The Punk in the White House is clueless over the damage he’s causing over the Post Office


Putting the USPS in a deep freeze benefits no one
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A country that doesn’t hesitate to drop $700 billion on its war machine now finds itself quibbling over $10 billion to run a very essential service. Of course, a lot of this talk about shrinking the United States Postal Service has nothing to do with its budgetary shortfalls. It is yet another example of short-term political opportunism. USPS might as well stand for United States Political Shitshow…

It might be hard for politicians and their lackeys to see, but the postal service brings more than ballots and postcards. USPS plays a significant role in the US economy. Any actions against it have ramifications for businesses of all sizes. If there was any doubt, the pandemic proved that USPS is an essential service. It kept the country’s almost moribund economy moving, albeit at a sputtering pace.

The pandemic has made online commerce an incredibly significant part of our society. People across the demographic spectrum are now using some kind of online shopping. And many of those packages are delivered by our postal service. According to The Washington Post, “Week to week, package deliveries increased 20 to 50 percent in April compared with the year-ago period, and 60 to 80 percent in May.” If the package volume stays 15 percent over average, the USPS might not need further cash bailout…

USPS is part of the new future of retail. Main Street is no longer just on the street. Thanks to tools like PayPal, Shopify, WooCommerce, and Square, it is also online. And it needs USPS to do business.

Amazon can — and is — building their own logistics and delivery system. Not everyone can do that. All those politicians who complain about Amazon’s monopoly forget that the only way to fight the giant is to arm many David’s with slingshots. USPS is that slingshot. Instead of thinking about shutting down or shrinking USPS, we need to really work hard in helping it adapt to Mail Service 2.0..

Everything Om writes is readable. He could do my grocery list and I’d probably get home from town earlier – with money left over.

There’s lot to learn in his post on the USPS. Dimbulbs like the Fake President will never get it. But, the voting public has time before the next election to understand more about a stupid decision made for the grimiest of political reasons.

11 thoughts on “The Punk in the White House is clueless over the damage he’s causing over the Post Office

  1. BOGUS POTUS says:

    USPS email tells managers not to reconnect sorting machines https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/20/politics/usps-reconnect-sorting-machines/index.html
    “Please message out to your respective Maintenance Managers tonight,” wrote Kevin Couch, a director of maintenance operations. “They are not to reconnect/reinstall machines that have been previously disconnected without approval from HQ Maintenance, no matter what direction they are getting from their plant manager.”
    Also: “Yared Wonde, the president of the American Postal Workers Union’s Dallas Area Local, told CNN that management at the Dallas processing and distribution center, which serves nearly all of Dallas, unsuccessfully tried to put back four delivery bar code sorter machines.
    DBCS machines make up the bulk of the mail sorting operation across USPS, handling envelopes which includes ballots heading to voters.
    The machines, which Wonde says were removed in July, cannot be put back into service because they are missing pieces. Wonde said it was unclear what moved management at the Dallas facility to attempt to reassemble the DBCS machines.”

  2. Wanna bet? says:

    “Postmaster general, in Senate hearing, aims to calm fears of mail-in ballots being delivered late
    DeJoy said he and USPS are “committed to delivering the nation’s election mail securely and on time.” (Fox News) https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-postmaster-general-hearing
    “Postal Service “fully capable” of delivering election mail on time, postmaster general says” (CBS News) https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/postmaster-general-louis-dejoy-testifies-senate-panel-elections/
    “Officials in multiple states caught off guard by USPS ban on witnessing absentee ballots” (CNN) https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/21/politics/postal-workers-absentee-ballot-witnesses/index.html
    “Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s vow to suspend operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is not expected to affect the ongoing mail slowdown, according to lawmakers and union leaders.
    Postal workers were told one day after the announcement that “nothing” would change, Kimberly Karol, the president of the Iowa Postal Workers Union, told Salon.
    DeJoy has “no intention” of returning mail sorting machines or rolling back other operational changes at the USPS in spite of his pause on further changes ahead of Election Day, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday.” (Salon) https://www.salon.com/2020/08/20/workers-told-nothing-will-change-despite-louis-dejoys-vow-to-stop-removing-machines-union-leader/

  3. Dr. Evil says:

    U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a video hearing before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on the U.S. Postal Service during COVID-19 and the upcoming elections. (U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs via AP)

  4. Update says:

    “With his administration engulfed in controversy over cuts to the post office and slowdowns in mail delivery, President Donald Trump spent Saturday golfing and tweeting about baseless conspiracy theories as more than two dozen House Republicans defied him and joined Democrats to vote for a $25 billion infusion for the Postal Service.
    Though the legislation is not likely to get anywhere in the Republican-held Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s iron hand, the debacle involving one of America’s most beloved institutions has shown the limits of Trump’s strategy three months before voters decide whether to reelect him.
    …The bipartisan Board of Governors that oversees the post office proposed the $25 billion figure saying the money is needed for the post office to continue normal operations and maintain normal delivery speeds. Still, Trump inaccurately tweeted on Saturday evening that representatives of the post office “have repeatedly stated that they DO NOT NEED MONEY and will not make changes.”

      • Nihilist at work says:

        US officials charged with protecting the 2020 election said Wednesday they have “no information or intelligence” that foreign countries, including Russia, are attempting to undermine any part of the mail-in voting process, contradicting President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly pushed false claims that foreign adversaries are targeting mail ballots as part of a “rigged” presidential race.
        Specifically, a senior intelligence official discounted the possibility of foreign actors mass producing fake ballots to interfere in the November elections, again breaking with Trump who has continued to insist that mail-in voting poses a significant threat to election security. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/26/politics/election-security-officials-mail-in-voting-trump/index.html
        “When election disinformation comes from Trump, national security officials’ hands are tied” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/20/politics/trump-election-disinformation-natsec-agencies/index.html

          • Saboteur in Chief says:

            (Washington Post 8/27/20) “U.S. Postal Service customers across the country have been receiving a notification that often alarms and perplexes them: The message says packages they expected delivered to their home or business are being held at a post office “at the request of the customer.”
            But customers who are receiving these notifications never requested that their mail be held.
            The packages are delayed because of broad changes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has implemented to the nation’s mail delivery operations, including policies that slow down package delivery. When a mail carrier cannot deliver a package on the day it was scheduled because their shift is ending, postal workers say, the system sometimes generates a misleading “held at the request of the customer” message.
            Although the reality is that the mail carrier will deliver the package, sometimes the next day, customers say the message has prompted them to visit the post office to claim their items — even if they are concerned about venturing out because of the coronavirus pandemic — and has undermined their faith in mail delivery leading up to the 2020 election.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/08/27/usps-delayed-packages/

  5. 3Card Monte says:

    “The U.S. Postal Service has made millions of dollars in payments to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former company in recent weeks, The New York Times reported Wednesday.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/514973-records-show-postal-service-payments-to-dejoys-former-company
    “Postal Service police block Florida congresswoman from touring USPS plants : Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she notified the mail service of her plans, but the agency says she did not give enough notice.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/09/04/usps-dejoy-wasserman-schultz/

  6. Hey, Rube! says:

    “The House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy following reports that he reimbursed employees with bonuses for donating to GOP candidates, New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney told CNN in a statement Tuesday. https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/08/politics/house-oversight-investigation-dejoy-campaign-donations/index.html (see also https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/06/politics/dejoy-gop-fundraiser-contributions/index.html )
    The Washington Post reported Sunday that former employees of New Breed Logistics, a company previously run by DeJoy, say they were pressured to donate to the candidates and were then reimbursed through bonuses.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/louis-dejoy-campaign-contributions/2020/09/06/1187bc2c-e3fe-11ea-8181-606e603bb1c4_story.html
    “Louis DeJoy, New Postmaster General, Is Top GOP Donor (NPR) https://www.npr.org/2020/05/07/851976464/new-postmaster-general-is-top-gop-fundraiser

  7. Matthew 24:25 says:

    “The United States Postal Service was accused Friday of misleading American voters by sending a national mailer encouraging them to plan ahead before they vote by mail.
    Jena Griswold, the Colorado secretary of state, leveled the accusations against USPS in a tweet late Friday, arguing the mailer is “confusing” because laws and vote-by-mail procedures vary on the state level.” https://www.businessinsider.com/usps-voting-postcards-with-misinformation-2020-9

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