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  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    On CNN tonight it was discussed that the govt. might attempt to tax e mails with the funds going to support the Post Office. It was said that businesses send 12 billion e mails a year while individuals send just over 5 billion. Can you believe there would even be consideration of this crazy concept. An analogy used on CNN was that it was like taxing automobiles to fund the buggy industry. There is currently a law that would make such a tax illegal. However that law expires next year. I'm sure this will have politicians salivating over what they could do with the additional funds. Currently It's said that it would go to the Post Office but that's just crazy. If the post office is going to die, then it should. Junk mail kills too many tree's already. Plus it could be replaced by the private sector if there is a real demand for the service.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    It would never happen. I did not see this tonight, but I'm very interested in who was talking about this. It's just scare tactics.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Hey Tony, great point. You say there is currently a law that would make such a tax illegal, however it expires next year. I just can't understand this. Why would lawmakers enact a law with an expiration date? What about the income tax law? When does it expire? Do you see what I am getting at? My dad worked for the P.O. all his life, and it WAS a vital service for so many years. Things change as technology advances and resources dry up or get substituted for, so I say just let things evolve as they have for years. That is the American way.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: It would never happen. I did not see this tonight, but I'm very interested in who was talking about this. It's just scare tactics.
    "never happen" Never say never when it's politicians and money. If they want it bad enough they may not lets rules or laws stand in their way. Rules and laws can be changed, bypassed, or ignored. Politicians and our money...a VERY bad combination.
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    TJ Wrote: On CNN tonight it was discussed that the govt. might attempt to tax e mails with the funds going to support the Post Office. It was said that businesses send 12 billion e mails a year while individuals send just over 5 billion. Can you believe there would even be consideration of this crazy concept. An analogy used on CNN was that it was like taxing automobiles to fund the buggy industry. There is currently a law that would make such a tax illegal. However that law expires next year. I'm sure this will have politicians salivating over what they could do with the additional funds. Currently It's said that it would go to the Post Office but that's just crazy. If the post office is going to die, then it should. Junk mail kills too many tree's already. Plus it could be replaced by the private sector if there is a real demand for the service.
    With all respect Tony, the model and efficient Post Office we once had has alerady been replaced once, by Ronald ' Dopey Dildock' Reagan. That's why it's in the shape it's in now. How about going back and making it a governemnt run organization again ? Even the proposal should have the privateers biting their tails.....
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Hey Left,
    Good morning to you. I have a very good friend who was a postal carrier for many years. Stories he told me about his defiance of management to the point of being unbelievable was hard for me to believe. He was a veteran who had a shoulder injury and they insisted on him carrying his bag one specific way which was very uncomfortable to him. He delivered his full route in less than expected time and had a great rapport with his customers. That's why he had issues with management. Anyway, when he told me about the disrespectful way that he argued with his employer, I found it hard to believe. But the fact that he was part of a union gave him a blank check because he felt he couldn't lose his job. Plus the wages are very generous.
    I don't necessarily want the post office to fail. But I believe there will come a time when that will happen. From the 1960's to the 1985'ish era, there was hardly ever a postal rate increase. Now it seems it happens about every two years. With the costs of health care, retirement plans, union wages, and gasoline, I think the post office has many difficult issues to face. Sadly, today, many company's pay low wages, offer limited benefits, and don't have to deal with union's. We'll see what happens as time rolls on. I am afraid the fact that so much is sent electronically and the trend towards going to lower cost operations will spell trouble for the post office.