What would happen if the U.S. got rid of home mail delivery?

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  1. Hawaiian Scribe profile image96
    Hawaiian Scribeposted 7 years ago

    What would happen if the U.S. got rid of home mail delivery?

    I have a P.O. Box, so I don?t depend on home mail delivery. There?s always an outcry, though, when the subject of cutting back on home mail delivery is brought up. Does America really need it anymore?

  2. dashingscorpio profile image88
    dashingscorpioposted 7 years ago

    There are a lot of senior citizens, people with illness, and others with no car/transportation of their own or they may be poverty stricken where it would be a hardship on them. This problem will likely increase as more "baby boomers" age over the years.
    The main problem the post office has is congress forced them to set aside a certain amount of money for pensions. Before Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, the USPS operated under a (pay-as-you-go) model for retiree health care funding. The new law requires the Postal Service to "pre-fund" its benefit obligations. They must estimate the future liability over a 75 year period!
    I can't think of any other business which has it's hands tied in such a way. People don't want to cut out Saturday delivery or any other services the post office offers. Something has got to give!

    1. Hawaiian Scribe profile image96
      Hawaiian Scribeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Most of the mail I get is junk mail, advertising flyers and political newsletters. I very rarely get mail from another human anymore. Even soc security payments are mandatory electronic now & most people choose electronic IRS refunds.

    2. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Very true. However I know quite a few people over the age of 60 who do not own or use computers. Businesses and holidays/greeting cards mainly keep the postal service afloat. Newspapers are in trouble too!

  3. jaydawg808 profile image85
    jaydawg808posted 7 years ago

    Great question. I'm assuming and thinking that many bills can be auto deducted from your account or they give options of paperless billing as it's more efficient with the internet.

    The majority of the actual "paper" mail I get is just spam and political mail.

  4. Foodeee profile image60
    Foodeeeposted 7 years ago

    My buddy has a PO Box and he has to pay for it. He said to me the other day "Why do I have to pay for a post office box and you get your mail delivered free?" I never really thought about but he does make a good point.

    I live in town and getting my mail would be easy. If I lived in the country it might be harder but I would get used to it. It would mean a cut in postal jobs and that would be bad for all those people who depend on the post office for income.

    I can't really see why it would be a hardship for people to get their own mail. Most elderly people are out getting groceries or going to the doctor about 4 out of 7 days a week. Those who are home bound certainly have someone taking care of them that can get their mail. I don't think its a problem for the general public. Its a problem for the tons of employees that would be laid off.

    1. Hawaiian Scribe profile image96
      Hawaiian Scribeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I pay for my PO box. Postal service is making $$ on people with boxes since they donʻt have to deliver anything. I guess a question is whether avoiding a layoff is reason enough to keep something operating at a loss to taxpayers.


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