Your absolutism about government owned/run companies is unwarranted. Do you get power or water from a municipal utility? Do you send and receive mail?
I lived in Gainesville, FL for 10 years and loved Gainesville Regional Utilities as a company...especially the way they dealt with the insane ideas that came from the mayor and city commission. Their rates are fantastic, they are very good to their employees, and their customer service is phenominal.
The Government does not "own" the Post Office anymore, but the Post Office is still at the whim of the government in many ways. And, despite all of its faults (and I know them well as both of my girlfriends parents are extremely hardworking supervisors with the Post Office), it is pretty amazing what the Post Office is able to do for the ridiculously low prices they charge. Their customer service may suck pretty much all the time, but they do get the job done as well as UPS or FedEx for a lot less.
You have never bought a new motor vehicle because you can build a better one? Really? I can't. So, I happily buy from Nissan and Honda, both of which get government subsidies. I couldn't care less knowing that my cars will run until the wheels fall off in 20 years with minimal regular maintenance. Note: Regular maintenance does not include replacing alternators and water pumps as it does with American cars.
As far as your comment to scottmil goes... If you have not heard any credible economists supporting the current policies, you have not been listening...unless, of course, you have narrowed your defintion of 'credible' to those that agree with you.
Actually, I think the past policies absolutely defined the word 'naive'. Any free-market absolutist is incredibly naive. Greenspan admitted that to Congress.
In fact, any absolutist is naive. Bush defined absolutism. Obama may be many things, but he is not an absolutist.