The postage prices changed, again. They change quickly. I am left with lots of left overs. I needed to clean up my piles. So I went to the local post office.
I have many 41 and 42 cent stamps. I have many 27 cent post card stamps that I use for thank you cards to referrals. The new rates, as you know are 44 cents first class and 28 cents post card. Easy enough.
Or is it? This is my visit. As you read it, consider this post a metaphor:
Me -- (I have been in line for 22 minutes. It is finally my turn...) "Hi, I need some stamps please."
P.O. -- "Certainly! What do you need?"
Me -- "I need 139 one cent stamps, 78 two cent stamps and 43 three cent stamps."
P.O. -- "Just a minute, I will check." (She is gone for 7 minutes.) "I am sorry, sir, but we don't have any one cent stamps."
Me -- "The post card rate is going up one cent and you have no stamps?!"
P.O. "No sir. I couldn't find any. And we have no three cent stamps either."
Me -- "No three cent stamps either!?"
P.O. -- "Oh, and you are limited to only one small sheet of two cent stamps."
Me -- "How many is that?"
P.O. -- "Twenty. We have no rolls left."
Me -- "You are limiting the amount of stamps people can buy?! You have known for how long that this change was to happen, and you don't have any stamps! Why not? This is the post office. Where else am I going to go to get stamps?"
P.O. -- "I guess we didn't order enough."
Me -- "You change your prices more quickly than people can keep up with, and then when you make your change you haven't enough stamps to handle people's needs. This is the U.S. Postal Service. I think you need to call it the U.S. Postal. You have forgotten the service."
I got 20 stamps for my trouble! And don't get me started on the delivery to my house! We get other people's mail. They get ours. We are forever running letters to other people in the neighborhood and vice versa. And two-three-day Priority Mail is NOT two to three days! The last time I did that it took five. The price keeps going up and the service keeps going down.
Fedex, UPS, DHL, you name it are cheaper, quicker and provide much better service. Why is that? They are private services! I order a book from Amazon, pay the cheapest postage rate (they don't use USPS) and get the book in two days. Why is that? It is a private service. My order never goes to the wrong house. Why is that?
And the metaphor?
YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE.
THE DIFFERENCE IS, THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE IT SO YOU CANNOT, CANNOT, CANNOT GO TO A PRIVATE PROVIDER FOR CHEAPER, QUICKER AND BETTER SERVICE. THEY ARE SAYING THIS IS NOT A TAX.
IT IS A TAX!! THIS IS A STEALTH TAX, PURE AND SIMPLE!! DON'T BELIEVE ME!?? WAIT!!
And where will the rich British and Canadians go for their health care?