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Democrats pushing phony USPS crisis

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns that "dangerous new policies" made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took the job in June, will prevent mail-in ballots from being counted. Senator Chuck Schumer claims there's a conspiracy to "undermine and dismantle the post office ahead of the November election."

Don't fall for the scaremongering.

Fact No. 1: The USPS is ready to handle mail-in voting. Even if every voter in the U.S. relied on the mail instead of voting in person, first-class postal volume would increase by less than 2%. That's nothing. Yet only half that number, about 80 million, are expected to vote by mail. The Post Office handles a staggering 472 million pieces of mail a day.

Fact No. 2: The postal service has enough cash on hand to pay bills and meet payroll until August 2021. It doesn't need emergency funding. It needs reform.

Disregarding these facts, Pelosi called the House into a rare Saturday session to pass a bill giving $25 billion in "emergency" funding to the Post Office. That bill was sheer theatrics. It will go nowhere in the Senate. Nor should it.

As for DeJoy's new policies, they are urgently needed.

 

The major reason is that, with email and other technologies, people are using first-class mail less, and the postal service is bleeding money. To stop the losses, DeJoy began unplugging some automatic mail sorters, which are expensive to run and are operating way below capacity. Makes sense. Any business faced with less demand tries to cut overhead costs. He's also trimming overtime, which has soared almost 100% in the last decade. That's unpopular with the letter carriers' union, which backs Joe Biden.

Democrats depict these reforms, which were proposed by experts long before DeJoy's appointment, as a criminal conspiracy. On Monday, House Oversight Chairman Carolyn Maloney claimed Americans "want to go back to the way things were." Nonsense, taxpayers don't want their money wasted running unneeded machines.

Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., had the gall to ask DeJoy if he was counting on a pardon like Roger Stone, intimating that bringing efficiency to the postal service is illegal.

Every year since 2009, the General Accounting Office has rated the USPS a "High Risk" agency nearing failure, and Congress has done nothing but shovel in money. The Post Office, which is supposed to earn enough revenue to cover its own costs, has burned through $78 billion in losses since then.

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