A repeating topic in letters and editorials is the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. One example is the commentary in The Tribune of July 26, which points out that Germany, the Netherlands and Japan have done so. A review of their postal rates and conversion from euros and yen to dollars reveals that to mail a letter, up to 1.75 ounces, within those countries costs between $1.11 and $1.23.
In another example, I ordered some small parts from a company in Los Angeles and was offered the shipping options of $6.95 for USPS, $12.73 from UPS and $13.49 from FedEx.
As the old saying goes, Be careful of what you wish for because you might get it.