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    Can anyone think of any reason to keep USPS in existence? It might have served a function at its inception, but I can't see any reason to keep it around in the modern age, with multiple private companies providing the same services.


    'Postmaster General John Potter announced that the U.S. Postal Service is facing $238 billion in losses over the next 10 years' (source). Why are we continuing to subsidize this system? If it can't break even and the private sector provides plenty of alternatives, why should we continue to throw billions into it?
     
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    If the mailman doesn't come, whose leg will my dog bite?
     
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    Not everybody has a computer so it isn't possible for some people to pay their bills on-line. How are these people going to pay their bills if there is no postal system for them to mail in their payments?
     
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    Stop at the Fedex, DHL, or UPS store instead of the USPS store.
     
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    Do they deliver MAIL daily? I realize the private sector has delivering packages down to a T...but just regular mail? Can they be profitable delivering letters to the rural residences in America with transportation/oil costs being so volatile? They could perhaps try to increase their profits on packages, to compensate for the loss they would take on daily mail delivery?

    What would a letter cost to mail? $2.00 each? $3.00 each?
     
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    Does USPS? No, only 6 days a week.

    Do we need daily delivery? Is it worth hundreds of billions of taxdollars so you get your birthday cards delivered each day instead of every few days, should the private sector not find daily delivery feasible?
    If something's worth paying to ship, sure. Again, Is it worth 200B+ in tax dollars to send some hillbilly a birthday card?
     
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    It is pretty absurd when you think about it. An army of men and women in woolen pants delivering catalogs door-to-door.
     
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    Article I, Section 8, Clause 7... " to establish post offices and post roads". The Constitution doesn't specify how big the Postal Service should be or how good it's benefit packages to employees should be. So, there's quite a bit of latitude for cutting the budget.

    Still, I think you'd probably need a constitutional amendment to do away with it altogether. If memory serves, the "postal roads" portion is what Congress used to authorize and fund the Interstate Highway system. So, then you'd have to do something about that.
     
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    you have a right to your opinion, but others have the same right. But, a lot of people aren't ready for that 2.00 letter.
     
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    Wow, woolen pants? Yeah, that would be absurd, how many of those have you seen?
     
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