As a showman, Trump must know that messing with the post office isn’t going to make him popular. But as a crooked would-be dictator, he doesn’t care. All he has to do is suppress mail-in voting just enough among anti-Trump voters in swing states to eke out 270 electoral votes.
I rely on the post office. I need it in order to run my business. I’m finding ways to stay viable despite the slowdown, but I shouldn’t have to–especially during a pandemic, when many of us are relying more than ever on getting and making shipments for pretty much everything. Oh, and all the effort I’m putting into working around the USPS is effort taken from many other things–like improving my website, finding and learning to use new online tools, etc. Shitty postal service is making it much harder for me to stay viable. Fuck this.
All the Republican yammering about the lack of profitability of the USPS is pure BS. The USPS isn’t meant to be profitable. It’s meant to provide a service in the public interest, like the national parks or the FBI. And the USPS would demand a lot less federal money if they didn’t have the ludicrous requirement to fund retirement costs decades in advance–a requirement no other federal agency has.
Like almost everyone else in the US right now, I’m already exhausted. I’m like a duck–afloat and gliding gracefully on the surface, but with tons of frantic paddling underneath. This bullshit with the post office makes my paddling–and that of so many other people–an awful lot harder.
Fuck DeJoy. Fuck the USPS board of governors. Fuck Trump, whose lackeys the board and DeJoy are. And fuck every single senator and representative who voted for the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006, which helped pave the way for Trump and Co. to undermine the USPS–and maybe close it down entirely, if they can manage it. Fuck them. Fuck them all.