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If You Inject a Stream of Raw Ignorance Into a Vat of Gaseous Arrogance, What Does It Produce?

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Answer: Donald Trump's Executive Order of April 12.

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Let's start with the arrogance. King Donald the First has been in a deep pout over negative articles about him in the Washington Post newspaper, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, King of the Amazon.com empire. Trump has fired off several rounds of angry tweets assailing Bezos, including a potshot claiming that Amazon is ripping off the post office by underpaying for the millions of its packages that the postal services ships.

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Well, tweets are one thing, but King Donald has the firepower of the federal government at his beck and call, so he is arrogantly using the government power to escalate his personal spat with Bezos. By executive order, he set up a federal task force to conduct a pernicious political inquisition into "our money losing post office," particularly looking at the "pricing of the package delivery market."

This is where Trump's vast ignorance comes into play. Apparently, he's blissfully unaware that, far from being a money loser, the U.S. Postal Service has actually been earning about a billion dollars a year in profit. The false claim of "unsustainable" operational losses, repeated in King Donald's imperious order, stem from a 2006 political ploy by right wingers who want to destroy the public service. They passed a law dictating that USPS pre-fund retiree health benefits 75 years into the future -- covering retirement costs for workers who haven't even been born!

This adds a totally hokey "expense" of up to $5 billion a year to the USPS corporate ledger, creating the fake "loss" Trump is now so bombastically citing as the rational for his destructive inquisition.

The humble U.S. postal system has 30,000 outlets serving every part of America, employs 630,000 people in good middle-class jobs and delivers letters and packages clear across the country for a pittance. It is a jewel of public service excellence.

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Therefore, it must be destroyed.

Such is the fevered logic of laissez-fairy-headed corporate supremist like the billionaire Koch brothers, along with the right-wing politicians who serve them. This malevolent gang of wrecking-ball privatizers includes such prominent Trumpteers as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, (a former Wall Street huckster from Goldman Sachs) and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a former corporate-hugging congress critter from South Carolina. Both were involved in setting up Trump's shiny new task force to evaluate and restructure the "operations" of our U.S. Postal Service. It's like trusting two foxes to remodel the hen house.

Indeed, Trump himself merely wanted to take a slap at his political enemy, Amazon King Bezos, by jacking up the prices the postal agency charges to deliver Amazon's packages. The cabal of far-right corporatizers, however, saw Trump's temper tantrum as a golden opportunity to go after the postal service itself. So, instead of simply addressing the matter of package pricing, the task force was authorized by a trumped-up executive order with an open-ended mandate to evaluate, dissect and restructure the people's mail service -- including the real one.

Who'd buy the pieces? For-profit shippers like FedEx and UPS, of course, but here's some serious irony for you: The one outfit with the cash and clout to buy our nation's whole postal infrastructure and turn it into a monstrous corporate monopoly is none other than... the Amazon Kingdom, of course.

Sometimes public policy inadvertently turns bad, but when it's based on ignorance and arrogance, policy inevitably goes bad. To help stop the gross greed of these privatizers, become part of the Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service: www.AGrandAlliance.org.

 

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The nature of Capitalism is to destroy.

'The humble U.S. postal system has 30,000 outlets serving every part of America, employs 630,000 people in good middle-class jobs and delivers letters and packages clear across the country for a pittance. It is a jewel of public service excellence.

Therefore, it must be destroyed.'

After all, the U.S. postal system jobs program lacks the approval of the 'job creators'.

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Postal service is one of the few explicitly mentioned in the Constitution:

Wikipedia:

"Article I , Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution , known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress "To establish Post Offices and post Roads ".[1] "

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It's too bad that for many the Constitution has become just another piece of paper, except for a hollow point single amendment.

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And don't you find it interesting that the Constitution seems to be 'mostly against' a standing US army?

Oops, Republicans.

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Thank you for exposing this plan to destroy the US Postal Service. Unfortunately, even some of the brainwashed postal workers are going around telling people that the Postal Service is "mismanaging its monies," apparently unaware of that 2006 law dictating pre-funding of retirement benefits for every worker, 75 years early! Most people don't know about this, ignorantly blaming the postal service.

Our post office here sucks, to put it bluntly. The people here seem to not want the jobs, our hours are worse than banker hours (no Saturday window service, and mail goes out in the morning), and the window workers telling us repeatedly that we "can do that online." (!) How do we undo this brainwash of even the workers themselves when no one seems to know about the 75 yr mandate and the attempts to destroy USPS?

I went onto the Grand Alliance to sign the pledge (couldn't - although that may be my old computer browsers) and look around the website. It seems to be inactive; nothing has been updated on that website since 2016. Do you know if this is still active? Are these attempts to educate the Public still happening? I'd like to help people get the facts, and get more involved. Maybe some Op-Eds and Guest Editorials from those of us who know what's happening, and networking around the country so that all communities can know the truth about what's happening and what to do about it? I'm open to suggestions. IMO, we all should be fighting to keep, and save, the US postal service. Any worthwhile progressive candidate running for office should also pledge to work to keep the US Postal service and expand upon its services, and keep the jobs it offers. How do we help overturn the 2006 law?

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"King Donald", yes, absolute monarchy is approaching; he said he can pardon himself, which would make him above the law.

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