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Comparing UPS with the post office is like comparing an apple to a hamburger. They are so radically different that comparisons are useless. Let me explain why.
First UPS only competes with the post office on the delivery of packages and parcels which is more profitable than first class mail. Even then just check out their rates and services. The post office charges the same to deliver a package anywhere in the continental United States where UPS charges different rates based on distance. I notice very few differences in how fast either delivers their packages.
Second, the post office is a completely self supporting entity. But it still has to get regulations from congress, and very often congress completely messes up the post office. In 2006, congress mandated the post office to pre-fund their pension plan. That is something no other company, goevrnment or private has to do. If UPS had to pre-fund their pensions, they would go out of business.
Third, the post office has a mandate to deliver first class mail and parcels to every nook and cranny in the United States; from the steamy bayous and backwaters of Louisiana to the frozen reaches of Alaska. The post office delivers the mail to everyone anywhere in the United States six days a week. If you want UPS to deliver on a Saturday, you pay extra.
Of course the UPS drivers and workers are represented by the Teamsters Union so both companies are unionized. No difference there except that the Teamsters union is much stronger.
Here is what you would get if the post office were to be run like a private company:
Forget about house to house mail delivery in the inner cities and rural areas. In the inner cities it is too dangerous and in many rural hamlets, it is not cost effective. So in those areas, you will have to pick up your mail in a central postall center, not at your mailbox at your residence.
If you want to send a letter or package across the country it will cost more than if you want to send it across town. Postage costs would be based on the distance you are sending the letter or parcel.
A lot of letter carriers would lose their jobs since the post office will not need them. Mail will be delivered by truck to a neighborhood station where people will have to go and pick it up. Home delivery of mail will be a luxury only in the urban areas and business centers during the week. Of course forget about Saturday mail delivery. But if you want special Saturday delivery, you can get it if you pay for it. Otherwise you can wait until Monday.
Oh another thing, if the post office were to be run like a corporation; expect a huge increase in the cost of a postage stamp. After all the top executives and management in the private postal service would have to be paid comparable to other top managers and executives in similar sized corporations so watch executive compensation to go through the roof. The head honcho of the U.S. Postal Service makes a fraction of what the CEO of UPS or FedEx makes right now, so that will be corrected as soon as the postal service is privitized.
And one more thing, the United States Postal Inspection Service will have to be separated from the post office. Perhaps they could be absorbed into the FBI since postal inspectors are trained along side FBI agents at Quantico VA. Right wingers seem to forget that the USPIS is the oldest and best respected federal law enforcement agency. They get convictions in more than 92% of the arrests they make. They are the major law enforcement agency investigating child pornography, white collar crime such as frauds and scams, crime through the internet and fraud involving the stock and commodity exchanges. After all it was the postal inspectors that got the goods on Al Capone in 1931 when no one else could make any charge stick. The USPIS is funded and is a department of the Postal Service, not the Justice Department. So part of the money used to fund the post office goes to fund the postal inspection service. UPS doesn't have its own police force.
Oh yes how do I know so much? My brother is a retired United States Postal Inspector. He could tell you a heck of a lot more than i ever could.