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United States/Stamps : The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

 

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ikeyPikey
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26 Sep 2019
05:02:34pm

"From the New York Times:

In its Sept. 13 decision, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the rate increase failed to meet the Administrative Procedure Act’s “requirement for reasoned decision making.” In fact, the reason the Postal Service gave when challenged in court by a frequent adversary, a California lawyer named Douglas Carlson, was close to bizarre. It needed to keep the price of stamps “at round numbers divisible by five,” it asserted, for the sake of the “simplicity of structure” required by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.

This did not go over well with the judicial panel. “By its plain terms, the statute refers to the simplicity of the pricing schedule as a whole,” Judge Neomi Rao wrote in the unanimous opinion. “It is not a provision about simple consumer prices, as suggested by the Postal Service.” Judge Rao quoted with approval Mr. Carlson’s arguments that consumers “may not appreciate the supposed ‘convenience’ of a higher price” and that “the public had never struggled to understand the price of stamps, even though that price had not been divisible by five for most of the nation’s history.”"



The full text decision can be found here.

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nlroberts1961

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26 Sep 2019
11:21:34pm
re: The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

I liked the comment that one of the judges was a stamp collector and made the observation that the price historically had seldom been divisable by 5 ...

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27 Sep 2019
05:36:22am
re: The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

Maybe it had been a ploy to start to a tradition of 5 cent increases.

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TribalErnie
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27 Sep 2019
05:42:05am
re: The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

Wait, what happened? We had a judge say something that actually made sense?

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27 Sep 2019
11:13:49am
re: The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

"Maybe it had been a ploy to start to a tradition of 5 cent increases."



Al, I think that's exactly what the USPS wants to do. To me, it makes little sense to do a 1 or 2 cent meaningless increase each year. However, that nickle increase should not be an annual affair either.
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ikeyPikey

26 Sep 2019
05:02:34pm

"From the New York Times:

In its Sept. 13 decision, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the rate increase failed to meet the Administrative Procedure Act’s “requirement for reasoned decision making.” In fact, the reason the Postal Service gave when challenged in court by a frequent adversary, a California lawyer named Douglas Carlson, was close to bizarre. It needed to keep the price of stamps “at round numbers divisible by five,” it asserted, for the sake of the “simplicity of structure” required by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.

This did not go over well with the judicial panel. “By its plain terms, the statute refers to the simplicity of the pricing schedule as a whole,” Judge Neomi Rao wrote in the unanimous opinion. “It is not a provision about simple consumer prices, as suggested by the Postal Service.” Judge Rao quoted with approval Mr. Carlson’s arguments that consumers “may not appreciate the supposed ‘convenience’ of a higher price” and that “the public had never struggled to understand the price of stamps, even though that price had not been divisible by five for most of the nation’s history.”"



The full text decision can be found here.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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nlroberts1961

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26 Sep 2019
11:21:34pm

re: The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

I liked the comment that one of the judges was a stamp collector and made the observation that the price historically had seldom been divisable by 5 ...

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27 Sep 2019
05:36:22am

re: The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

Maybe it had been a ploy to start to a tradition of 5 cent increases.

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27 Sep 2019
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re: The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

Wait, what happened? We had a judge say something that actually made sense?

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27 Sep 2019
11:13:49am

re: The Fifty-five Cent Forever Whimsy

"Maybe it had been a ploy to start to a tradition of 5 cent increases."



Al, I think that's exactly what the USPS wants to do. To me, it makes little sense to do a 1 or 2 cent meaningless increase each year. However, that nickle increase should not be an annual affair either.
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