Thom had a conversation last week with a "Libertarian" guest who insisted the USPS was unreliable and that there's nothing it does that a private company could not do better.
Interestingly, just after hearing this, I received my first Amazon Prime delivery yesterday (Sunday) via USPS. I looked it up and found I missed the following story in November:
With the following quote:
"However, the company still needs carriers such as USPS, United Parcel Service and FedEx to help it cover the so-called last mile to most people's doorsteps. And the USPS is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation – 152 million homes, businesses and post office boxes.
"We are leveraging our technology and infrastructure to get packages to USPS so they can create an incremental day of package delivery," Clark said. "This helps them and it helps our service too.""
- source credit: USA today
So, now we have Amazon, UPS, and FedEx all using USPS when they do not have the infrastructure to go to the final address (or refuse to deliver on Sunday, themselves). Clearly the "free market" leadership at these companies find that it is more economical for an organization with less overhead to handle that last mile than to build out distribution further themselves.
Eliminating the Post Office would result in huge financial burdens, or less customer service from these companies in the short term, at minimum.