I find it interesting that the US Postal Service is the second largest civilian employer in the US, and it cannot sustain itself without government funding. In contrast, the largest civilian employer in the US is quite successful. Why does Wal-Mart succeed and the USPS not?Stressed U.S. Postal Service Suspends $800 Million In Pension PaymentsWith 596,000 workers, the Postal Service is the nation’s second-largest civilian employer after Wal-Mart.
Yea, yea..... I know; Wal-Mart is evil because it treats it's employees blah, blah-blah......
The bottom line is that Wal-Mart is successful and the USPS is not. If the USPS were run the way Wal-Mart is run, could it be successful? Take away all of the costly, non-producing entities from the USPS; could it be successful? Of course it could.
The USPS is not successful for the same reason so many other U.S. companies and most U.S. government services are not successful; too much money going out for the amount of money coming in.
So, what does Wal-Mart do to keep the amount of money going out lower? Wal-Mart controls it's spending. What does the USPS do? Bend over America!WHAT!? The USPS doesn't receive our tax dollars directly....they receive our tax dollars indirectly, through another government laundering agency that costs us even more in taxes.The Postal Service is an independent agency of the U.S. government and essentially has received no direct taxpayer dollars since the early 1980s. However, its relationship with the federal government is complicated, and it must borrow from the Treasury, which does get tax money, to cover its shortfalls.
The more government has a say in a business, the more screwed up that business is going to be.