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  •  I love the USPS (2+ / 0-)
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    kurt, dsjwriter

    But I would not choose it as the agency to point to if I were trying to argue that anything the private sector can do efficiently, the government can do better. Or at least as well.

    The USPS is structured, managed, and operated much more like a private-sector business than a government agency. It is unique among "government" entities is in that it is not funded by taxes, but by its own revenues, like a private-sector company.

    I don't think there are any data supporting the claim that USPS employees are "highly stressed."  When was the last time you heard of an actual USPS employee "going postal"?

    There are few points of meaningful comparison between FedEx and the USPS. FedEx is not in business to deliver the mail, but to deliver and track packages of urgent importance and significant value. It is much better at this than the USPS, which is hardly surprising because the USPS is not in business to deliver and track packages of urgent importance and significant value. Conversely the USPS does a much better job of delivering the mail than FedEx, because it is the business of delivering the mail and FedEx is not. Both organizations are very good at what they do and deliver good service for the money.

    UPS, on the other hand, is in the business of delivering merchandise. Everything about it's operation indicates that it is in business only to deliver merchandise to and from businesses, and at that it seems competent. When it comes to delivering packages to or from individuals, it completely sucks.

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    by Free Spirit on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:50:55 PM PDT

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