No the biggest problem with the post office is that the older workers all OWN jobs and negotiate their work. Make everyone a regular employee, get rid of the union, and treat the temps right and there would be a big profit.
“The trouble is called JUNK MAIL , raise it to first class postage and watch the profits go up. How many pounds of paper thrown away each year ,that is never read ?”
Profits go up? More likely the post office loses what little it currently makes from junk mail. Does anyone actually think that the junk mailers will pay first class postage rates? Most of these advertisers are probably already wondering if their current junk mail advertising campaign is actually generating enough business to justify the cost. Why would anyone think that the junk mail business is not sensitive to the cost of postage?
From my point of view, the post office should charge $10 postage for every advertising piece - especially the credit card applications! I’m opposed to chopping down trees to make paper to make junk mail to fill landfills. And I’m a conservative! We are currently using tax money to subsidize the junk mail industry.
So-called “junk mail” actually subsidizes the rest of it. It’s cheaper to mail but more profitable to the postal servicd because the mailers get discounts to presort the mail, sometimes down to delivery sequence, tray it, even truck it to bulk mail centers or even sectional center facilities.
Raise “junk mail” to first class rates, watch all “junk mail” totally disappear and watch first class quadruple if the USPS even survives it.
Your sentiment is a widespread one, but it’s a complete misperception, usually perpetuated by newspapers who see direct mail as competition. How about going after them for the several pounds of mostly unwanted junk in their Sunday edition? Why is that less obnoxious?
Raise it to first class postage and a lot of junk mail will cease to exist—not a bad thing.
Then subcontract out the delivery of the actual, worthwhile mail that is left to UPS, Fedex, etc.
It wouldn’t be too difficult to get them to provide the added services needed in order to get the contracts, and the mail could still have a USPS imprint of some kind, if that mattered.
The trouble is called JUNK MAIL , raise it to first class postage and watch the profits go up. How many pounds of paper thrown away each year ,that is never read ?
Yes, that would work
But the Business Socialists would squeal like frightened schoolgirls if you made them pay the same rate for junk mail as the regular folks pay for 1st class.
Business Socialists get all LiberalTarian when it is less government for thee....but get all statist when it means less government for me. Guarantee that is what will happen if junk mail was raised