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    Not only is chili with beans delicious, so are apples in chicken salad (dried cranberries too)

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    People need to stop titling clips "Ben Shaprio owns/destroys fill-in-the-blank".

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    Some countries such as United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan have privatized post offices, so why can't the U.S. let their postal services be privatized?

    There are some multi-billionaires in America who could afford to buy and maintain the United States Postal Service.

    I understand that the United States Postal Service is losing revenue, due to the competition with FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS). In 2016, the USPS had its fifth straight annual operating loss, in the amount of $5.59 billion.

    The Postmaster General of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States Postal Service. The United States Postmaster General's salary $276,840, a little higher than the U.S. Vice-President's salary. The Postmaster General is the second-highest paid U.S. government official, second only to the President of the United States.

    Is it perhaps because the US Postal Service has over 600,000 employees? The USPS as of February 2015 has 617,254 active employees and operated 211,264 vehicles in 2014.

    If that is so, then the Secretary of Defense should receive a salary equal to that of the Postmaster General. The Department of Defense not only has over 650,000 employees but is also in charge of the defense of the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed2962 View Post
    People need to stop titling clips "Ben Shaprio owns/destroys fill-in-the-blank".
    Kind of think that People need to stop titling clips " fill-in-the-blank owns/destroys fill-in-the-blank".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zetsubou View Post
    Some countries such as United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan have privatized post offices, so why can't the U.S. let their postal services be privatized?
    Services did NOT improve when we privatised out postal services. Same story with our public transportation.
    Privatisation is generally not a good thing when how much money you make of it is far less important than that it actually works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zetsubou View Post
    Some countries such as United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan have privatized post offices, so why can't the U.S. let their postal services be privatized?

    There are some multi-billionaires in America who could afford to buy and maintain the United States Postal Service.

    I understand that the United States Postal Service is losing revenue, due to the competition with FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS). In 2016, the USPS had its fifth straight annual operating loss, in the amount of $5.59 billion.

    The Postmaster General of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States Postal Service. The United States Postmaster General's salary $276,840, a little higher than the U.S. Vice-President's salary. The Postmaster General is the second-highest paid U.S. government official, second only to the President of the United States.

    Is it perhaps because the US Postal Service has over 600,000 employees? The USPS as of February 2015 has 617,254 active employees and operated 211,264 vehicles in 2014.

    If that is so, then the Secretary of Defense should receive a salary equal to that of the Postmaster General. The Department of Defense not only has over 650,000 employees but is also in charge of the defense of the country.
    Quote Originally Posted by Carabas View Post
    Services did NOT improve when we privatised out postal services. Same story with our public transportation.
    Privatisation is generally not a good thing when how much money you make of it is far less important than that it actually works well.
    Additionally, one of the reasons for the performance issues you mention is that The USPS is at a cost disadvantage. They are required (as they should be) to provide services at the same pricing scheme for every Zip-Code of The US, which would be one of the first things that a private firm would start sawing at. Rural America (you know, that place most of the food comes from?) has it tough enough already.

    As Carabas says, there are some things that should not be assessed with the metrics of market commerce, unless the goal is to exploit as many as possible for the benefit of as few as possible. Too many of us in The US seem unable to wrap our heads around that concept (unless speaking of Defense).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carabas View Post
    Services did NOT improve when we privatised out postal services. Same story with our public transportation.
    Privatisation is generally not a good thing when how much money you make of it is far less important than that it actually works well.
    Agreed.

    So of course now our government is gradually privatising our national health service and our education system.

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