post Office's long term problems. Those run much deeper than reducing a few mailmen to five days a week.

20 posted on 08/19/2011 8:25:53 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Repubs and Dems are arguing whether to pour 9 or 10 buckets of gasoline on a burning house.)
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To: Mikey_1962

I live in a rural area and within a couple mile radius, we have 3 post offices. There is plenty of meat on this bone to cut. The problem is some old timers scream bloody murder when they try to close one of these stupid little offices. “Loss our identity” they say. Absolute nonsense.


21 posted on 08/19/2011 8:26:18 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Mikey_1962

That “Newman” character clicked with the public for a reason


22 posted on 08/19/2011 8:28:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Mikey_1962

I don’t think we need to cut services. I think we need to cut pay, benefits, retirement funds, and the rest, down to levels similar to non-government enterprises. Technically, the USPO is no longer a government organization. But in reality, it continues to behave like one. And it knows where to go when it wants more money.

It’s not Saturday delivery that’s so terribly costly. It’s all those extra guys standing around in the back of the mail room, talking, while the line in front grows longer and longer. Cut down on the useless workers, or at least don’t replace them when they retire.


23 posted on 08/19/2011 8:34:21 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Mikey_1962

M-W-F mail delivery would work just fine and reduce not just labor costs, but vehicle expenses significantly. If mail carriers become part time, it might become impossible to fill the jobs. Maybe they could get three days regular pay(whatever that is) while they physically deliver mail and two days minimum wage to afford them the minimum benefits that working people should have.


24 posted on 08/19/2011 8:35:32 AM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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To: libertarian27

How about 3 day per week delivery. Split the adjacent zip codes into Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. Same staff can do both routes. Switch to 6 hour days.

Had a friend who worked as a letter carrier. He could do his route in less than 4 hours. Spent the rest of his shift at the bar!


25 posted on 08/19/2011 8:36:54 AM PDT by catman67
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To: catman67

Was your friend from Boston? Did he know a Sam, Diane, or Norm?


26 posted on 08/19/2011 8:45:15 AM PDT by Reagan79 (Today, I consider myself the wisest Latina Woman on the face of the earth.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I think Pennsylvania (and much of the northeast) is rather unique in this respect because of the concentration of tiny, tiny towns within a few miles of each other.

Some of the post offices are the newest buildings in town, built during the boom decades of about 1960-2000.

You wouldn't even have to close the offices. Turn them over to some responsible local to operate in exchange for "sweat equity" in the building. Allow them to sell their quilt blocks, antiques, establish a convenience store or whatever as long as they weighed packages, sold stamps and set out mail.

If the person does a decent job, the government eventually cedes ownership of the building. That way, you can avoid the screeching about whose post office gets closed and avoid paying for upkeep on a white elephant government building.

27 posted on 08/19/2011 8:46:08 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Mikey_1962

There are some postal workers who will vehemently disagree with anyone who disses the post office. To them, delivering junk mail is their right.


28 posted on 08/19/2011 8:47:33 AM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Vigilanteman

A brilliant idea!

And likely too good for government to adopt, sadly.


29 posted on 08/19/2011 8:48:09 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Lazlo in PA
“Loss our identity” they say. Absolute nonsense.

That's because, the United States government and the Postal Service people used to push HARD for every little town with 200+ people to have a Post Office - it's what made your town's identity!

And you are correct - "Absolute nonsense.
30 posted on 08/19/2011 9:00:32 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Every time I stop at our small town local post office it is closed, and this is during hours of operation. It really ticks me off.


31 posted on 08/19/2011 9:06:33 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: KarlInOhio

I’ve been suggesting that we treat mail delivery like trash pick up. Different areas of the city get service on different days of the week. You could eliminate 80% of the vehicles and the staff required and actually turn a profit at the post office.


32 posted on 08/19/2011 9:08:10 AM PDT by festusbanjo (Watch out for Brother Love's Traveling Excuse Making Show and the Short Bus of Hope!)
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To: Vigilanteman

You make a great point on stamp sales. There is no reason to have brick and mortar buildings anymore when a local businesses could do it. I could even see a CVS doing it.


33 posted on 08/19/2011 9:08:47 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Mikey_1962

The problem with the Post Office is that it is neither man nor beast. It’s not governmental, and yet it’s not quite a for profit private company either.

And so, we can’t get satisfaction through our representatives, and we can’t exercise the kind of market power true customers could, either.

Either way, if they wanted to operate in the black the way to do it is to cut the bureaucratic fat. They’re like an eight hundred pound man.


34 posted on 08/19/2011 9:18:42 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (In the long run spritzing perfume on the rotting elephant really won't make that much difference.)
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To: Mikey_1962

Cut till they bleed is my second choice...first choice: dump ‘em altogether!


35 posted on 08/19/2011 9:18:51 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Mikey_1962

I don’t care either way. The usps is basically operated on user fees like many things should be.


36 posted on 08/19/2011 9:27:39 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Mikey_1962

Privatize the Postal Service.. with NO UNION!...


37 posted on 08/19/2011 9:29:22 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Mikey_1962

Our post offices around here are open 9:00am-5:00pm, M-F, and 9:00am-1:00pm on Saturday. Since those of us with jobs can only get to the PO on Saturdays, they could close up M-F and we’d never miss it.


38 posted on 08/19/2011 9:30:27 AM PDT by kevao
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To: Mikey_1962

No more money for another union laundering scheme for Dems. Eliminate the USPS monopoly for standard letter delivery.


39 posted on 08/19/2011 9:52:44 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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