Postmaster General Louis DeJoy answered the leading question by Republican Congressman Paul Gosar in a manner that flattened his accusation against Democrats.
Postmaster General embarrassed Congressman
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is at Congress testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, amid rising concerns about delays in mail delivery ahead of the November election.
Democratic Congresspersons are grilling DeJoy. Republicans are attempting to use the hearing to promote fallacies about protests and anarchy delaying the mail and many other conspiracy theories our readers are well aware of.
It is clear Louis DeJoy’s reform of the Postal Service is not in the best interest of Americans. It is likely a double attack. In the near term, this causes enough disruption to make mail-in-vote sufficiently chaotic to give a flailing president a chance in the 2020 election. In the long term, he likely wants to privatize the Postal Service under the false pretense that it is more efficient.
To be clear, the private sector only delivers to areas where they can make money. The Postal Service delivers to every address. In fact, private companies use them to deliver mail they cannot profitably deliver. So, why would we want to privatize it at all? And is that even constitutional?
Anyway, Congressman Gosar asked the Postmaster General to dispel the “Democratic Lie” that they need more money. The congressman said that that the Postal Service had enough money from PPP and in hand to last through 2021. His response was epic.
“I would say that only in Washington DC would that be a good position to be in,” the Postmaster General said. “When I have a hundred and thirty-five billion dollars in liability, a two billion dollar biweekly payroll, and a bunch of others. But yes, we can get through the election, and with the loan should we take it — I don’t know how we would pay it back — but should we take it we should be fine through mid 21.”
When even your Trump appointed Postmaster General, seemingly intent on destroying the postal service as we know it, cannot jump on a narrative that is so fiction-based, you’ve got a problem.
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Elizabeth Herbert says
You need to look into the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act passed in 2006 which hamstrings the USPS by requiring them to put aside the next 50-75 years worth of health and retirement benefits. THIS is why the USPS is in debt approx. $160.9 billion. THIS accounts for nearly 90% of their red ink. Without this onerous requirement placed on NO OTHER federal government agency the USPS would have shown a profit for the last 6 years. This is part of a plan by libertarians and other far right folks such as the Kochs to justify ultimate privatization of the USPS on the basis that it isn’t cost effective. The current crisis around slowing down the mail in advance of the election is bad enough, but people should be shouting this other
issue from the rooftops as well b/c what we are seeing now is just a continuation of the same dastardly plot.