The Post Office Problems are Bigger, and Older, Than Politicians Will Admit
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
The U.S. Postal Service finds itself at the center of a partisan political storm over mail-in ballots expected to be used in the Nov. 3 election. But as with most political storms that sweep through official Washington, this one contains a lot of spins, and a heaping portion of hot air.
As Reason Magazine’s Eric Boehm notes:
Both sides have been blowing the issue out of proportion. President Donald Trump has alleged that the more widespread use of mail-in voting is ripe for fraud, but there is no evidence to support that claim; Trump himself has voted by mail as recently as March of this year. Democrats, meanwhile, believe DeJoy is engaged in a nefarious plot to disenfranchise Americans, even though the expected uptick in mail volume around the election would fall well within the post office’s usual capabilities.
The Postal Service’s problems have been thoroughly documented over the years, including extensive analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
According to the GAO, the Postal Service’s problems have materially worsened over the last decade and more:
Poor financial situation: USPS’s overall financial condition is deteriorating and unsustainable. USPS has lost $69 billion over the past 11 fiscal years—including $3.9 billion in fiscal year 2018. USPS’s total unfunded liabilities and debt ($143 billion at the end of fiscal year 2018) have grown to double its annual revenue.
Insufficient cost savings: The savings from USPS cost-reduction efforts have dwindled in recent years. Although USPS has stated that it will aggressively reduce costs within its control, its plans will not achieve the kind of savings necessary to significantly reduce current operating costs.
Unfavorable trends: USPS’s expenses are now growing faster than its revenues—partly due to rising compensation and benefits costs and continuing declines in the volume of First-Class Mail.
It’s good, then, that the political class is finally paying attention to the problems that have festered for so long in plain sight. It would be even better were they serious about postal reforms – including ending the postal monopoly on first-class mail.
This has to be a joke.
President Trump is spot on with his assesment.
I worked for the postal service for 10 years. I have never seen such waste and favoritism in any other “business” that I have been employed.
For the past 25 years I have had to contact the postal service more than 5 times to correct a problem of their carriers placing my so it was sticking out of the mail box, consequently I had mail stolen. To this day I am still trying to correct this problem.
Currently, for at least a month, my neighbor has had to go to the post office to get his mail because the community mail box was broken into, more than once, and it hasn’t been fixed since.
Other cities have their mail delivered to their door. I had foot surgery a few years ago and I asked if the carrier could deliver my mail to the door instead of the curb-side mail box we were forced to install. I wasn’t asking anything unusual, since my neighbor had her mail delivered to her door at the time. I was denied.
For more than a year I have had to deliver my neighbor’s mail to them because it was delivered to my mail box instead.
When a package is delivered by the postal service the carrier throws it down at the front door, most times without knocking or ringing the door bell. So I have had a package stolen from me because I didn’t know it was there. I have called the local post office several times regarding that problem. You would think with mail & package theft being on the rise they would be more responsible with their deliveries.
Reflecting on my first-hand experience as an employee with, as well as a customer of, the postal service, it’s no wonder the employees have such little respect for their employer, their job or their customers.
With all that in mind, I certainly do not think that the postal service is remotely capable to handle the increase of mail if the voter ballets were handled by them.
AMEN and IF we go to this MAIL IN VOTING it should be PEOPLE DEMANDING ABSENTEE BALLOTS by mail! They are VARIFIED BEFORE being mailed out to people !!!
The main problem with the USPS today in 2020 we still operate with a 1960 business plan. We need to either make dramatic changes in the way the PO operates by removing the senority promotional system and go to a system based based on performance. In order to accomplaidh this we need to revamp the postal union system with new rules of opertion. This should make the Postal Service operation more like a private business operation and not a charity. Having some people who work being paid the same for those who refuse to work in the same facility should not be allowed ! Make those tax payer$ less important if the PO actually contrtibutyr to its operation !
All government operations are deep in debt because of their generous retirement plans that far exceed any private offering. The post office has way too many supervisors compared to workers. Like was previously said have to redeliver mail to my neighbors because guess you don’t have to be able to read addresses to have a job delivering mail. Remember being in the service in the 60s my mother sent me some cookies that said fragile. The largest peace of cookie was about the size of a quarter with the rest being crumbs.
The USPS is NOT responsible for ballots/elections.
Only for a very few absentee ballots.
Each state’s Atty General is responsible for the election boards (localized) which are responsible for ballots.
Voters should sue their election boards if balloting does not take place in a secure manner. USPS is NOT secure…heck, they tell you not to even mail $10 cash in a birthday card…how could anyone trust them with ballots?
Lets remember that voting by absentee ballot can have the same effect as sending ballots to everyone in a particular city and/or state. The only difference is the person or voter using the absentee ballot has to request it. This way there is 1 person 1 vote. Not like what could happen if ballots are mailed to all people. Look at the mail in voting problems in New Jersey, New York where it took 3-4 weeks or longer to try to determine a winner.
You are correct. The fake media keeps conflating mail-in-ballots with absentee ballots. They also continue to claim their is no evidence regarding mail in fraud. Just look at New Jersey and New York. Anyone with half a brain and common sense can figure out the many potential abuses and fraud if the post office handles the election.