Why aren’t we paying $1.00 for first class mail?
The price of mail is ungodly inexpensive.
Think about that for a minute. Someone takes your piece of first class mail from your door, and can deliver it to another door thousands of miles away for 46 cents.
No wonder the post office is broke.
First class postage should be immediately increased to $1.00, which would still be a massive bargain. With the ending of Saturday delivery, that would almost immediately put the post office in the black and make it a profitable going concern.
Back in my home country of Jamaica, we only had door to door delivery in the most populous cities and towns. In smaller villages (like where I lived), we all made the daily or twice weekly trek to the post office.
Heck even at my current home here in the first world, all my mail gets delivered to a mailbox a couple miles away. The only thing that the letter carrier delivers here is junk mail.
It was great to go the post office in my youth, and its great to go to the mailbox now. I get to know the people running the joint, chat with the regulars and meet some spiffy new friends too.
In fact, the post office would save a TON of money not delivering to every single door in the United States. They could receive and sign for our packages from Amazon. More local post offices would be a great thing for each community.
Let’s get real people. I doubt that Benjamin Franklin thought the service he created should be run at a loss.