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Opening Arguments

Stamped out

Reason magazine has been predicting the end of the postal service so long that even another 2-cent increase for stamps can't get it that excited these days:

As Associate Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward said in a post two years ago, "Reason has been predicting the imminent demise of the post office since at least the '80s, so I suppose we'd better not get too cocky just yet."

When it does happen, many of us won't notice. This time around, I really, really, really don't care about the price increase. I had stopped using the mail for everything but bills, and now I do all those online except for insurance, which comes only once a year for the house and twice for the car. At the rate I was using stamps, this 2-cent increase means a further yearly savings for me of about $3.60! Whoo-hoo! With budget-slashing experience like that, I should be in the federal government.