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Trump Wants Postal Service to Charge More. What Do You Think?

by Countable | 12.29.17

What’s the story?

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump criticized the U.S. Postal Service, tweeting it "should be charging MUCH MORE" for e-commerce package delivery.

Why does it matter?

Amazon regularly uses the USPS to complete what’s known as "last mile" delivery. According to a recent study by Citigroup, the postal service loses about $1.46 per box. In the fiscal year ending in September, the USPS reported a $2.7 billion net loss. Amazon reported a $1.176 billion profit for the same fiscal period.

However, Amazon also remains one of the postal service’s biggest customers. And as multiple outlets have pointed out, any price increase on postage would be passed along to e-consumers.

Though the USPS is a federal agency – one of the few outlined in the Constitution – it doesn’t receive any tax dollars. All income is generated by postage sales and services.

The cost of stamps will increase by one cent in January. And earlier this month, regulators moved to allow bigger jumps to stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation.

This also isn’t the first time Trump has used Twitter to attack Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos. Bezos owns The Washington Post, a frequent critic of the president.

What do you think?

Are e-retailers making the post office "dumber and poorer"? Should the USPS charge more to deliver packages? Should stamp prices increase beyond the rate of inflation? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • My
    12/29/2017
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    Stop subsidizing junk mail with rates for other types of mail. Charge what it actually costs to deliver all that waste paper. If that cuts down on the amount of junk mail, that is good for the environment.

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  • Page
    12/29/2017
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    It seems to me that the USPS is doing a great job. If they need to charge more, so be it. But it's not a for-profit business; it's an essential government service.

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  • Woodlander
    12/29/2017
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    The postal service current price is only adequate for people’s personal mail needs (personal letters, household bills and statements etc). Commercial companies have decided to abuse that system in order to fill up our mail boxes with junk commercial mail and pay relatively nothing for doing it. It absolutely makes sense that if mail is used for a commercial purpose the post service should charge A LOT MORE to such corporations.

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  • Mark
    12/30/2017
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    I believe the USPS is intentionally being set up to look like a failure! The USPS operates like a private business relying on revenue from the selling of postage and the Congress has control over it legislatively. It’s not a department of government. The USPS operates without receiving one penny in taxes. The Congress should authorize the USPS to expand its operations in innovative ways to generate more revenue, like bringing back the postal bank. The Congress MUST END this ridiculous burden put on the USPS that makes them pay down in the sum of billions a year from their operating revenue to pay for future retiree benefits, when they already have reached that goal! The USPS and the millions of American middle class jobs it provides is an American treasure that needs preserved and strengthened so that future generations of Americans can use and appreciate!

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  • Gerald
    12/29/2017
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    The republicans want to privatize the post office. It’s all politics. Large union and Democratic leaning. As usual half truths and misinformation in the great leader’s tweets. Charge the junk mail what it costs to send a letter and there would be a profit. The Amazon idea was a brilliant adaptation to our new electronic world and pricing will adjust. How much do we lose with secret service expense at trumps golf resorts? Go play golf Donald and stop pretending you are working with child like tweets.

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  • Linda
    12/30/2017
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    I don’t care what Trump wants. He is too dumb to make any decisions. Give him his milk and cookies and put him to bed.

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  • Sarah
    12/29/2017
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    Do not increase postage! I can't support this increase especially in the light of all the tax cuts to corporations!

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  • Michael
    12/30/2017
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    After working for the Postal Service for 35 years, there’s several complaints I can offer you. First, unless things have changed the PO has to PRE fund the government for retirement costs a a rate of $5 Billion a year. When I retired they were 50+ years paid in advance. Where is that money. No business can pay that out and not run a deficit. 2nd it almost takes an act of congress to relieve a bad employee. The NALC is anti post Office. When I was a shop steward the first thing that was told to me by the president of the localNALC was it was my responsibility to ensure that no employee did any more work than just enough to keep their job. And the majority did just that. Still there were good employees who worked to their potential. While a manager one of the local NALC presidents made sure I knew he would do the least amount of work he could. It was his job to SCREW the PO out of as much as he could!!! Why should he work hard, they can hire more people to get things done. There are a lot more that should be investigated to fix the PO. But in my view the goal is to break up the business and give the profitable areas to the friends of politicians and keep the unprofitable areas for the government at a loss.

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  • Larrybz
    12/29/2017
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    The cost of postage has to cover the expense. I know there always questions about how efficient the postal service is with budget. Would it help to stop a the ad trash they deliver? It sounds like amazon is taking advantage of the low cost regardless what taxpayers pay

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  • Scott
    12/30/2017
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    Trump has repeatedly gone after Amazon... at what point do we start treating this like political retribution?

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  • Jeanne
    12/30/2017
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    Corporations need to pay the actual cost for their promotional mailings and the corporate discount needs to be eliminated. The post office was wrecked by the stupid law passed several years under W. They have to pay for their health care 75 years in advance. Do you pay for your anything 75 years in advance? That W era law needs rescinding. The law was passed to destroy the USPS so it could be privatized to make more money for republicans and their greedy friends. The ultimate goal was to eliminate union jobs. The premise was to make sure retirees health care was prepaid for 75 years over a 10 year period. Of course the post office lost money and looks fiscally unsound. Because the republicans want it that way. They’ve been out to destroy the country for the past 35 years, since the Nixon debacle. This is just another example of their incompetence. Soon they’ll be saying we need to increase prices to pay for their tax scam or cut programs. This is the first of many to come.

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  • Cindy
    12/30/2017
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    Charge full first-class rates for junk mail! Quit giving big corporations discounts and tax breaks. And get rid of trump - that would be the best thing for this country.

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  • Phil
    12/29/2017
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    the post office is overseen by the gov't, but not funded by tax dollars. it is self funded....why is trump trashing them?

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  • Debi
    12/30/2017
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    NO. Like with all government programs the US PS needs better supervision and management. Drain the swamp’s, but don’t throw the babies out with the bathwater!! Example: GET RID OF MY JUNK MAIL!! DO NOT let COMPANIES & CORPORATIONS SEND ME ADVERTISING THRU THE MAIL UNLESS I ASK FOR IT!! There is a recycle bin located by our community mailboxes that fills up quickly everyday with unwanted mail deliveries!! FIX THAT LITTLE THING, “MR. BIG DEALER” PRESIDENT GOD. DRAIN THAT LITTLE DROP FROM THE SWAMP, eh?

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  • Sheryl
    12/29/2017
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    Congress doomed the USPS by forcing them to pre-fund retirement benefits. IMHO congress has done all it can to create barriers to making USPS viable and sustainable. Simply charging more for services is merely a bandaid.

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  • Marcius
    12/29/2017
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    Get rid of junk mail by raising their costs.

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  • Michael n angie
    12/30/2017
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    Why have We The People pay for something twice when the private sector can do it better and we only pay once? READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·

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  • Peter
    12/29/2017
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    Instead of raising postal prices I think Trump should raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations.

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  • WeaverWitch
    12/30/2017
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    USPS should charge an amount that covers the service they provide to Amazon. USPS should also start charging much more to deliver commercial advertising mail.

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  • Christine
    12/30/2017
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    djt and his corporate cronies are despicable.

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