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1US Postal Service Empty US Postal Service on 4/25/2020, 2:02 pm

Floridatexan

Floridatexan

I hope, like I have, that you signed petitions to save the Post Office, which runs out of funds in June. This is by design.

Trump to U.S. Postal Service: Drop Dead

The president made it clear that he would veto the coronavirus relief bill if it included any emergency funding for the agency

By PETER WADE

“We told them very clearly that the president was not going to sign the bill if [funding for the Postal Service] was in it,” an official from President Trump’s administration told the Washington Post when discussing the $2 trillion Coronavirus Relief Aid that passed weeks ago.

Trump made it clear that he would veto the bill if it included any emergency funding for the agency that is already on unsteady ground, a situation that has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. The Post’s source added, “I don’t know if we used the v-bomb, but the president was not going to sign it, and we told them that.”

According to the report, the president is using a false claim that higher internet shipping rates imposed on companies like Amazon, FedEx and UPS would increase the USPS’s budget and help its 600,000 plus workers.

But the director of physical infrastructure at the Government Accountability Office told the Post that rate hikes would likely lead to shipping businesses looking elsewhere or even creating their own delivery methods, thus offsetting USPS revenue gains created by a rate increase.

With the service itself projecting losses of $2 billion a month during the COVID-19 crisis, Congress was able to squeeze into the bill a last-second $10 billion loan from the Treasury Department to get the agency through the spring.

But the Post goes on to say that, although Congress did agree to a $13 billion direct grant that would not require repayment, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers their insistence on helping the agency could jeopardize the entire the relief bill, saying, “You can have a loan, or you can have nothing at all.”

Even with that loan, Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly said the Postal Service would have trouble staying afloat through September.

“I’m so frustrated at how difficult it has been for a long time to galvanize attention and action around an essential service,” Connolly told the Post. “And maybe the pandemic forces us all to refocus on this service and how essential it is and how we need to fix it while we can before it gets into critical condition.”

Trump’s disregard for the Post Office seems to connect to his disdain of Jeff Bezos, the CEO and president of the online retail company Amazon. Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which is part of what Trump falsely calls the “fake news media,” and accurately reports on all of the president’s incompetent and heartless policies. Trump has complained about what he says are the low rates the Post Office charges Amazon.

Whether Trump is correct or not about how the Post Office should deal financially with Amazon is beside the point right now. USPS workers are risking their lives during the coronavirus crisis, delivering essentials like prescriptions and food to people in need. And it delivers to remote areas across the country where private delivery services may not reach, making it a lifeline for many. According to the report, 500 postal workers have tested positive for COVID-19 and nineteen have died. If the country can afford the billions sent to the private sector in the relief aid package, saving a service that many Americans rely on seems like something that should be a no-brainer.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-postal-service-drop-dead-982458/?link_id=1&can_id=1b54be4c01232388704f6dbb31c47a1c&source=email-sign-and-send-the-petition-demand-congress-save-the-us-postal-service-2&email_referrer=email_786423___subject_1058534&email_subject=sign-and-send-the-petition-us-postal-service-is-in-the-constitution-it-has-to-be-saved

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With due respect to the author, Bezos isn't the only reason Trump wants the post office shut down.

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Here's some background, for anyone who doesn't remember:

https://hightowerlowdown.org/article/the-post-office-is-not-broke-and-it-hasnt-taken-any-of-our-tax-money-since-1971/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=7e60a4c0-e46b-478e-abf7-98509dfd02b8

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2US Postal Service Empty Re: US Postal Service on 4/25/2020, 7:46 pm

zsomething


I do a lot of mail business, both personally and as part of my job, and the United States Postal Service is SO much better than UPS or FedEx that it's ridiculous. Every time I have any postal trouble it's because of UPS carrying part of the post office's mail. USPS never lets me down, but I actually pass up ordering some stuff on Amazon that insists on UPS delivery, just because I don't like dealing with their rotten service. The UPS delivery people are okay, I have nothing against them, they're some good people, but the UPS itself is shit.

The reason Republicans push so hard for everything to be privatized is because of graft. Republicans are a bunch of corrupt pieces of shit who operate like the mob, and when something's run by the government, they have no reason to offer bribes and payoffs in exchange for favors. Republicans want UPS and FedEx to put the USPS out of business because UPS and FedEx are available for shakedowns and the USPS isn't. That's why Republicans have subjected the USPS to a business model that no other business in the country has to live up to.

This is the same reason they want to privatize prisons, hospitals, get rid of Social Security, etc. They fill their base's heads with shit about "the government is bad at everything" because they know their base are a bunch of bootlicking morons who'll believe whatever they're told and carry the water of the people who are pissing on 'em -- you can tell that by our resident coward troll's defense of 'em. That crook-necked pill-popping stumblebum oughtta-die bitch can't do enough to defend the people who make a useful idiot of 'im. But only a willful fool can't see through the Republican schemes.

3US Postal Service Empty Re: US Postal Service on 4/26/2020, 10:39 am

Floridatexan

Floridatexan
zsomething wrote:I do a lot of mail business, both personally and as part of my job, and the  United States Postal Service is SO much better than UPS or FedEx that it's ridiculous.  Every time I have any postal trouble it's because of UPS carrying part of the post office's mail.  USPS never lets me down, but I actually pass up ordering some stuff on Amazon that insists on UPS delivery, just because I don't like dealing with their rotten service.   The UPS delivery people are okay, I have nothing against them, they're some good people, but the UPS itself is shit.

The  reason Republicans push so hard for everything  to be privatized is because of graft.   Republicans are a bunch of corrupt pieces of shit who operate like the mob, and when something's run by the government, they have no reason to offer bribes and payoffs in exchange for favors.   Republicans want UPS and FedEx to put the USPS out of business because UPS and FedEx are available for shakedowns and the USPS isn't.   That's why Republicans have subjected the USPS to a business model that no other business in the country has to live up to.

This is the same reason they want to privatize prisons, hospitals, get rid of Social Security, etc.  They fill their base's heads with shit about "the government is bad at everything" because they know their base are a bunch of bootlicking morons who'll believe whatever they're told and carry the water of the people who are pissing on 'em -- you can tell that by our resident coward troll's defense of 'em.  That crook-necked pill-popping stumblebum oughtta-die bitch can't do enough to defend the people who make a useful idiot of 'im.  But only a willful fool can't see through the Republican schemes.

Yeah, FedEx delivered my husband's medication to my neighbor's house. I don't know why; it's normally delivered by the post office. What would happen to all these meds, both through the VA and Medicare Advantage plans? Beside the fact that the post office is constitutionally mandated? And I wonder how many of these R's realize they ARE the government they're constantly railing about...of course, they know it. The only people who don't seem to get it are obviously a brick short of a load.

4US Postal Service Empty Re: US Postal Service on 4/26/2020, 3:26 pm

Telstar

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5US Postal Service Empty Re: US Postal Service on 4/26/2020, 4:14 pm

Floridatexan

Floridatexan

One thing I forgot to mention here...buy stamps...lots of stamps...and encourage everyone you know to do the same.

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