I Want My Mail!!!!

On December 12th, my daughter mailed a package to my friend in the United Kingdom for me.  The postal clerk informed her that it would not likely arrive before Christmas, but that if she were willing to pay an extra $30, she could get guaranteed delivery within 10 business days.  That would have put the package arriving on or before December 24th, Christmas Eve.  Perfect!  Except, the package did not arrive until January 20th.  Such is the state of affairs at the U.S. Postal Service today, under the management of one Louis DeJoy.  Only 38% of non-local first-class mail arrived on time in late December, compared with 92% in the prior year.

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Trump appointed DeJoy to the position of Postmaster General to head the USPS in June for one reason only – to attempt to slow or halt mail-in ballots for the November election.  DeJoy immediately cut hours, forbade extra trips to deliver excess mail, removed & dismantled hundreds of mail sorting machines, and removed many collection boxes from the streets.  Again, the only goal was to interfere with our votes, to keep our ballots from reaching their destination in time during the year of the pandemic when mail-in voting would be at an all-time high.

When President Joe Biden took his oath of office on January 20th, he almost immediately fired a number of high-level Trump appointees, with more certain to go in the coming weeks, but guess what?  Biden cannot fire Louis DeJoy … only the Board of Governors can do that.  Unfortunately, many of the members of the Board of Governors were appointed by … Donald Trump.

DeJoy was not qualified to take on the position of Postmaster General, his previous experience being the CEO of a for-profit logistics company, but qualifications never bothered Donald Trump overly much, since he himself had zero qualifications for his own job.  DeJoy also had some conflicts of interest in that he did not fully divest himself of his interests in certain companies that are considered competitive with the USPS.  DeJoy, by the way, has a net worth of $110 million.

But wait, it gets even worse.  DeJoy is reportedly preparing to unveil plans for another round of service cuts and operational changes as soon as this week.  The new plan will include more service cuts, higher and region-specific pricing, and lower delivery expectations.  Postal workers are up in arms and want President Biden to do something.  According to Mark Dimondstein of the American Postal Workers Union …

“We want a Board of Governors that understands fundamentally this is not called the United States Postal Business. It’s not a profit-making business. It’s here to serve the people.”

Here to serve the people.  Such a simple concept, isn’t it?  But over the last four years, ‘serving the people’ has become a thing of the past.  Donald Trump’s government was here to serve only one person:  Donald Trump.  Joe Biden is working hard to turn that around, to ensure that government does serve the people – all the people.  But, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Biden’s efforts will no doubt be stymied by the ignorance of a certain party in Congress.

Yesterday, I received a phone call and an email from the Canadian pharmacy where I order my insulin.  They informed me that I should order now, because deliveries to the United States are taking anywhere from 4-8 weeks!  I used to order my insulin and have it within 5-7 business days, but now it could take up to two months!  Bullshit!

Biden cannot fire DeJoy directly, but what he can do is fire the entire Board of Governors and replace them with men and women who care about doing the right thing, who have a conscience, who care about the people of this nation.  Congressional democrats are urging President Biden to do just that …

“My solution starts at the top: firing the whole board who presided over Trump and DeJoy’s wrecking of USPS. Clean house.” – Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. of New Jersey

The current Board of Governors consists of one democrat and four republicans.  Isn’t it a damn shame that our ability to send & receive mail, our ability to receive life-sustaining medication is controlled by partisanship?  Republicans are paid out of our tax dollars the same as democrats … so why are they not attuned to the needs of We the People?  Donald Trump exacerbated this, but he did not create it … it’s been building for a long time.  According to The Washington Post …

“DeJoy has told mail industry officials he intends to remain in office to roll out an agency reorganization… The plan, parts of which were outlined to a Senate panel in August, includes geographic pricing and longer delivery windows. He’s entertained leasing out Postal Service properties and offering non-mailing services, such as private financial services.”

usps-3‘Private financial services’???  WHY???  It is the Postal Service, not the Banking Service!  So, does Biden fire the entire damn Board of Governors and send DeJoy packing?  Seems a simple solution, but this may be a case where Occam’s Razor* does not apply.  There would, no doubt, be a hue and cry from the congressional republicans if he took this path.  However, there are three vacant seats on the Board, and if Biden appoints people of conscience to those seats, then it is likely the Board would be willing to give DeJoy the boot.  In a statement issued by the White House yesterday …

“Only the Board of Governors of the US Postal Service has the power to replace the Postmaster General. The President can, however, nominate governors to fill vacancies on the board pending Senate confirmation.  President Biden’s focus is on filling these vacancies, nominating officials who reflect his commitment to the workers of the US Postal Service — who can deliver on the post office’s vital universal service obligation.”

I hope, for all our sakes, that Biden moves swiftly on this for in some cases, our very lives depend on it.  Meanwhile, I recommend that if you send holiday cards or packages via the USPS, you start your shopping immediately and have them in the mail at least three months before you want them to arrive!

*Occam’s Razor states that the simplest explanation/solution is usually the right one.

20 thoughts on “I Want My Mail!!!!

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  2. My granddaughter has Type 1 diabetes. She is concerned that “the Democrats” are going to raise prices of an already exorbitantly priced drug. (Needless to say, she doesn’t like the current administration.) I don’t know if she’s ever looked into ordering from Canada. Do you think it would be worth her while? And if so, perhaps you could email me the info? (Just an FYI — I’m not in regular contact … mostly via FB.)

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    • Oh yes, Nan, I definitely think she would benefit by ordering her insulin from Canada! I take two types of insulin, and I save about $700 – $800 per month by buying from a Canadian pharmacy. I wouldn’t be alive today if I had to pay the U.S. prices. I’m sorry she feels that way about the current administration, and hopefully some day she will see the difference between today’s Democratic Party and Republican Party. Anyway, I order mine from a pharmacy called 77Canada … the phone number: 1-800-545-1106. I hope this helps her!

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      • One other question — she has insurance through her work and her hubby’s job (he’s a county deputy). Do you still think she would save by ordering from Canada? Since I’m not aware if you have any kind of insurance, I thought it might make a difference …?

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        • Now that, I couldn’t say, but if her insurance covers a significant portion of her insulin, then she might be better off to buy it in the U.S. She can check the pricing and compare. All other things being equal, I’d probably still get it from Canada because I hate subsidizing the crooked U.S. pharma industry!

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  3. Sounds bad. Logistics is the future skill of a community. Here we are a little bit better, in Germany. 😉 Our parcels are arriving “in time”. Want you hire our Dt. Post AG? We have also some former officials there, need to be payed in retirement. Michael

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  4. Jill, there are some odd goings on. You are not the only person who has seen issues. Cutting costs with an axe rather than a razor knife impacts service, which was the political intent by he who shall not be named. Keith

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    • My hope is that we can oust DeJoy before he gets a chance to do further damage. I think he has visions of privatizing the USPS, which would be disastrous! I’m thinking I should buy up a few thousand ‘forever’ stamps now before the price goes to $5 per stamp!

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  5. I seem to recall plans to put gaming machines in the post offices and put little tea rooms there too, oh wait, was that one mine? DeJoy is out to wreck USPS so it’s prime for privatisation which could soon become the best game in town again but as a profit-making concern. I wonder who be investing in that.
    Cwtch

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    • Ah yes, I remember we had that discussion … I think that was your idea, though! Please, speak softly so DeJoy doesn’t hear you and get any ideas. Nobody in their right mind would want the USPS to become a ‘for-profit’ concern … but then, there are a lot of people here who fall short of being in their right mind.
      Cwtch

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  6. I sure hope they put DeJoy’s paycheques in the mail. Not that he needs them, but multi-millionaires cry “fowl uh, er, chicken! when money they believe is theirs does not arrive in a timely manner. DeJoy has put built-in obstructionence into the Postal Service, so let him foisted by his own post-card.

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    • All government employees get paid via direct deposit, so it’s of no concern to him, but anyway, as you say, he doesn’t need it. As I wrote this post last night, I got angrier and angrier, so I sent DeJoy an email telling him he owes me $30. I doubt he’ll even see it, let alone respond, but it gave me a bit of satisfaction.

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