One Photo Shows The difference Between Failed Gov’t & Successful Businesses

Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam (R,IL) recently posted a photo on his Facebook page that really highlights the failure of government.

Roskam posted the photo with the headline “Government monopoly vs. private sector. Just sayin’.”

And take a look to see how right he is…

Here we have a dilapidated, rusting U.S. Post Office Box standing in a line with a gleaming new Fed Ex drop off box and a UPS drop off box.

The difference between a hidebound, failing U.S. Post Office as evinced in its rusting hulk of a post box compared to the bright, shining boxes from the privately run delivery companies is stark, indeed.

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  • Paul Hooson

    Actually the Postal Service is supposed to be an independent agency since 1971 because of some government reforms by President Nixon. The average cost in Germany to send a letter, about 80 cents, in the U.S., 46 cents. USPS or FEDEX costs to ship the same letter, several dollars up to $14 or so depending on zone. USPS, weekend Saturday service, UPS and FEDEX, no normal Saturday service. – The USPS isn’t perfect, but you get more than you pay for compared to other delivery services or many foreign postal systems. – In addition, the USPS offers many special postage discount services to larger business shippers to save 37% or more on postage rates including to larger Ebay sellers or businesses.

    • jim_m

      Technically, FedEx and UPS do not compete with the USPS because it is illegal for them to handle 1st class mail. Both of the others only offer express mail or package delivery.

      If you count the federal government subsidies that the USPS receives the real cost of mailing a letter is significantly higher than the cost of a stamp. Also the fact that FedEx and others are barred by law from delivering to mailboxes means that their delivery costs are significantly higher.

      The USPS enjoys both federal subsidies as well as federally protected competitive advantages. Remove both of these and I’ll bet that private companies could close the gap pretty effectively.

      • Paul Hooson

        I like both USPS and UPS a lot. I’m not a big fan of FEDEX, but it’s an acceptable service for what it does. FEDEX is nonunion and the employees tend to turnover at a faster rate than UPS or USPS and the packages aren’t always handled as well by FEDEX. A couple months ago I bought a new computer with Windows 8, and the FEDEX driver handled the package like a sack of potatoes almost dropping it handing it to me. FEDEX just isn’t professional like UPS or USPS. – With the grocery business, most of the stock came via truck freight, mostly by independent shipper, some were pretty good, some not so good. There’s a few Russian companies in the private trucking business right now. Some work long hours for moderate pay, and aren’t too bad to deal with sometimes. Not real friendly, but good workers.

        • jim_m

          I have found FedEx and UPS to both be far superior to the USPS. I have yet to find any but the rare exception within the USPS that behaves professionally and takes ownership of the customer experience. I have generally found a great deal of such ownership with both FedEx and UPS.

          As for unionization I would find FedEx to be nonunion as a plus. Unions tend to mean less efficiency and less concern about quality because their jobs are protected by union contract. They simply do not have the incentive to actually work that nonunion employees have.

          • Paul Hooson

            UPS is run with military like efficiency, even having standard uniforms. FEDEX has it’s place. It’s not bad for delivering some old folks diabetic supplies or medicine, but the employees lack the training or discipline of the UPS employees that I see. – I would buy a lot of groceries from a West Coast wholesaler to restaurants, Cash & Carry. It’s a union business, run much like UPS, standard uniforms by employees and a strict dress code, and very controlled and efficient. – I like the guys there very much, but just to mess with the manager who was about as straight as they come, I would tell him suggestive jokes, which used to make him so mad. But, he knew that I was just messing with him, that I actually like the guy. But, it’s a well run operation much like UPS.

        • Par4Course

          Give me a break! The USPS is lousy at its job of delivering the mail, and takes billions of dollars of taxpayer money each year to maintain its pitiful level of service. Where else do we see rising costs and lower efficiency. (I had an experience recently where the USPS took a full week to deliver a letter from one part of a 50,000 person town to another.) The USPS should be required to break even or its monopoly should be abolished. Of course, as long as it is unionized, USPS will never be efficient.

    • What_a_wonderful_world

      Paul MUST be joking! Is he seriously even trying to sell us the effectiveness of the USPS? How absolutely absurd! The USPS has long been the poster child of ineffective business models, poor customer service, slow delivery, and high cost overruns, and bill the taxpayer for their difference from what they pull in from postal revenues. Only a person who is committed to a bigger government agenda could find love with the USPS. Paul must love standing in long lines and have mail arrive late.

    • Commander_Chico

      USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation is the best value there is.

      USPS has to deliver and pick-up everywhere – private companies don’t. This is a money-loser of them. There’s also the cost of military postal system linked to USPS.

  • MunDane68

    Umm…the Book Return looks pretty well maintained. Isn’t the library a government institution too?

    • jim_m

      Libraries are locally controlled. The USPS is federally controlled. It’s actually a wonderful metaphor for how as government gets further removed from the people it serves it becomes less interested in actually serving them.

      • MunDane68

        The original post says “government monopoly vs. private enterprise”, not “federal government”. But the number of for-profit libraries open to the public would probably pretty small in number, too. Dontcha think?

        But I agree, the further you get from local control the worse it gets.

  • Commander_Chico
    • MunDane68

      I still, to this day, do not know why I paid $8 to see The Postman in theaters.

  • Joe Lagle

    I hate to defend the USPS, but UPS, or FEDEX would love to take over mail delivery in the US, but only in major cities (where 46 cents is profitable). The USPS takes a beating on rural mail delivery, the cost is the same 46 cents, but actual cost is much higher. USPS is hogtied by congress, look at when they tried to cut out delivery for one day to save money, congress interfered.

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