The Monopoly That Is The U.S. Postal Service

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The Monopoly that is the U.S. Postal Service Millions of Americans rely on there mail to be received or shipped out with no hassle. The next closest thing to the U.S. Postal Service is Private Mail Boxes (PMB) and the U.S. Postal Service is trying to rule that as well. This can cause several inconveniences to small business owners and anyone else who has a PMB. Theses private companies are open much longer than any government Post Office and offer far more services. These services embarrass the Postal Service. Starting in the near future the Postal Service will not deliver to a Private Mail Box unless it has a PMB label. This is designed to impose a second-class look on an entire industry.

This legal power, which the Postal Service holds, is not fair to the private competitors of the mail business. Making people show ID when retrieving their mail and making confidentiality virtually unheard of is ridiculous.

The government justifies there decision over regulating PBM by claiming it will cut down on mail fraud and scam artists. But being able to give away private information to anyone is acceptable. This type of monopoly the Postal Service holds it not fair to anyone.

In the United States economy we have close to a free market economy but not totally free. But, each and every market in the United States is completely unique from the others. Generally the best type of market structure for the general public is perfect competition because it creates the lowest possible price for the public. There are some exceptions where perfect competition is not the best choice for the public on account of various reasons. The U.S. Postal Service is in its own market.

Since the Postal Service is a necessity for America, the government has...