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In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right;
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    --Commodore Stephen Decatur

Monday, April 12, 2010

Your Government in Action, Part 5

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Postal Service is "not viable," and that massive cuts are needed if it is to continue functioning:
The Postal Service should provide more lucrative incentive packages to potential retirees to try to accelerate attrition, auditors said.  They also recommended USPS consider outsourcing more delivery routes and mail services to contractors and seek concessions on wage and benefits from its labor unions during negotiations later this year.
On a related note, if you mail in your taxes, remember that you may have to pay extra postage.  Although the USPS increasingly relies on taxpayer subsidies for its very existence, the IRS provides a helpful tip as the government's way of saying thank you for your support:
Envelopes without enough postage will be returned to you by the post office.  Your envelope may need additional postage if it contains more than five pages or is oversized (for example, it is over 1⁄4" thick).
Your tax dollars at work!

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