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UPS and FEDEX are forbidden by law from using your mailbox. I use a separate slightly larger box specifically labelled for UPS and FEDEX to use for smaller packages at my house so they do not have to leave it at my door. USPS can use that box if they please - there is no law giving it exclusivity.
FEDEX and UPS would not want to deliver mail anyways ... it is a losing proposition at current prices. UPS does use USPS to deliver small packages at times - not sure how it works contractually.
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I'm pretty sure they prefer the deliveries that pay them a factor of 20 more and don't involve as many point-to-point (home) deliveries. The evidence certainly points that way, as Icy says. "Oh we want it to go somewhere we don't go as often? Let USPS do that part for a few pennies!" So in the absence of the present system, UPS and FedEx would also lose that subsidy.
The whole point of getting rid of FEMA and privatizing it is shear lunacy. A private company wouldn't have the national guard, army, navy or air force at its disposal in extreme cases. (The Army has been called on to buy and deliver 28 million gallons of gas to the NY area for example) The military has a unique ability to do this far beyond anything the private sector has or could come up with. Oh wait, that is unless you want a private company controlling the military, i mean what could possibly go wrong with that?
States do not have the resources to release the reserve heating oil, breakthrough regulations to allow gas barges to get to the effected area, are not able to position 3 helicopter aircraft carriers off of the Coast of NJ or utilize 17 military cargo planes to bring in equipment from California...
Nobody is suggesting that each state have its own Navy and Air Force.
States also,when allocated money, tend to spend it otherwise...
The funds could be held in escrow with the approval over sight when States wanted to use the money.
Folks with this stance do not comprehend the extent of the destruction and the amount of resources and coordination it takes to fix this mess...
And, people would be appalled if they knew about the waste of tax dollars. Perhaps youre happy pizzing away $15,000 and getting back $500 a few years later. People with an ounce of common sense arent.
The city left more than a dozen generators desperately needed by cold and hungry New Yorkers who lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy still stranded in Central Park yesterday.
And that’s not all — stashed near the finish line of the canceled marathon were 20 heaters, tens of thousands of Mylar “space” blankets, jackets, 106 crates of apples and peanuts, at least 14 pallets of bottled water and 22 five-gallon jugs of water.
I think Steyn put it best (speaking of Nanny Bloomberg):
This is a man who spends his days micro-managing the amount of soda New Yorkers are allowed to have in their beverage containers rather than, say, the amount of ocean New Yorkers are allowed to have in their subway system.
That's not so say that there weren't ideas on how to accomplish the latter:
The London Telegraph reports today on a plan for a five-mile storm-surge barrier across the mouth of New York’s harbor, similar to the far longer one in St Petersburg – or, indeed, to the Thames Barrier. Whatever the merits of the plan, I was struck by this passage:
Michael Bowman, an oceanography professor at Long Island’s Stony Brook University is also involved in the project. He says the plan would cost around $10 billion “a small amount of capital expense compared to the damage from Hurricane Sandy,” he told The Telegraph.
Why weren't they sufficiently prepared (at all levels)? Again, Bloomberg provides a perfect encapsulation of the problem:
But with so many prescient warnings, city authorities are struggling to explain why so little was done. Mayor Bloomberg has said it was difficult to translate such warnings into concrete action.
They can chisel that on the epitaph of the republic. Because with Big Government American-style, no matter how many trillions of dollars are spent, it all goes to makework bureaucracies. What does Nanny B ever translate into “concrete action”?
The NY Times was curious about the failure to address this risk as well, and found that the lack of "concrete action" might have been deliberate:
What New York is not so good at is preventing big storms from exacting an enormous toll on infrastructure, buildings and businesses. In the case of Sandy, the damage to New York City is estimated to be as much as $17 billion. Cities like London, Amsterdam — and, yes, Providence — have built systems to minimize the damage even Category 3 storms can cause. But not New York.
Part of the reason is that the cost of any such system would run into the billions of dollars. But another reason is that many environmentalists are firmly opposed to a big public-works project, fearing that it would give people a false sense of security about the problems posed by climate change. They prefer taking smaller steps, like raising the height of subway grates to keep water out of the subway tunnels. Bloomberg has embraced this approach.