Monday, May 11, 2009


Stamp Increase Today

Keep in mind, dear readers, that all First Class Mail sent through the United States Postal Service today and beyond requires a $0.44 stamp, as the USPS has once again raised rates.

The Postmaster General would have us believe that the increase is small potatoes and doesn't even begin to cover the increased costs associated with delivering the mail. In fact, he's been whining to Congress for some time now that the USPS needs to eliminate mail on one day, backing down to a five-day delivery schedule. ("Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds - except on Tuesdays...")

Perhaps Congress should step in and help the poor Postal Service with its real problem - out-of-control salaries. This from Yahoo! News:

Postal workers and models will be happy to know that their average annual pay increased more than anyone else's. Postal workers make 23.2% more than a year ago, bringing them up to an annual salary of $54,550. Models didn't make nearly as much to begin with, but they're up 20.4% to $30,160 a year.

$54,550? As an average for a job that requires no formal schooling or education? You've got to be kidding me.

If that's the baseline, what are we going to have to pay doctors - you know, the people who go to school for decades so they don't accidentally kill one of us when our health is poor - under Obama's socialized medical plan? A few million a year?

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