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USPS could start shipping
booze as money maker

Reuters, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/3/2013 12:16:01 PM

Some U.S. senators have proposed an inventive plan for the cash-strapped Postal Service to raise cash: lifting a century-old ban on the agency shipping alcohol. The two Republican and Democratic senators late on Thursday introduced legislation to change a 1909 law that prohibits the Postal Service from shipping alcoholic beverages. The ban started a decade before prohibition-era laws made producing, selling and transporting alcohol illegal across the country. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, and the panel´s senior Republican, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, jointly sponsored the legislation,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: twocentsworth, 8/3/2013 12:20:44 PM     (No. 9456504)

why not? Anytime Washington wants to relax restrictions on anything I´m willing to listen.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 8/3/2013 12:56:53 PM     (No. 9456552)

My first thought is:
Do franking privileges include self-addressed collapsible boxes?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 8/3/2013 1:22:23 PM     (No. 9456616)

Yeah, and watch how much ends up not making it to the recipient.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bohallx, 8/3/2013 2:09:02 PM     (No. 9456691)

They still make mail out of paper ~ dry paper ~ sometimes very dry paper already encursted with highly volatile hydrocarbons.

And some Senator wants to add alcohol in breakable containers to the mix?

Well, that´d take care of the post office wouldn´t it.

NOTE, that law became irrelevant with the passage of the 21st amendment. It states in pertinent part: " The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited."

Which means that USPS would have a real problem on its hands ~ 100% of the mail is moved interstate by surface or air transportation owned by private interests subject to that amendment.

This particular amendment leaves the federales out of the picture ~ don´t know if everybody caught that part, but there it is.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 8/3/2013 2:41:50 PM     (No. 9456742)

Reminds me of that old restaurant saying...
"We lose money on every meal, but we make it up with volume!"

USPS will lose MORE money if it starts shipping booze...plus the booze will likely go missing.

stick a fork in it, the USPS is likely beyond redemption. Any/all political control and any/all subsides/payments/inducements by the government should cease. The postal service is losing MORE money as it delivers less mail. God help us when pols come up with ideas to increase the postal service´s workload.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 8/3/2013 3:11:04 PM     (No. 9456781)

Tom Coburn has lost his everloving mind.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tip35c, 8/3/2013 3:26:49 PM     (No. 9456823)

Great! Now my neighbor down the street will have something new & different in his mailbox with my name on it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: trappedinmn, 8/3/2013 3:27:34 PM     (No. 9456824)

UPS and Fedex already do ship booze. The post office wants to compete more with these efficient for profit organizations? That should work out really well.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 8/3/2013 7:31:05 PM     (No. 9457074)

Y´all, hic! please see:

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Shipping-Laws-State-by-State_1049

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Reply 10 - Posted by: rbruce20, 8/4/2013 12:54:51 AM     (No. 9457321)

Alcoholic beverages with over 70% alcohol content (140 proof) are a regulated flammable substance. Unless USPS changes their policy on HazMat, only less than 140 proof alcohol will be carried.

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