Louis DeJoy is Still Trying to Destroy the Post Office
Hey, remember Louis DeJoy? The Trump suck up, I mean donor, who was appointed postmaster general by the Postal Board of Governors dominated by ass kissers, I mean Republicans, who did whatever Trump told them to do?
Yeah, him. The one that Trump wanted in that position to break the post office so that all of those pesky mail in ballots wouldn’t get delivered thus guaranteeing a Trump victory in 2020.
Okay, okay, before you get all shocked and appalled, one of the methods that Trump used to cause (he hoped) the Deep State to shrivel up and disappear was by appointing people to head up agencies who were opposed to the functions of those agencies.
So appointing DeJoy, I mean influencing the decision to appoint DeJoy, to head up the post office so that he could break it is not so shocking. In the Trump White House, heinous actions like that were a feature, not a bug.
So, anyways, DeJoy went all in to make sure that the Post Office would stop functioning. He got rid of sorting machines. If the mail isn’t sorted, it can’t be delivered. He insisted that mail trucks run on time. If the mail wasn’t sorted and loaded on time, too bad. That truck had to go out on its route, even if it was empty. He cut overtime for postal employees. When the end of their shift rolled around, employees had to stop working, whether they had finished processing the mail or not.
It worked like a charm.
I’m sure that Trump was pleased.
And will we ever forget election time and all of the fights over whether or not to count mail in ballots that were postmarked by election day but delivered after election day? Or how about the fights over what was the cutoff to count mail in ballots postmarked by election day but delivered after election day? 1 day after? 2 days after?
Then Trump refused to accept the outcome of the election. He even attempted a coup by unleashing a bloodthirsty mob on the Congress. We all kinda forgot about DeJoy and his war on the Post Office.
But DeJoy hasn’t forgotten us. He is still valiantly fighting to destroy an institution that has been a part of American life since 1775. His new plan to cut the postal budget deficit includes rate hikes and elimination of first class mail.
Before I start ranting about this new slash and burn policy, let’s pause for a moment and review a little history.
The Post Office was established by the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7). It is part of the Executive Branch. It is governed by an 11 member Board of Directors, 9 of whom are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Those nine members are the ones who appoint the postmaster general, who is the tenth member of the Board. Those ten board members appoint a deputy postmaster general who functions as the chief operating officer and is the 11th member of the board.
This is important because there are currently four open seats on the board. Many are urging Biden to fill those seats expeditiously because the board has the power to replace the postmaster general, in this case DeJoy.
Still with me? Good, because there is more, specifically the reason for the gaping hole in the USPS budget that DeJoy is using as his justification to gut the operations of the post office.
The Republicans have been hellbent on privatizing the post office since the 1990s. No news there. They want to privatize all government functions. Their efforts to privatize the post office have been unsuccessful so far due to that annoying Constitution.
So they decided that they would drive it out of business by busting its budget. In 2006 Republicans controlled the House, the Senate and the Presidency. They used their majority to pass the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act which requires the postal service to pre-fund ten years of its future retirement obligations to its employees. Bear in mind that no private businesses are legally required to do this. Just the Post Office.
It is this requirement that is breaking the budget of the post office. Not employee overtime. Not an excess of sorting machines. Not delayed mail routes.
Here’s the kicker. While the postal service is struggling to find the cash to fund the future retirement of its current employees, the turnover rate of those same employees is 38.5%. So they are being asked to fund the retirement of employees who may never claim those pensions.
Back to DeJoy, and his latest attack on our struggling postal system. His latest proposal to balance the USPS budget is to raise postage rates and eliminate first class mail.
Let’s address the increase in postage rates first. I assume that Mr. DeJoy is aware that there is a pandemic going on and many businesses are on life support. Yup, sounds like the perfect time to increase the cost of doing business, wouldn’t you agree?
And how about the people who are out of work but still need to mail checks to their landlords, mortgage companies, utilities, cable companies? Definitely a good time to make stamps more expensive.
Now for the real head scratcher, the elimination of first class mail. First class mail would instead be lumped in with other mail. So instead of taking two days to arrive, it would take 3–5 days. Add in the current 7 day delay in deliveries and we are looking at close to two weeks to receive mail.
Please raise your hand if you receive prescriptions by mail. There’s a lot of you. Here’s what I don’t understand. A lot of people, especially seniors, get their prescriptions by mail. Delaying receipt of those prescriptions can, in some cases, be life threatening.
Isn’t the Republican Party base composed of mainly older Americans? Kind of a shrinking population if you ask me. Why would a Republican want to shrink it even faster by delaying their medication and possibly killing them?
An even better question: why would the Republicans want to piss off AARP? AARP takes any issues that affect seniors very seriously. They have a ton of money for lobbying and campaign contributions and members who are retired and have nothing better to do all day than write letters, make phone calls and VOTE.
So I’m a little confused about this.
You know who DeJoy reminds me of? Those Japanese soldiers who lived in the jungles for years and continued fighting WWII because they didn’t know that it was over.
There’s been an election, a new president sworn in and an impeachment trial. It’s over DeJoy. Stop fighting. No one is going to approve your new “strategic plan.”
The House Oversight Committee has scheduled a meeting on February 24 to discuss with DeJoy and the board how to put the postal service on a better financial footing.
Maybe after that meeting, DeJoy will finally lay down his arms and come out of the jungle.