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Posted 07 May 2020 - 01:06 PM

Republicans have been out to destroy the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years. Let's do a little history lesson before noting contemporary attacks.

Back in 1987 Reagan and his merry band of destructionists put a target on the backs of multiple government agencies (bold mine).

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Against a Democratic Congress Reagan only succeeded in privatizing Conrail, the northeastern freight railroad taken over by the federal government from the bankrupt Penn-Central. Undeterred, in 1987, he created the President's Commission on Privatization. The commission developed a comprehensive road map of federal functions to privatize, including low-income housing, federal loan programs, air traffic control (still debated today), education vouchers, the Postal Service, prisons, Amtrak, Medicare, and urban mass transit. But the commission’s recommendations were again thwarted by the Democratic congress.


In 2006 George W. Bush and a lame duck Republican Congress launched the most devastating attack, one that is still hamstringing the USPS today.

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So why is the USPS struggling financially?

A lot of people point to the rise of email, as well as private competitors like FedEx. Certainly, all those things contribute to USPS's problems. But what's really dragging down the Postal Service is something else entirely.

Namely, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006.

Passed by a Republican-led Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush, the PAEA gave the Postal Service new accounting and funding rules for its retiree pension and health benefits. Up until 2006, the USPS funded those obligations on a pay-as-you-go-basis, pulling out of its pension fund and adding to it as retirees' costs came in. But the PAEA required the Postal Service to calculate all of its likely pension costs over the next 75 years, and then sock away enough money between 2007 and 2016 to cover most of them.

This is one of those ideas that sounds responsible on the surface but is actually pretty nuts.

Consider your average 30-year mortgage. What if you had to set aside a few hundred thousand dollars right now, enough to pay the whole thing, even if you were still going to make payments over 30 years? No one would ever take out a mortgage. That's the whole point: the costs only come in over time, and the income you use to pay them comes in over time as well. It works exactly the same for retiree pensions and benefit funds. Which is why, as economist Dean Baker pointed out to Congress, pretty much no one else does what the PAEA demanded of the Postal Service.

Meeting Congress' arbitrary mandate required putting away an extra $5.6 billion per year. "It is equivalent to imposing a tax of 8 percent on the Postal Service's revenue," Baker said. "There are few businesses that would be able to survive if they were suddenly required to pay an 8 percent tax from which their competitors were exempted."

Eventually, the burden became too great, and the USPS began defaulting on the PAEA payments in 2012. But the damage was done. The Postal Service lost $62.4 billion between 2007 and 2016, and its own Inspector General attributed $54.8 billion of that to prefunding retiree benefits. Without the PAEA, the Postal Service wouldn't be doing stellar. (Though you could plausibly blame many of its remaining struggles on the Great Recession.) But it probably would've spent at least part of the last decade making comfortable profits.

"The Postal Service's $15 billion debt is a direct result of the mandate," the Inspector General wrote in 2015. "This requirement has deprived the Postal Service of the opportunity to invest in capital projects and research and development."

In fact, it gets worse. The PAEA also required the Postal Service to invest its retiree funds exclusively in government bonds. Once again, this is a rather unusual practice. While it mitigates risk, it's also a great way to earn really low returns. Then the USPS has to set aside even more money to achieve the same benefit level. Baker calculated that just getting rid of this requirement could make the Postal Service profitable again.

Now, in a sane world, the USPS would be treated as a universal public good: Everyone would understand that it provides the bedrock delivery service to poorer and farflung areas that private carriers won't bother with because doing so isn't profitable. Instead, the Postal Service is expected to compete with the private market, and fund all of its costs out of its own revenue, without subsidies from the rest of government.

That's bad enough. But it's downright perverse to add extra handicaps that a private competitor like FedEx would never impose on itself.


Of course because the postal workers union is quite large that makes the USPS a perfect target for forced borderline bankruptcy. In 2012, lead by all around corrupt scumbag Darryl Issa, Republicans pushed to effectively take over the USPS's authority over workers' contracts.

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Issa and other Republicans have been insisting for years that to stay solvent, USPS needs to make big cuts. In 2010, Issa told the postmaster general at a congressional hearing that the Postal Service has “more or less a third more people than you need. He warned in an Op-Ed that “Allowing USPS to postpone billions in obligations just makes a bailout easier.” In a December Op-Ed, Issa compared continuing Saturday mail service to “asking us to revive the Pony Express.”

Instead, Issa proposes creating a new board that, in the event of default on pre-funding or any other Postal Service obligation, would be empowered to override union contracts and managerial decisions for years.


I'm sure there have been other attacks I'm not aware of but that brings us up to date on the long-term Republican goal of gutting and privatizing the USPS.
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Posted 07 May 2020 - 01:10 PM

Now we have Trump assigning one of his "best people" to run the USPS ... into the ground. He's angling for a twofer, both the general destruction of the USPS union and a direct assault on his hated enemy Jeff Bezos.

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President Donald Trump has chosen Louis DeJoy, a GOP fundraiser who has also donated to Trump’s campaign, to be the new United States postmaster general at the United State Postal Service (USPS), an independent agency Trump has repeatedly attacked.

“Postal workers are the heart and soul of this institution, and I will be honored to work alongside them and their unions,” DeJoy said in a statement to the Washington Post.

USPS Board of Governors chair Robert Duncan, another Trump appointee, told the Post that DeJoy “understands the critical public service role of the United States Postal Service, and the urgent need to strengthen it for future generations.”

The new USPS leader has donated millions to Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee, and he is also the finance chairman for the GOP’s 2020 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Trump has been railing against the USPS over the past several weeks, calling it a “joke” and refusing to allow the agency to receive emergency COVID-19 funds as it hemorrhages cash amid the outbreak.

The President has demanded the USPS increase its prices on packages, particularly as it relates to Amazon, which belongs to Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. Trump is reportedly aiming at Amazon with his demand out of anger toward the Post’s coverage.

The Postal Service is also responsible for mail-in voting, which Trump has vehemently opposed even during the COVID-19 outbreak because it “doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”


It's classic Republican "governance." Drive something into the dirt, pronounce it a failure (while taking zero responsibility of course), and sell it off at bargain prices to your donors and cronies. Interestingly this sounds sooooo much like what happened when Russia's communist government fell.
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Posted 07 May 2020 - 01:32 PM

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The President has demanded the USPS increase its prices on packages, particularly as it relates to Amazon, which belongs to Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. Trump is reportedly aiming at Amazon with his demand out of anger toward the Post’s coverage.

Bezos will survive. He has more than enough money for several life-times. The people who will suffer are the millions who buy through Amazon and will have to shoulder any increase in shipping rates. And Amazon rightfully will blame the president. Lose-Lose.

My biggest concern is the coming election, and serious damage that might be done to voting by mail. If getting rid of Trump means standing in long lines, in person, in a pandemic, people simply must do it.
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Posted 13 May 2020 - 04:14 PM

Another attack on the independence of the USPS. Republicans have been clawing at it for decades in an effort to kill it. They then of course say it can't be trusted to handle mail-in ballots. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman has reportedly been forced out of his position, throwing the leadership of the U.S. Postal Service into further chaos as the agency faces a potentially catastrophic financial crisis and efforts by Trump administration officials to impose draconian changes on the nation’s most popular government institution.

The American Prospect‘s David Dayen reported Tuesday that Stroman resigned from his post earlier this week. “Sources indicate that Stroman was forced out,” Dayen tweeted.

Reports of Stroman’s ouster came less than a week after the USPS Board of Governors announced its selection of Louis DeJoy—a leading donor to the Republican Party and President Donald Trump—to serve as postmaster general as the agency continues to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, which has resulted in a precipitous decline in mail volume. Current USPS chief Megan Brennan, who is retiring effective June 15, has warned Congress that the agency could face financial ruin by the end of September without a rapid infusion of emergency funds.

DeJoy will choose the next deputy postmaster general.

Days before the USPS Board of Governors publicly announced its decision to appoint DeJoy, news broke that David Williams, the vice chair of the board, resigned effective April 30. Dayen, who has been reporting on the Postal Service for years, wrote last week that Williams’ resignation is “distressing” because “nobody is more knowledgeable about the inner workings of the Postal Service than David Williams.”

“He was the longtime Inspector General who wrote the famous (to me, anyway) white paper in 2014 arguing for the return of postal banking,” Dayen wrote. “Worst of all, my sources indicate that this was a resignation in protest.”

Williams was reportedly upset at the Trump Treasury Department’s efforts to use a congressionally approved $10 billion loan to force significant changes to USPS operations. According to the Washington Post, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin “could use the loan as leverage to give the administration influence over how much the agency charges for delivering packages and how it manages its finances.”

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 05:33 PM

Trump's pick to head up destroy the USPS is wasting no time in trying to kill it. I really hope the Dems gain control next year and undo these attacks, especially the bogus pension requirement meant to kill it.

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“The deliberate delaying of Americans’ mail delivery would be a stunning act of sabotage against our Postal Service.”

Postal workers and their allies in Congress are vowing to fight back after the new head of the U.S. Postal Service—a major donor to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party—moved this week to impose sweeping changes to the popular government agency as it faces a financial crisis manufactured by lawmakers and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy, who took charge last month, issued memos announcing “major operational changes” to the USPS “that could slow down mail delivery, warning employees the agency would not survive unless it made ‘difficult’ changes to cut costs.”
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“With our states now reliant on mail voting to continue elections during the pandemic, the destabilizing of the post office is a direct attack on American democracy itself.”
—Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

“Analysts say the documents present a stark reimagining of the USPS that could chase away customers—especially if the White House gets the steep package rate increases it wants—and put the already beleaguered agency in deeper financial peril as private-sector competitors embark on hiring sprees to build out their own delivery networks,” the Post noted.

According to the internal USPS memos (pdf) obtained by the Post, “DeJoy told employees to leave mail behind at distribution centers if it delayed letter carriers from their routes,” a change critics said could threaten access to absentee ballots at a time when vote-by-mail is more important than ever.

“If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day,” reads a document titled, “New PMG’s expectations and plan.”

“The deliberate delaying of Americans’ mail delivery would be a stunning act of sabotage against our Postal Service,” Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) said in a statement. “If these reports are accurate, Trump and his cronies are openly seeking to destroy the Post Office during the worst public health crisis in a century.”

“With our states now reliant on mail voting to continue elections during the pandemic, the destabilizing of the post office is a direct attack on American democracy itself,” Pascrell added. “It has been 59 days since the House passed $25 billion to keep USPS alive. The Senate must pass it now. Democracy hangs in the balance.”

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 11:29 AM

It looks like the Republican trashing of the USPS could cause serious problems with mail-in ballots at a time when mail-in ballots have become more important than ever to safe, universal voting. Yeah, like THAT's not intentional.

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Election officials who were already facing major challenges in making voting accessible operations during the pandemic were thrown a new curveball this week.

Mail service could be slowed down in coming months, as part of a campaign to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service launched by new agency leadership appointed by President Trump.

The proposed operational changes were first reported by the Washington Post this week, based on internal documents, some of which TPM has also obtained. In a statement to TPM, the U.S. Postal Service said that the “overall plan” had not been “finalized,” while stressing that the agency is “committed to delivering Election Mail in a timely manner.”

But major questions remain about how the newly-reported changes could affect the ability of absentee voters to get their ballots in on time to be counted. Several other aspects of the election process also rely on the mail, and there is now a scramble, in light of the recent USPS news, to understand what steps election officials need to take to keep things running smoothly.

In interviews with TPM, election officials, vote-by-mail experts, and mail vendors outlined ways the proposed changes negatively impact the vote-by-mail process, which is being adopted in record numbers across the country amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

They provided several scenarios in which the refusal to let USPS employees work overtime — the main driver of the changes being described — could lead to voters being disenfranchised.

“It’s really a concern. The Trump administration is looking at the Post Office as a business. It’s not a business, it’s a critical public service,” Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos told TPM.

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 01:48 PM

Trump's choice to destroy the USPS is continuing his successful attack.

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Mail piling up. Constant attacks from the president. Cuts to overtime as record numbers of ballots are expected to pass through post offices this fall.

The success of the 2020 presidential election could hinge on a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service. Current signs are not promising.

The Postal Service already was facing questions over how it would handle the expected spike of mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic, but several operational changes imposed by its new leader have led to mail backlogs across the United States as rumors of additional cutbacks swirl, fueling worries about the November vote.

“It seems like they’re just trying to turn customers away from the post office,” said Jim Sizemore, president of the American Postal Workers Union chapter in the Cincinnati region. He said his offices are behind on deliveries because of new rules specifying when mail can go out.


And as always follow the money. DeJoy and his wife have huge conflicts of interest. No wonder they want to break the USPS and get more people to turn to private alternatives. Conflict of interest seems to be a requirement for working in the Trump administration.

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DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, the ambassador-nominee to Canada, have between $30.1 million and $75.3 million in assets in USPS competitors or contractors, according to Wos’s financial disclosure paperwork filed with the Office of Government Ethics. Postal Service mail processing contractor XPO Logistics — which acquired DeJoy’s company New Breed Logistics in 2014 — represents the vast majority of those holdings. Their combined stake in competitors UPS and trucking company J.B. Hunt is roughly $265,000.

Postal Service spokeswoman Kim Frum wrote in an email, before Schumer’s letter was sent, that the postmaster general is required to divest only from assets that present a conflict of interest so central to the agency’s operations that the postmaster general cannot recuse himself.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 04:09 PM

The real problem with Dejoy and the Post Office is that there's no way to stop him. He answers only to the Postal Board which is 5-4 Republican. They aren't likely to help. Like McConnell, if he can handle the criticism, he can do what he wants and is likely to.

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 04:19 PM

 JackD, on 11 August 2020 - 04:09 PM, said:

The real problem with Dejoy and the Post Office is that there's no way to stop him. He answers only to the Postal Board which is 5-4 Republican. They aren't likely to help. Like McConnell, if he can handle the criticism, he can do what he wants and is likely to.

There are no limits on Republicans by Republicans anymore. Steven King was the last small gasp when they took away his committee memberships after he asked when white supremacy became a bad thing.
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Posted 11 August 2020 - 05:29 PM

The assault on the USPS is the greatest danger to the coming election, IMO.

https://www.nytimes....ection-day.html


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How to Foil Trump’s Election Night Strategy

To keep the president from claiming victory on Nov. 3, Biden supporters who can vote in person may well have to.

There’s no mystery about what President Trump intends to do if he holds a lead on election night in November. He’s practically broadcasting it.


First, he’ll claim victory. Then, having spent most of the year denouncing vote-by-mail as corrupt, fraudulent and prone to abuse, he’ll demand that authorities stop counting mail-in and absentee ballots. He’ll have teams of lawyers challenging counts and ballots across the country.

He also seems to be counting on having the advantage of mail slowdowns, engineered by the recently installed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Fewer pickups and deliveries could mean more late-arriving ballots and a better shot at dismissing votes before they’re even opened, especially if the campaign has successfully sued to block states from extending deadlines. We might even see a Brooks Brothers riot or two, where well-heeled Republican operatives stage angry and voluble protests against ballot counts and recounts.

If Trump is leading on election night, in other words, there’s a good chance he’ll try to disrupt and delegitimize the counting process. That way, if Joe Biden pulls ahead in the days (or weeks) after voting ends — if we experience a “blue shift” like the one in 2018, in which the Democratic majority in the House grew as votes came in — the president will have given himself grounds to reject the outcome as “fake news.”



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Posted 11 August 2020 - 06:57 PM

You can go to the polls to vote if poll workers can be found to operate them. Wisconsin had a problem with that recently.

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 07:03 PM

 JackD, on 11 August 2020 - 06:57 PM, said:

You can go to the polls to vote if poll workers can be found to operate them. Wisconsin had a problem with that recently.

Hopefully by November there will be enough volunteers who already have had COVID and who will be willing to work.

I've seen reference to 'broken glass Democrats'. As in, dems who would be willing to crawl over broken glass to vote in the coming election.
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Posted 12 August 2020 - 11:53 AM

 Rue Bella, on 11 August 2020 - 05:29 PM, said:

The assault on the USPS is the greatest danger to the coming election, IMO.

https://www.nytimes....ection-day.html


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As someone on Twitter said - if you can go to Walmart or Target, you can go to the polls to vote.

I am figuring on doing that. We will be fine in our upscale suburban community. Case positivity since end of June in our zip code is below 6%. I have the defensive N95 mask (with the valve- which is about the same as typical cotton masks in terms of preventing me spreading.) So I am prepared.

That said, Dems need to get willing poll workers lined up in their strongholds pronto. Most of our generation will not be available.
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Posted 12 August 2020 - 12:42 PM

 Traveler, on 12 August 2020 - 11:53 AM, said:

I am figuring on doing that. We will be fine in our upscale suburban community. Case positivity since end of June in our zip code is below 6%. I have the defensive N95 mask (with the valve- which is about the same as typical cotton masks in terms of preventing me spreading.) So I am prepared.

That said, Dems need to get willing poll workers lined up in their strongholds pronto. Most of our generation will not be available.

Here's another of the elections institution's weakness that the pandemic exposed. To have elections rely on the cheap labor of retired individuals was cheap but really not the optimum way to run elections.

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 03:07 PM

I'm less overjoyed than I was to think that Biden and Harris are going to win the election. No disrespect whatsoever of them — and, yes, they'll get to run the country, but what will be left of the "country" they'll be running?

For me it's getting less and less of a worry that the pussy grabber is destroying your basic infrastructure; it's more that there is a staggeringly large minority who don't give a tuppenny goddam that he is.

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 03:17 PM

So we had a run-off special election yesterday for a city commissioner spot. I didn't mail mine by Thursday (our last approved postal day), so I walked to my local library, around 7:30 pm, with an 8 pm cutoff. Dropped it in the book slot marked for ballot drop-off. There were plenty of others doing the same.

Democrats have to work around these GOP crime bosses and get people signed up to help directly deliver ballots to DROP BOXES at polling stations, even if they have to become official poll workers.
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Posted 13 August 2020 - 05:02 PM

House Dems are pushing a bill to unwind DeJoy's destruction of the USPS. Moscow Mitch will, of course, use it to wipe his pasty ass but it's a good way to keep their attacks in the news. As more people have trouble with deliveries of packages and medicines they'll hear who is to blame with a service that was working just fine up until now.

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Declaring that Congress must act swiftly to “stop the Trump administration’s deliberate sabotage” of the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November elections, House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would reverse Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s disruptive new policies and prevent additional changes at the agency until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sponsored by House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the Delivering for America Act (pdf) would bar USPS leadership from implementing or approving “any change to the operations or the level of service provided by the Postal Service from those in effect on January 1, 2020, that would impede prompt reliable, and efficient services.”

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 08:04 PM

 pnwguy, on 12 August 2020 - 03:17 PM, said:

So we had a run-off special election yesterday for a city commissioner spot. I didn't mail mine by Thursday (our last approved postal day), so I walked to my local library, around 7:30 pm, with an 8 pm cutoff. Dropped it in the book slot marked for ballot drop-off. There were plenty of others doing the same.


In some states, I think Ohio, there has been a move to seriously limit drop boxes. Probably more as we get closer to Nov 3.
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Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:45 PM

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Even if Congress passes laws and appropriates money for the US Postal Service with veto proof majorities, Trump can delay the implementation, slow down the administrative steps needed to release the money, like he did for Ukraine aid or Russia sanctions. He doesn't have to delay indefinitely. Just a few weeks to a month would be sufficient. USPS would not be able to implement the requisite changes in the remaining time.

USPS is de-installing sorting machines forcing mail to be sorted by hand. We are headed for an absolute disaster.





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