Furthermore, the USPS — which is supposed to be a self-supporting business entity — lost over $50 billion between 2007 and 2016 and stands to lose more as postal mail becomes less and less prevalent in an increasingly digitized market.
This means that the post office, like so many other endeavors of the federal government, will likely continue hemorrhaging money until it eventually requires a taxpayer-funded bailout to keep the lights on and the trucks rolling. Such is business as usual for state-owned enterprises.
And while the president suggests jacking up shipping prices as a way to offset the post office’s fiscal woes, others have been suggested resurrecting the old practice of postal banking to help the service remain solvent while driving payday lenders out of the financial market. But there’s a better way to address the problems: privatization.
Other countries, like the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands, despite state-sponsored interference in other sectors of their respective economies, have realized that in the age of email and social media, competition among private package services drives better services and lower price through innovation and that the government doesn’t need to be involved in the parcel delivery service any more.