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Trump is running USPS in to the ground.
« on: July 16, 2020, 08:56:49 PM »

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Trump is doing his best to destroy the post office at one of the greatest times of need. People need USPS now more than ever but Trump is intent on killing it. I can only hope he is voted out before there is nothing left. I personally am suffering business losses by not receiving packages, particularly overseas packages. The USPS is the best postal service in the world but Trump hates it.

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The United States Postal Service has long been the most popular government agency. The last Gallup poll on the question found 74 percent of Americans rated it as excellent or good — as compared to 60 percent for NASA or 50 percent for the IRS. Despite years of cash trouble (mainly the fault of Congress), most people like their good old mail carrier. Indeed, as I have written, this country could not function without the USPS.

So it should come as no surprise that President Trump is taking the agency apart. Jacob Bogage reports at The Washington Post that the USPS is facing huge problems under Louis DeJoy, a big Trump donor who was recently appointed postmaster general. DeJoy supposedly wants it to run more like a business, and has implemented structural changes that have fouled up deliveries. It's yet another example of how Trump's authoritarian rot is dissolving the American state — and raising the possibility of interference with the 2020 election.

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NICE!

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2020, 09:08:15 PM »

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Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell of New Jersey was one vocal opponent against the new agency changes.


“Trump and his cronies are openly seeking to destroy the post office during the worst public health crisis in a century,’’ Mr Pascrell said

He added it was a “a direct attack on American democracy itself” to impact the delivery service prior to the election, while also potentially impacting 600,000 jobs for employees during the pandemic.


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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2020, 11:50:06 AM »

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If we can prop up  private business we can save the post office. If Trump wants to save symbols of AMERICA than he should start with one older than the country itself. The post office was founded in 1775 with Benjamin Franklin appointed first Postmaster General by the Continental Congress. Maybe Trump can tell people that and say that a lot of people didn't know.

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Despite a financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic, the Postal Service faces a tremendous workload.

USPS has seen mail volume drop 25-to-30% during the pandemic, but about a 60% higher increase in package volume, leading senior agency officials to walk back more dire predictions of when the agency will run out of cash.

While the Postal Service faces an uphill battle to stay solvent, its workforce of more than 600,000 employees has encountered a slew of challenges to keep up with the demand to deliver a volume of packages that sometimes rivals what they handle during the agency’s peak holiday period.

The National Rural Letter Carriers Association, for instance, filed a national-level grievance last month essentially asking the Postal Service to consider the pandemic a “peak season” that would allow rural carriers to receive overtime pay.

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Trump is running the USPS into the ground.

Tangent to your thread.

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2020, 03:09:12 PM »

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Trump is running the USPS into the ground.

Tangent to your thread.

Good save.  ;D

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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2020, 03:16:10 PM »

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Trump is also still gunning for Social Secuity:

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Strain wrote in March — the last time Trump was tub-thumping for a payroll tax cut — that the best way to deliver financial relief was by "sending checks to low-income households in areas with a severe coronavirus outbreak, or who are otherwise economically vulnerable to the virus."

The worst downside to a payroll tax cut is its potential to undermine Social Security. “By pushing to cut off the program’s funding stream, President Trump is taking the first step toward dismantling Social Security,” Max Richtman, CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, warned in May.

The program will receive nearly 90% of its $1.1 trillion in revenue this year from the payroll tax.

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The U.S. Postal Service's losses have soared even as it has become more critical to the U.S. economy as consumers, confined to their homes because of the coronavirus, shop online. A determination to avoid crowds will also mean that voting by mail will be more popular this November.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump appointee who took office in June, has detailed changes to the service that include eliminating overtime, even if it means that mail delivery is delayed.

"While these changes in a normal year would be drastic, in a presidential election year when many states are relying heavily on absentee mail-in ballots, increases in mail delivery timing would impair the ability of ballots to be received and counted in a timely manner — an unacceptable outcome for a free and fair election," wrote Representative Carolyn Maloney, chair of a government operations subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The letter was also signed by Representative Gerald Connolly, chair of a national security subcommittee, and Representatives Stephen Lynch and Brenda Lawrence.