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August 19, 2020
Pelosi Goes Postal ✉️
The fight over the Post Office isn’t about the election. It’s really about a multi-billion dollar postal bailout that Democrats and their labor union allies have been demanding for years. Now that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called the House back into session to pass a $25 billion bailout, Americans need to know that this is nothing more than political theatre.
Despite what Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and the mainstream media have been screaming from the rooftops, the Post Office is perfectly capable of handling election mail. So say its current leaders and former regulators who served under Republican and Democratic administrations. The Post Office has already laid out clear and commonsense recommendations so that voting by mail goes smoothly. As of yesterday, it has also delayed all operational changes until after the election, to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” according to U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
The real issue is that the Post Office has lost $78 billion since 2007 — money that taxpayers have been forced to cover. Rather than support reforms to make the Post Office profitable, the seven unions that represent its workers are demanding tens of billions of dollars to protect the status quo.
Congressional Democrats have tried to pass a bailout for years, including earlier in the pandemic. But they weren’t talking about the election then. They’re only talking about it now because it makes good headlines. If only they were interested in passing good policy — and reforms that protect the American taxpayers who already shell out far too much for the Post Office.
→ Read more: No, the Postal Service isn’t stealing the election (National Review)
→ Read more: The Postal Service’s good election advice (Wall Street Journal)