well as a USPS carrier I can clear somethings up for some of you.
First off the USPS doesnt get tax money, all its funds come from postage and other services.
second by law the USPS can not make a profit. it is a service not a business, thats why the USPS prices are so cheap. also its against the law for the USPS to offer different prices to different groups. Commercial mail gets by this through bulk, which is a disscount for sending thousands of pieces of mail in one mailing or for presorting thier mail so that it is in delivery order.
Thirdly, the last figure i remember dealing with volume of mail delivered was that nation wide, in a single day, the USPS delivers more pieces of mail (first class and packages), than UPS and Fedex do in a year.
By law the mail can not be tampered with, we take an oath, we can be prosecuted by law, we have an internal police force that investigates not only fraud, theft, distruction, etc… from persons who use the USPS, but also USPS employees.
The USPS delivers mail 7 days a week, most only think its 6 because only express mail is delivered on Sundays and holidays.
The USPS is the largest employer in the nation.
we deliver in every type of weather as the motto goes
our on time, national, delivery %'s are in the 90’s, which considering the volume we get thats very impressive.
for those who want to see competition with the USPS, there wouldnt be any. I dont mean that no one could compete with the USPS, i mean that if the monopoly was broken, the USPS would be desolved, there would nolonger be justification for a Federal institution for delivering mail. the private sector would have to do it by itself.
I wouldnt trust any one delivering my mail other than the USPS and i dont think that any company even UPS could afford to set up maintain or make proffitable a mail delivery system equivalant to the USPS with out jacking the prices to an outrages amount or reducing services.
Most likely what would hapen would be a 5 day delivery week, and the mail wouldnt be door to door, it would be cluster boxes on every so many corners and you would have to go to that to pick up your mail, thats what the USPS has been doing in new city developements.
as for a price for buying the USPS with all its Buildings, machines, equipment, trucks, and not taking into account the wages needed to pay the employees which number in at i belive 800,000 +, i’d guess the price tag would be in the hundred billions if not trillions.