House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on members of Congress to come back to the Hill last weekend in what she called an effort to “save” the United States Postal Service (USPS) from President Donald Trump.
But while Democrats may say that Trump’s administration is deliberately sabotaging the post office ahead of November’s election, a shocking new report from the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) exposes the truth: the Postal Service was struggling long before Donald Trump moved to Washington.
A history lesson for Dems
In the early days of America’s existence, the postal service’s goal was to be able to offer two-day delivery between Philadelphia and New York.
According to AIER, then-Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin first made that promise to the American people.
But by 1969, things had changed. According to AIER, The Washington Post reported in 1974 that during the Nixon era, postal officials decided “to no longer strive for overnight mail delivery and to keep this a secret from Congress.”
As recently as 1989, the idea of two-day delivery from Philadelphia to New York was little more than a fantasy, with postal officials resetting the bar much lower: they wanted to be able to deliver a first-class piece of mail between New York City and Westchester County, New York in two days, AIER reported.
According to the institute, the Postal Service has been slowing down ever since. Delivery cuts were made in 2000 and most recently in 2015, during the Obama administration, when overnight first-class mail practically went extinct.
The problem with the USPS
Of course, Democrats want everyone to believe this problem was caused by Trump, but the Postal Service has performed below par for decades — as was made evident in AIER’s latest report.
What’s more, the government “service” has been losing money for years, justifying Trump’s oft-repeated criticisms that the USPS is underperforming.
Democrats want everyone to believe that throwing $100 billion at the problem will fix it, but even with added staffing, it is unlikely the Postal Service will be able to get itself ready for the deluge of ballots that would be headed its way if we do widespread mail-in voting this November.
The Postal Service needs to be overhauled, nobody here is arguing that. But trying to do it in two months right before a presidential election is not the time.
One can only hope Pelosi and company soon get that memo.