RE: The end game for Republicans is the privatization of the USPS
Nah, I can't grok the idea that ending Saturday delivery is the death knell of the US postal service.
During various Conservative governments over the past 40 or so years, crumb by crumb our federally owned services and utilities were sold off and contracted out. Australia Post remains as a government service. They have somehow managed to re-invent the service to cater to 21st C demands.
Closing post offices will alienate the voters. Saturday post - meh. I'm surprised it's lasted this long. Commerce, law and government work Mon - Fri; they are the main users of letter post.
The job losses are a worry. We had them too, as many delivery functions were contracted out. Some recompense comes in small business people gaining contracts for parcel delivery which, in these days of online purchases, has grown considerably.
I can't think of any first world country where the postal service is not a government department. (will stand corrected if anyone knows different....) I'd imagine this is because of liability issues. The government does it's business in writing and needs a 'chain of command' in official correspondence for all sorts of legal reasons. You, as citizens should expect reciprocal responsibility in your written communications.
This seems to me a no-brainer. Either the Repubs are far dimmer than I imagined or the writer of this article is trying to beat up trouble where none exists.