Insufficient Postage

Apr 26 2012 @ 6:12pm

Yesterday the Senate passed a USPS reform bill. Kevin Drum doesn't think it goes far enough. He points out that postage is going to have to rise:

Take a look at countries around the world that have smaller volumes of mail than us: they all charge higher postage rates. They have to. And as volumes keep declining in America, we're going to need higher rates here too. Right now, a first-class equivalent stamp runs 75¢ in Germany, 72¢ in Britain, 82¢ in France, 98¢ in Switzerland, 97¢ in Belgium, and 63¢ in the Netherlands. There's no way that we can stay at 45¢ as volumes decline and pretend that somehow everything will be hunky-dory.

Earlier Dish on postal problems here, here and here.