His argument is that it would be a win-win because it would not only SAVE the post office, but it would also discourage spam from being sent out.
(However, the post office isn't going bankrupt because of their business structure, per se, it's going bankrupt because it's paying so much in entitlements and retirement programs for employees that don't even WORK for the post office.....)
At any rate, here's my beef yet another 'tax' proposal on my business.
The emails I send out ARE. NOT. SPAM. They are sent out to engage my opted-in subscribers and to give them added value of what they WANT.
Not only that, but think of MASSIVELY huge websites, like eBay. Whenever there is a bid, an offer, a question on an item, or other notification, an email is sent out as well as a message in the messaging system.
All that extra money going to save a post office for their failures in 'running a viable business because they DO run a viable business'? Seems stupid.
I can't imagine what other people think with massive email lists with legitimate opt ins think about with a proposed tax on their emails.
Oh, by the way, here's a link to one of the news articles on the subject:
Berkeley, Calif. politicos: Tax email to save Postal Service - Washington Times
One of the comments on the article page I thought was brilliant. They said something to the effect of: "Let's tax regular mail to save the telegraph"