Recently the has been a leftist battle cry that President Trump is working with the United States Post Master General to prevent people from voting through the mail.
What is this sudden interest in the post office which has been in decline for decades and where many people have not visited a location since the 90s? When was the last time you bought a book of stamps and went through it?
Between fiscal years 2007 and 2019, the USPS netted losses of roughly $78 billion, despite receiving approximately $18 billion each year from American taxpayers.
“USPS’s overall financial condition is deteriorating and unsustainable,” the GAO’s 2019 High-Risk update read. “USPS’s total unfunded liabilities and debt have grown to double its annual revenue.”
The volume of mail was dropping so rapidly that according to a 2009 Washington Post article, “In the past 20 years, 200,000 mailboxes have vanished from city streets, rural routes and suburban neighborhoods – more than the 175,000 that remain.”
In fact, between 2011 and 2016, there were roughly 14,000 USPS mailboxes removed, which was during the Obama-Biden administration.
Even Obama knew that the United States Postal Service was a money pit. In 2016, then-President Obama proposed that the USPS slash 12,000 jobs.
Here he mocks the Post Office for failing when UPS and Fed-Ex were doing fine.
All of the sudden in the Summer of 2020, the democratic party is upset that, even after demanding the post office cut cost and improve their efficiency, they now demand the post office turn it all around and somehow change direction from consolidating resources to ramping up for November 3rd, but then having to ramp back down.
According to a 2011 Washington Post article the Obama-Biden administration targeted 3,653 post offices to be shut down, The United States Postal Service ultimately decided against closing the nearly 3,700 post offices and cut costs by reducing operating hours.
With the Democratic hoping to force universal mail-in voting, former President Barack Obama just accused President Donald Trump of purposely attempting to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“What we’ve seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting,” Obama said during an appearance on his former campaign adviser David Plouffe’s podcast on Friday. “What we’ve never seen before is a president say, ‘I’m going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting and I will be explicit about the reason I’m doing it.'”
He added, “That’s sort of unheard of.”
In following their leaders, the conspiracy theory took hold on social media. Even pop music singer Taylor Swift parroted the unsubstantiated allegation.
The social justice warriors then took to the streets in the lookout for post office shenanigans.
The USPS is literally backing up trucks to mailboxes and taking them away. Here are photos of mailboxes being “decommissioned” in SE Portland and Eugene, Ore. Check out how many are already on the trucks! But today's news is probably going to be about "golden showers" instead. pic.twitter.com/qROzgpZS0P
— Janet Harris, M.P.Aff. (@ThinkUpstream) August 13, 2020
Even Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden embraced the conspiracy theory that mailboxes were being collected in Portland as a form of voter suppression for the elections in November.
“They’re going around literally with tractor-trailers picking up mailboxes,”
“You oughta go online and check out what they’re doing in Oregon. I mean, it’s bizarre!”
USPS spokeswoman Kimberly Frum told The Hill that the removal of mailboxes is common.
“Historically, mailboxes have been removed for lack of use and installed in growth areas,” Frum said. “Relocating low-use boxes to high traffic areas such as shopping centers, business parks, grocery stores, etc. for increased customer convenience.”
“When a collection box consistently receives very small amounts of mail for months on end, it costs the Postal Service money in fuel and workhours for letter carriers to drive to the mailbox and collect the mail,” she continued. “Removing the box is simply good business sense in that respect. It is important to note that anyone with a residential or business mailbox can use it as a vehicle to send outgoing mail.”
USPS spokesman Steve Doherty told Boston.com that many mailboxes are being repaired or replaced with newer ones. “These trucks are on the street daily,” Doherty said. “They’re part of our field maintenance fleet.”
“This is why you may see one box on a corner that previously may have had two or three side by side,” Doherty continued. “With declining letter volumes, we try to keep the system efficient.”
“In short – this is all routine maintenance,” Doherty concluded. “There’s no effort underway to reduce collection boxes.”
The facts are tricky things, aren’t they?
The Post Office has been dying a slow death for decades. It almost guaranteed it will eventually be sold off and privatized and absorbed into one of the major carriers.
There is no need for universal mail-in voting and thus no need for the Post Office, which has taken over 200K mailboxes off the streets, because they did not collect 30 plus pieces of mail each, to spend the money and energy to help the Democrats try to steal the 2020 elections, though voter fraud.