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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent: President Trump is trying to kill the U.S. Postal Service -- or at least make it submit to his will. Among the many perversities here is that this move could harm people in rural areas the most -- many of whom supported him for president. Whether you live in Manhattan or in a remote stretch of North Dakota, the Postal Service will deliver your mail -- not for the $25 or $30 UPS or FedEx will charge for a letter, but for 55 cents.

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Package delivery is the only significant aspect of Postal Service business that's increasing as mail volume in general drops. In 2019 it had $22.8 billion in revenue from packages, nearly a third of what it brings in. While Amazon, like other bulk mailers, gets a discount on package delivery, Trump's claim that the Postal Service loses money on that arrangement is false.

(T)he Postal Service is structured precisely so that it can do things like treat people in rural areas (where mail is more expensive to deliver) equally to people who are closer to metropolitan areas and/or who benefit from more options such as UPS or FedEx.

Evan Kalish, who is one of the most renowned post office bloggers (yes, there is such a thing) in the country... told us higher prices on packages would hurt people more in rural areas, because they rely more on the Postal Service for essential package deliveries, such as medicines.

"Particularly, people in rural areas need the Postal Service to deliver supplies. The Postal Service treats everybody equally," Kalish told us, adding that Trump's proposed changes would "hurt people in rural areas," which is "exactly antithetical to the promise that rural Americans matter as much as Blue Staters."

Of course Trump wants Treasury to take over the USPS and have more power to break the postal workers unions, but at heart Trump wants to harm Bezos and the USPS is his best chance of doing so. I hope the Democrats stay firm in refusing to concede any meaningful ground on this issue because the GOP reps of rural states are not going to go along with Trump's insanity as has been proven before when the establishment GOP went after the service.

But on top of everything else, Trump couldn't score more own goals if he were Ronaldo in a blindfold. Biden should stay in his basement, say sensible things during interviews and webcasts while letting Trump immolate himself in front of his is own base that don't want to see their mail and Amazon shipping pricing go thru the roof because of Trump's own hatred of his chief business better.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-24 07:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

His base, who probably depend on the Post Office more than anyone, will cheer the demise of the Post Office, then blame "liberals" when the cost to mail their money orders to their landlords, utilities, and Aaron Rents, goes up to $5.

#2 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-04-25 10:20 AM | Reply

Whether acting as president or as a private citizen, Trump has two criteria when making an important decision:
1) does this benefit me personally?
2) does this give me an opportunity to humiliate someone who doesn't show fealty?

Trump doesn't even try to hide his hatred of Jeff Bezos. And as the story points out, he has also bashed voting by mail (even though he does it himself). He and other Republican opponents of voting by mail know that making it easier to vote hurts their chances. The fraud excuse is just a cover for their attempts at suppression. So the motives are on full display.

And yet the public in general supports the postal service because of its equitable treatment and affordable prices. The public also supports voting by mail. It's simply easier - and this year, safer.

It'll be interesting to see how many Republican members of Congress support this latest show of vindictiveness.

#3 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-25 02:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#3 ... Trump doesn't even try to hide his hatred of Jeff Bezos. ...

Pres Trump has come face-to-face with an enemy he cannot beat or control - the COVID-19 pandemic.

So he has started to pick on enemies he thinks he can beat - Mr Bezos, the World Health Organization, state Governors who follow his lockdown rules, etc.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-25 02:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 - I hadn't thought of it in exactly those terms, but I'm sure you're right.

#5 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-25 02:52 PM | Reply

LAMP

Trump is way past winning in November. But he'll damn sure try to burn the house down on his way out.

I'm hoping Congress will throw him to the ground and sit on him before that happens.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-25 02:58 PM | Reply

@#6 ... I'm hoping Congress ...

I know I've said this before (far too many times!) but how much worse does Pres Trump have to get before the Republicans in Congress grow a spine and start protecting the People of the United States from Pres Trump?

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-25 03:09 PM | Reply

#7...

His comments about light and disinfectant were so weird that they have to be nervous. Poll numbers are getting worse. At some point they'll decide he's a liability. Maybe.

#8 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-25 04:57 PM | Reply

@#5 ... but I'm sure you're right. ...

I don't know if I'd go quite that far. :)

It's an opinion, my view of things as they stand now.

There is much that can change as time moves forward.

I've been wrong in the past, and I am sure I'll be wrong in the future.

Such things are quite reliable. :)

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-25 06:41 PM | Reply

LAMP

"but how much worse does Pres Trump have to get before the Republicans in Congress grow a spine and start protecting the People of the United States from Pres Trump?"

When Trump becomes a greater liability to them than he is to the country. (like Nixon)

They've already reached a consensus (according to the New York Times ) that Trump has to "change directions" and he needs to do it NOW. That tells us that the GOPers are reading the polls and getting nervous.

BTW, not to change the subject but whatever happened to the Big Beautiful Wall Trump was so hot for? I didn't see anything in the stimulus packages for it.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-26 10:26 AM | Reply

Just a thought . . .

Maybe if the Post Office agreed to put Trump's picture on the postage . . . and paid him a piece of the action.

That would show Jeff Bezos who's the boss.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-27 07:41 AM | Reply

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