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The short answer is that the USPS is not a private corporation for exactly the reason you state; delivering the nation's mail is not a profitable enterprise. So, nobody else wants to shoulder that particular burden. Oh, other companies will definitely chip away at the market of mail and parcel delivery, where there is money to be made in various niches. ...


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It's a tradeoff between cost and universal coverage, and universal coverage has been determined to be more valuable than cost. It's mission statement: The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people....


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The post office is public because the ability for the federal government to create the post office is written into the constitution. Initially this was to have a government agency that could perform the required tasks of the nation (census, taxes, etc) however as we've developed more ways to contact people the post office's public status has come into ...


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Beyond costs, if the USPS was privately operated, it could choose what mail to deliver and what not to (votes, census data, taxes, etc.). Oversight would be limited to a board of directors at best, and if they lean one way or another, watch out. Because it's private, free speech would also not be guaranteed. Would you want that? Imagine if someone releases a ...


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There have been certainly been proposals in the U.S. to privatize the postal service, mainly from the "small government"/libertarian-leaning faction of the Republican party. (The Democratic party tends to be skeptical of privatization in general.) But none of them have caught on yet, and I think the reason is very simple: voters don't want a change....


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There are several reasons why the post office isn't profitable and they are all out of the control of the post office itself. It should also be noted that the post office is self funding. Honestly when you look at the history and realize expenses have been put on the postal service because it was to profitable the problem should become clear. https://www....


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There are several reasons why the post office isn't privatized. For starters, in the U.S. the Post office is an enumerated power of congress, they essentially have full control over locations, allowed routes, and general operations. A private company would probably not ever want to have congressional approval for any material changes. Another reason not to ...


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Not being run by the government will not make the postal service "consistently profitable". In itself it will change nothing. What could make it profitable is to make some kind of sacrifice: either we decide that everybody must pay more for it, or that people who live alone in the mountains will stop receiving letters. These are sacrifices that a ...


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