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Max from Alexandria, Va., suggests postal banking as a way to provide financial services to the "unbanked" and to make the U.S. Postal Service more profitable. Anthony Sanders says that postal banking was stopped years ago because the services were not competitive, and there is no reason to try again. Dean Baker thinks the idea is worth trying on a small scale to see if it would be effective.

Joe Brancatelli, business travel columnist for bizjournals.com, presents a "Little Fix." He proposes curbside drop-off at airport terminals when returning rental cars.

Jonathan from Alexandria, Va., wants to analyze investments by Americans and American companies to find out how much of their investments are in the U.S. or abroad. Baker says it would be hard to figure out where people are investing. Sanders agrees that getting accurate information would be difficult and feels like this would pry into people's privacy.

Jessamine from Greenbelt, Md., has a "Little Fix." She would like all government offices to go on a nine day work schedule over two weeks to cut costs.

Music: "Welcome To The Working Week" by Elvis Costello

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