WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The price of a one-ounce first-class stamp will rise to 44 cents on May 11, the U.S. Postal Service said on Tuesday.
Postmaster General John Potter said the price of a stamp is going up because operational costs for the postal service are rising while the recession is dragging down mail volume.
“The Postal Service is not immune to rising costs which are affecting homes and businesses across America today,” said Potter.
Well Mr. Potter, the USPS needs to do what every other household and busniess across America is doing these days — reduce your costs. I wish I could walk in my employer’s office and demand that I receive a 4.76% increase in my salary. In point of fact, I may very well be subject to a 4.76% decrease in my salary next fiscal year, and I’m for certain not getting any increase at all.
I’d be perfectly fine with forgoing mail delivery on an additional day (or two) a week. It’s not like I’m receiving much in the mail of any value these days. I’ve even changed how I remit the one payment a month I used to send by check in a stamped envelope to avoid paying the usurious $.42 rate in effect today!
Mail volume is clearly decreasing, so the USPS needs to contract accordingly. Anything less is just grift on the American population.