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:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/11/amazon-sunday-delivery-usp...

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.

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Legend 4 years 19 weeks ago
#1

Republicans want to get rid of the USPS because it is unionized.

Legend 4 years 19 weeks ago
#2

Republicans want to get rid of the USPS because it is unionized.

DynoDon 4 years 19 weeks ago
#3

I want to know if 1st class postage is subsidizing package delivery. As noted on another blog, USPS has screwed up Netlfix delivery. It now routinely takes 4+ days for a DVD to go 65 miles. My credit card payments take 3 days to go 1500 miles to Dallas. USPS 1st class service is declining and I don't want to see the more profitable package delivery getting subsidized by 1st class postage revenue.

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douglaslee 4 years 19 weeks ago
#4

They also want to get rid of USPS for their business campaign contributers. Businesses risk felony charges if their fraudulent practices and documents are transmitted via USPS, aka Mail Fraud. Businesses use UPS and Fedex when defrauding now and it costs over 10 times the rate USPS, but cheaper than hiring an attorney when caught in their fraudulent practices.

One thing that ought to be brought up on the floor of congress is that last mile to the door Fedex and UPS use USPS for. That mile means the documents in their possession are subject to felonious charges if fraudulent. That mean postal inspectors can view Fedex and UPS packages for fraud. The inspectors might choose to exercise prosecutorial discretion if the 75 year pension funding rule the GOP pushed was allowed to wither on the lynch noose the gop put around USPS's neck.

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Palindromedary 4 years 19 weeks ago
#5

I'd almost rather the USPS did deliver that last mile rather than sitting around all day (8:00am to 8:00pm) for the other delivery services to show up. At least I know about what time I will get the packages with USPS. I'm always so worried that thieves will tail the UPS or FED-Ex trucks and snatch my packages before I get to the front door. I think that thieves would be more reluctant to follow a USPS mail person around. Federal offense to steal USPS mail.

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Palindromedary 4 years 19 weeks ago
#6

I do so like shopping Amazon. I always go for the free shipping which is supposed to take longer to deliver. But, in most cases, I get what I ordered before their estimated time for delivery....even when it's shipped from one of the non-Amazon vendors. And things are always way cheaper than trying to buy them locally...especially the books. It's a good idea to read all of the ratings and comments, though.

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