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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Dec 2021 2:37 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

The USPS has significantly raised the cost of Priority Mail Flat Rate packages for the Christmas rush. They are saying that it is only temporary. So what do you think?

44% said "Are you kidding (when does the government ever give back money)"

21% said "I agree it is only temporary (but I have my fingers crossed)"

11% said "I agree, and I understand you have a bridge For Sale."

Thresher0127 Dec 2021 2:41 p.m. PST

I didn't vote, but yea, the 44% ARE correct I fear.

I can't remember when the USPS ever LOWERED their rates.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2021 2:47 p.m. PST

New USPS rates for January


35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2021 3:47 p.m. PST

Nothing ever related to the government, when it comes to acquisition of more taxpayers money, is ever rolled back or temporary.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2021 3:59 p.m. PST

But just remember that the USPS has not been supported by tax dollars for many years. With the increase in their pension payouts, the move from USPS to other shippers (FedEx & UPS, for example), and fewer letters being written, they've been losing revenue. I'm not surprised at the rate increase.


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2021 5:31 p.m. PST

All of those rates went up except one the APO rate.

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35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2021 5:36 p.m. PST

Yes to a point true. It is my understanding that those hired prior to 1984 still revert to taxpayer retirement. Also on April 9, the Biden administration said it would back throwing taxpayers dollars for the post offices next generation mail fleet and on April 2 they accepted 8.64 billion to offset their Covid pandemic loses. At least according to some sources on the web. But honestly neither here nor there, the point being it is not temporary.

Augustus28 Dec 2021 9:20 p.m. PST

Wow. This is just horrible. Mission failure.

Waco Joe29 Dec 2021 10:37 a.m. PST

1898 – The US government imposes a 3% tax on long distance telephone calls to help fund the Spanish American War.

2006 – The US government finally stops collecting the 3% tax on long distance telephone calls.

America's longest war?

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2021 10:55 a.m. PST

Hilarious. I thought exactly of that example when I wrote my initial post. I remember when that was announced and the way everyone responded. One of the few times a tax has been taken back. 😂

When it comes to taxpayers money, the US governments thought pattern is: what's ours is ours and what's yours is negotiable. Although there never seems to be much negotiation.

Garand30 Dec 2021 11:18 a.m. PST

1898 The US government imposes a 3% tax on long distance telephone calls to help fund the Spanish American War.

2006 The US government finally stops collecting the 3% tax on long distance telephone calls.

America's longest war?

Or most expensive. Those Cuban cigars aren't free!


dilettante Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2021 7:42 p.m. PST


mphineas01 Feb 2023 8:38 p.m. PST

Another thing the USPS did was eliminate the Regional Rate option. That one hurts.

Gozerius08 May 2023 8:56 p.m. PST

All price increases are temporary. They are inevitably replaced with further price increases.

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