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Pathetic Post Office Commercial Urges Americans To Go Low-Tech
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 10/02/2011 8:04:14 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

"A refrigerator has never been hacked. An on-line virus has never attacked a cork board." -- from United States Postal Service TV commercial urging people to use mail.

Right. And a buggy whip has never had a broken transmission--so why don't we junk our cars? Really, that was the kind of pathetic logic on display in the USPS TV commercial that aired during today's Fox News Sunday.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloggersandpersonal; buggywhips; email; postoffice; tvcommercial

1 posted on 10/02/2011 8:04:18 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

the labor unions and technology have destroyed the post office.

it should be privatized and de-unionized.


2 posted on 10/02/2011 8:06:10 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Horse ‘n buggy logic from the Post Office. Ping to Today show list.


3 posted on 10/02/2011 8:06:15 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And a horse and buggy never caused as many traffic fatalities as the automobile.


4 posted on 10/02/2011 8:08:44 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

...dump ‘em!!!!!...


5 posted on 10/02/2011 8:08:54 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
We're all Luddites now...:{)

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

6 posted on 10/02/2011 8:09:27 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

OMG - back to the stone age, maybe they should get paid in cowrie shells.


7 posted on 10/02/2011 8:10:22 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: ken21

I would suggest three simple tactics for the post office. First, deliver the mail two days a week...rotate it for different neighborhoods. We don’t need daily mail delivery anymore. Second, at best we need about half the number of post offices that exist today. So start closing them left and right. Third and final...for the month of December, I’d enact a 20-cent additional fee on every package mailed because of the Christmas traffic. It starts on 1 December and ends the day after Christmas.


8 posted on 10/02/2011 8:11:50 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Get rid of the post office. And the U.S. mint. Financial institutions. Your paychecks are sent auto-e-matically to a redistribution center for bill payment and just scan the barcode microchip embedded in your hand to make purchases. You have more important things to do.


9 posted on 10/02/2011 8:14:36 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred

I was going to post that the constitution requires the federal government to provide postal services. Actually, it does not. Close it. Or at the very least zero out its advertizing budget.


10 posted on 10/02/2011 8:21:41 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wow. That is absolutely dismaying.

Be a Luddite! Buy a stamp.

As a matter of fact, I guess we should all buy a stamp and send our next handwritten posts to Jim Robinson.


11 posted on 10/02/2011 8:23:08 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: pepsionice
Step 4, eliminate all junk mail. No one reads it and think of all the trees we would be saving. With the advent of on-line bill paying and e-mail, the Post Office as it was envisioned by the founding fathers is an anachronism. And expensive anachronism.
12 posted on 10/02/2011 8:24:21 AM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: gorush

that is an awesome photo!

i borrowed it to print out and place with our obama photos.


13 posted on 10/02/2011 8:25:53 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wow. That is absolutely dismaying.

Be a Luddite! Buy a stamp.

As a matter of fact, I guess we should all buy a stamp and send our next handwritten posts to Jim Robinson.


14 posted on 10/02/2011 8:28:37 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: vette6387
Step 4, eliminate all junk mail.

There's are reason I walk past the trash can on the way back into the house...after getting the mail from the mailbox.

15 posted on 10/02/2011 8:29:11 AM PDT by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

The post office is self-sustaining. They have to advertise. Otherwise the millions of non-english speaking people in this country would never know of it’s existence. At least, that they could use it to send stuff and not just receive.


16 posted on 10/02/2011 8:30:36 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I was going to post that the constitution requires the federal government to provide postal services. Actually, it does not.


Bingo! It authorizes Congress to create a Post Office, but does not require it.


17 posted on 10/02/2011 8:34:16 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; All
I personally haven't seen the new post office ad yet, but I did find a picture of it on the web, and I thought the throw-back colors were a nice touch:


18 posted on 10/02/2011 8:37:31 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Whoa....not so fast... I get checks (income) from my business mail! I suppose people punchin the time clock DONT need the mail.


19 posted on 10/02/2011 8:38:57 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: bigheadfred

“The post office is self-sustaining.”

Self-sustaining what? Perpetual money losing machine?
How do you think the USPS funds its deficits every year?


20 posted on 10/02/2011 8:43:24 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sorry I’m late. I was in the 16th Century looking for the Post Offices pen.


21 posted on 10/02/2011 8:43:48 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Even my sister, who is non-political and doesn’t follow this stuff like I do, just about puked when this came up during a football game yesterday. Pathetic.


22 posted on 10/02/2011 8:50:54 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: cowtowney
How do you think the USPS funds its deficits every year?

By begging more Luddites to eat more chicken.

Selling Girl Scout cookies.

Pimping.

Maybe they should pimp out Girl Scouts and throw in a free box of cookies. Problemo solved.

23 posted on 10/02/2011 8:51:09 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
An on-line virus has never attacked a cork board.

No one has gotten anthrax through e-mail.

24 posted on 10/02/2011 8:52:54 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Compare "Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson // "Pass this bill now!" - Barack Obama)
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To: ken21
The economic range of the post office also needs to be reduced.

Why sell commemorative stamps? Yes, they did it in the 1940’s and 1950’s but they were limited editions. One of my uncles went to college when his mother sold her commemorative stamps. They were worth something because they were very limited editions not massed printings like today's commenoratives.

Why sell packing supplies? They do so because their INTERNAL regulations make most packing supplies unacceptable. Visit the local post office and see what happens. Yesterday a legal size envelope fell into two different pricing scales depending on how it was labeled - regular it was a letter; landscape it was a more expensive package.

The post office should concentrate only on mail operations and exit the retail market. playing in the retail market opened them to financial losses when they made poor/unrealistic decisions.

25 posted on 10/02/2011 8:54:52 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
On a more basic level though we have at least one maybe two generations that only know e-mail and text messaging.
Our school systems now don't and won't even teach the basics of letter writing. The Indiana school system will no longer teach cursive writing.
What will be lost is the ability to communicate in a creative and individual manner.
Yesterday for instance I hand wrote, in cursive I might add, a three page condolence letter to the wife of a close friend that passed away. You can't tell me that sending an e-mail would convey the same sentiment.
Technology for all it's vaunted praise still doesn't always mean progress.
26 posted on 10/02/2011 9:06:24 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Beau and I saw this ad during the Badger game yesterday. Both of us threw stuff at the TV screaming, “OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR THIS?!?”

It lead to a great discussion about where we want our tax dollars spent - and this isn’t one of them! Advertising for a hopelessly indebted Government agency?

Nope. Commercials advertising for the Military? Fine with us! :)


27 posted on 10/02/2011 9:14:52 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I can hack a cork port in 10 seconds by posting "spam" on it.

If the Post Office had any brains at all they would move *to* the Internet and offer a global PKI service. They could justify the cost of selling digital certs by the fact that it would virtually put an end to SPAM.

Then, we'd all be happy.

28 posted on 10/02/2011 9:28:14 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Why I don't use the United States Post Office when possible:

That doesn't mean I have completely stopped using postal mail. My mother really, really likes getting handwritten letters, and I don't mind showing off my penmanship. I do ship small parcels from time to time using Priority Mail, especially when completing an eBay transaction on something smaller than a breadbox.

Bills? All the utility companies have discovered on-line payments using electronic check, so paper checks don't have to physically move. It costs them less. Besides, when I was paying by paper check, I prefer to go to the utility's office and present in person...until all the utilities here closed their counters to the public.

Now, one person commented on this thread that he gets checks in the mail to him for his business. That's fine, and there is a way to fix the problem and still let the Post Office slash costs: use the lockbox service at your bank. Many large banks have their own ZIP code, and receive tons of mail. Using automated equipment and turnaround documents, the banks can accept the checks directly, and get them started in the mill, and credit the correct bank account. Moreover, the lockbox operations get bags of mail every single weekday and Saturday, and I don't see that stopping when they reduce retail delivery to four or five days a week. Mr. Business man, wouldn't you like to avoid having to deposit paper checks personally, and have then clear much fast to boot?

Don't like dealing with big banks? Little banks contract lockbox server from the big guys -- talk to your banker about it.

Yesterday, I picked up my mail from the large bank of mailboxes on my street. (I haven't had door delivery of mail for years; it's always been Post Office boxes or "cluster boxes" for more than a decade.) It's been a week since I checked it last. There were six letters that needed my attention. The 30 or so other envelopes, as well as the rest of the paper that stuffed my box tightly, ended up in the paper recycling.

29 posted on 10/02/2011 9:28:45 AM PDT by asinclair (Talk is cheap, actions are priceless)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
A refrigerator has never been hacked.

The Post Office forgot about that refrigerator in Ghostbusters.

30 posted on 10/02/2011 9:38:51 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (If found, please turn me in to AttackWatch)
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To: ken21

The post office is a costly anachronism that is less useful every day. Let it die. Everything the post office does can be replaced by email and Fedex.

However, before I’d eliminate the post office, I’d get rid of the Departments of Education, Energy, HHS, Agriculture, HUD, Labor and yes, the liberty destroying behemoth known as “Homeland Security.” Each of these federal monstrosities should be more of a priority for the next Republican president than the pathetic post office.


31 posted on 10/02/2011 9:50:03 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I tried switching to smoke-signal communications, but the EPA sued me....


32 posted on 10/02/2011 10:41:33 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It’s a shame one of the few things the federal govt. was charged with was building post roads and offices [art.1 sec.8]and they’ve loused that up. If we lived by the Constitution instead of feel good liberalism, the monies spent on social programs would actually have to take a backseat in regards to the USPS.

Of course I’m sure one of our benevolent uberdorks has probably seen this and has dutifully written that responsibility out of existence.


33 posted on 10/02/2011 10:49:03 AM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: bigheadfred

yes. they get money from the taxpayers


34 posted on 10/02/2011 10:57:20 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: cowtowney

But they aren’t directly funded by the gubmint with tax dollars.


35 posted on 10/02/2011 10:59:25 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred

They get Free “loans” from the government that they don’t pay back. The “loans” are funded by the us taxpayers. It’s a subsidy.


36 posted on 10/02/2011 11:37:52 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: cowtowney

Same as SO many others. Disability, foodstamps, govt. contracts, on and on. AND ON.

How many people do you know who are “subsidized” by the Feds?


37 posted on 10/02/2011 11:42:33 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Actually, although I use the internet for many things, I do NOT pay my bills online. I have very few, but still prefer to write a check and mail them.


38 posted on 10/02/2011 11:47:54 AM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: bigheadfred

My point is that the USPS is subsidized by the US taxpayer. The USPS is NOT self funded. You can list a whole bunch of government programs that should not be funded but that does not mean that the USPS is self sustaining.


39 posted on 10/02/2011 11:54:54 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: cowtowney

That’s all well and good. But the USPS is not part of the federal government. Even though it is a federal agency. My main objection is slowly being forced into what has been termed the culture of “the mark of the beast”. That is all.


40 posted on 10/02/2011 12:02:56 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

No, your tax dollars don’t pay for it. But nobody really cares to understand how the PO normally funds itself. In the surplus years, where does the postal money go? Ask congress. They’re the ones who spent it all.


41 posted on 10/02/2011 12:04:11 PM PDT by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Cork boards and refrigerators??? PA..lease!

Mail has never been stolen, lost, or mis-delivered?

It’s never fallen on the floor, been stomped on and torn up, then repackaged and delivered months later?

Employees have never been nabbed for stealing foodstamps when they used to be sent in the mail? How about cash monies or social security checks? They’ve never been stolen?

They’ve never tossed packages around like basketballs, or bounced on the floor to see if they’d break?

Employees have never been accused of theft, then fired found innocent and not compensated?

People have never pulled old msgs off the corkboard thinking it was ok to throw it away, and it wasn’t?

People with similar names in same towns have never suffered mail mix ups with the recipients of the wrong mail not returning the wrong mail while the other individuals suffered loss as a result of the mix ups?

Parcel Post and Fedex type companies were developed for a reason, and it wasn’t because the PO was doing a wonderful job.

First, they begged for money because mail was increasing, now they beg for money because mail is decreasing! Can they not make up their minds?

We need post offices, no doubt. But they really need to pull their inefficiencies out from under where the sun doesn’t shine.


42 posted on 10/02/2011 12:05:42 PM PDT by PrairieLady2
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To: Marie Antoinette

You’re right that it hasn’t been funded by tax dollars since the 1980’s.

But how DOES the PO ‘fund’ itself when it’s $50+ billion in the red due to the unions and their pre-paid healthcare (slush) fund? How can a business have been running in the red for 25+ years?


43 posted on 10/02/2011 12:27:25 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Some refrigerators can be hacked. Some now come equipped with built-in internet access and screens. I guess I can’t expect people working in an outdated industry to know that fact, though.


44 posted on 10/02/2011 12:41:58 PM PDT by Brent Calvert 03969-030 (I stand with Sarah)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Agreed.

And I have been an avid computer user since 1982.

I use mail everyday.

I pay bills, write letters, send condolence cards. get catalogs and a number of perodicals.

the computer, it is alright in its place, but it is a boring one diminsional way to communicate. I like lots of different ways to communicate.


45 posted on 10/02/2011 2:26:28 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: gorush

Bump to steal when I get home from work.


46 posted on 10/02/2011 3:43:21 PM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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