As the US Postal Service founders and Congress attempts to reform the system (without breaking up the monopoly), it is worth pointing out that postal operations in most wealthy countries actually MAKE money. The USPS on the other hand, has lost over $25 billion since fiscal year 2006, with deficits of $8.5 billion in 2010 and $5.1 billion in 2011. It forecasts an astonishing $14 billion loss in 2012.
There is no reason, despite competition from the Internet, that delivering packages and the mail could not make money in the United States as well. It is time to abandon socialism in the mail and just privatize it.