Not sure how you got that impression. I stated (and I think it's obvious) that any alternative system would necessarily be either more expensive (since they can't possibly hope to compete with the USPS infrastructure) or provide far less coverage of service. You've said as much yourself, you just don't care about the folks who would lose service. Prices have steadily increased on stamps my entire life....y'know, like prices for lots of stuff. It's called "reality". Perhaps you should visit sometime.ArturoBandini wrote:It was my impression that "no price increases" was one of the conditions you placed on any alternative system.
As I stated upthread, the only truly uniform pricing which currently exists is for a first class letter. That needs to remain, as does guaranteed service to all locations. Because without those two criteria, you'd be "fixing" USPS by instituting an inferior system. Still unclear why you think that's preferable.ArturoBandini wrote:Or are you just arguing for geographic uniformity of prices?
First of all, everybody benefits when everybody has access to the mail. Not sure why you don't see that. Just because I live in an urban area doesn't mean I will never have reason to mail something to or receive mail from a rural one. And if I don't need to do so directly, perhaps somebody I do business with needs to. See, we're all connected, even folks like you who'd rather everyone had to sink or swim based on naught but the whims of the free market. It's kinda the same argument about roads -- we all benefit from them, even if we aren't using them directly.ArturoBandini wrote:How can you say that the winners are every single U.S. citizen? What about people in high-density urban areas who effectively overpay for letter services?
But beyond that, you really think 45 cents is "overpaying"? Not only is it cheaper than (I'm pretty sure) anywhere else in the world, it seems pretty damn reasonable to me for the service being provided. So once again, your argument hinges mostly on greed. You want to pay less, so the people you don't give a fuck about should have to pay more.