August 14, 2020 · OPINION
Playing political Ping-Pong with U.S. Postal Service
By Kirsten King
Here’s a quote recognizable to all: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
This unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service, which dates from 1914, encapsulates the agency’s actual mission statement, as codified in Section 101(a) of Title 39 of the U.S. Code: “The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities.”
Given that background, what in the world is happening to the USPS as we know it today?
Apparently Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is unfamiliar with the above information. The latest headlines surrounding the USPS – lack of needed additional funding, delivery slowdowns, no overtime authorized, unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, etc. — must have Benjamin Franklin, appointed in July 1775 as the first postmaster general, spinning in his grave.
For the current administration to allow one of the oldest and, in my opinion, most efficient US government agencies to become a political Ping-Pong ball is wrong on every front. Every American uses the post office and relies on the services it provides day in and day out, something we all take for granted.
If you’ve ever used postal services abroad, you would know that the USPS is more affordable and accessible than in most other countries.
The idea of not having this agency’s services, to which we all are accustomed, is unimaginable. That said, Trump ally and fundraiser, Postmaster General Thomas DeJoy, who has no experience with USPS operation, appears to be leading us down that path.
I sincerely hope that people will see what a real problem it is not having the USPS operate as we expect it to and demand that postal service receive the necessary funding to operate during this unprecedented time.
jim goodwin · August 31, 2020 at 5:02 pm
Jeffersonian American · August 31, 2020 at 6:11 am
Mr. Fields, I will encourage you to learn as much fact-based knowledge as you can about our world and our universe around you; and to develop reasoned imaginations and perspectives of the future, grounded in a deep understanding of our American and World History. With these attributes, you can accomplish anything in life if you apply your mind and work diligently. Expand your horizons.
Taking the long view, our human species must expand our footprint beyond Earth if it is to survive- the more advanced our technology becomes, the more we are understanding how the universe works- and the more dangerous our technology becomes as mankind's understanding of the atom and other technological advances now seemingly exceeds its moral grasp. Then there is Nature itself- be it our very own American Supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park- which is now some 40,000 years overdue for eruption (it last erupted over 640,000 years ago and according to the geologic record, its average eruption cycle is every 600,000 years); or the increasing number of new discoveries of Near-Earth Asteroids as our technological vision and supercomputing gets more advanced; or as we watch horrifying cosmic catastrophes in neighboring star systems with our new technology- frightening things are happening more often than we previously thought possible- some cosmic events near, some further away. To pin the future of the human species as we've known it on one planet with all of that risk around us would eventually lead us to extinction. One American with a unique perspective on all of this- as only one of three human beings to have ever left Earth to venture in deep space to lunar distance and return to Earth to tell us about it, Captain John Young, rest his soul- described some of his personal thoughts on these subjects below. It doesn't mean Wyoming will be destroyed this afternoon or next week- it may be thousands more years before the American continent gets buried in volcanic ash- or not. No need to commit mass suicide today, but it helps to have the perspective Captain Young had- he being able to cover everything he knew in his life with his thumb not once, but twice, in two separate lunar missions which revealed to him the fragility of it all (rendering our political discussions or mindless television watching or blaming Whitey for the pestilence in the streets for the past 3000 years all trivial in comparison):
Jerome Fields · August 30, 2020 at 11:09 am
"Developing nations like China and India and Africa are another matter entirely- their governments need to be held accountable for their escalating pollution problems- the United States is not the problem; our American way of life is not the problem."
The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride. Trump lives all of these.
Jerome Fields · August 30, 2020 at 11:02 am
"I'm even in favor of replacing all the maximum security prisons across America with few one-room, full-time, 24/7 Electric Chairs to handle the large, recent influx Democrat and Illegal Alien violent criminals instead- think of the American energy, pollution and and economic savings THAT Law and Order policy positive change would bring about to our American hard-working taxpayers."
Well good enough, let's put Donald Trump at the top of the list for these criminals to be executed. He is a CAREER criminal!
Jerome Fields · August 30, 2020 at 10:59 am
"Humans will eventually need to settle on the Moon, in space, and on Mars and beyond if the survival of the human species is to happen."
Now who is absurd Jeffersonia American? Why must human kind eventually settle elsewhere? Why not take care of the planet where we currently reside? Survive on what, sand and rocks? No thanks!
Jeffersonian American · August 29, 2020 at 8:35 am
The United States continues to lead the world in clean energy- our air, water and climate is significantly cleaner than it was even 50 years ago- without the need to destroy our economy and our American way of life, banning cars, trucks, motorboats, air conditioning, or nuclear power electricity generation. Americans of every socio-economic status and racial composition continue to enjoy the highest standard of living around the world from an energy perspective (securing our public law and order and our American citizens' safety rights and ability to live unthreatened by our local, State and Federal Governments in peaceful pursuit of life, liberty and happiness is another urgent priority entirely on the ballot this 2020 National Election). Under President Trump's leadership, the United States is today a net energy exporter and is now energy independent with the most modern, clean energy technology on the planet. So while Mother Earth will be here for another 4.6 billion years- long after you and I are gone no matter what age we may be- there is no reason to destroy our U.S. economy and way of life as American human beings as we continue to refine our clean energy technology in the present and in the future in a responsible manner. The 1963 Communist Manifesto Updated 2020 Democrat Party Platform, promises to destroy our American energy production and energy independence and our economic prosperity and American way of life- if Biden and the Democrats are elected, not only will fossil fuel production be banned so will other clean energy technology, production and transportation be systematically eradicated by the Democrats (and we have the world's largest energy reserves, including clean burning natural gas, oil, coal reserves around the globe; along with the latest safe oil and gas safe extraction techniques and coal burning technology and pollution control technologies anywhere on Earth). The United States and its citizens are not the problem- it is developing nations like China, India, and Africa who are the worst polluters who need to be held accountable for their pollution excesses, not to punish the United States and its citizens as the Democrat Party is promising to do. If Joe Biden wins, working Americans can expect to pay more than three times the current price of a gallon of gas today- instead of $2 a gallon, it would spike quickly to $6 to $8 a gallon under the 2020 Democrat Party Platform destructive energy policies being proposed and higher energy taxation. Feeling "Green" by buying a hybrid electric Prius other similar small death car? You should read this and stop promoting the deaths of thousands of Congolese children being used to mine the Cobalt for all those Prius batteries (what JOEBIDEN.COM doesn't want you to see):
Virginians are already about to suffer higher electric utility bills this fall as Democrat laws enacted this year take effect to spike their electric utility bills- as New York Representative AOC's Communist "Green New Deal" has been recently enacted by the Virginia State Legislature and Governor Klansman. These disastrous energy policies are already in place here in Virginia and are about to kick in just in time for fall. Virginians need to remember this when they enter the voting booth this November or fill in their registered Absentee Ballots to start to put an end to our needless economic suffering.
Humans will eventually need to settle on the Moon, in space, and on Mars and beyond if the survival of the human species is to happen. Until that day, it is entirely possible that man's understanding of the atom and other technologies have exceeded his moral grasp of the universe- and the rise of Democrat Party Communism is equally life-threatening to American citizens.
To suggest we are all going to die and Earth is going to come to an end in 10 years or less unless Democrats are elected is a Theatre of the Absurd if it were not for so many millions of brainwashed American voters who actually believe those Spectacular Lies. (CONTINUED NEXT POSTING)
Jeffersonian American · August 29, 2020 at 8:33 am
Some of our most distinguished Geologists have observed Mother Earth appears to be automatically creating and replenishing her energy sources deep below the Earth's surface even as we extract those oil and gas sources. Over 40 years ago, with the advent of 1970s LANDSAT remote sensing technologies which led to discoveries of new oil and gas reserves around the globe on a daily basis, the senior lunar geologists I supported who had recently departed the energy companies to study lunar and planetary science instead- told me directly American energy companies were finding new oil and gas reserves around the globe on a daily basis- with an over 500-year supply of known global oil and gas reserves at current consumption rates- and their companies had to halt their active exploration efforts with no realistic prospects of ever developing these new daily discoveries under then-President Carter's draconian energy policies. Today, the technology is even more advanced, as we have since learned the United States has more oil and gas reserves and new fields being discovered around the globe that can, today, be responsibly extracted and utilized for the advancement of the human condition on Earth through clean burning technology in an environmentally responsible and friendly manner without need for the proposed Democrat Destruction of the United States and sending all of her citizens back to live the 19th Century. There is no need in this century to ban Chevrolet Suburbans, Corvettes, outboard motor boats, riding lawnmowers or gas grilles as Democrats are promising to do with their draconian energy policies which seek to PUNISH America and our hard-working citizens. Developing nations like China and India and Africa are another matter entirely- their governments need to be held accountable for their escalating pollution problems- the United States is not the problem; our American way of life is not the problem. I'm even in favor of replacing all the maximum security prisons across America with few one-room, full-time, 24/7 Electric Chairs to handle the large, recent influx Democrat and Illegal Alien violent criminals instead- think of the American energy, pollution and and economic savings THAT Law and Order policy positive change would bring about to our American hard-working taxpayers.
Not surprising, among President Trump's energy and science advisors, is Dr. Harrison Schmitt, who also understands every candidate for political office today should support rational measures to protect and improve our environment, but it makes no sense at all to back expensive programs that divert resources from real needs and are based on alarming but untenable claims of “incontrovertible” evidence.
If you are interested, you may wish to read more on the Global Warming Junk Science threat from the world's most distinguished geologist, and one of its most authoritative sources, Dr. Harrison Schmitt. These discussions and organizations will serve to reorient yourself in a factual direction, recalling the great physicist Richard Feynman’s remark: “No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles.”
Mark House · August 28, 2020 at 1:24 pm
"We will restore U.S. global climate leadership by working with world leaders to catalyze increased global investments in clean energy solutions and climate resilience, including to help low-income countries move along a more sustainable development path."
I agree with this plan 100%. Without a viable planet on which to live, what is the point of living when everyone will die from lack of water, or clean air, and an environment that can sustain life. What good is a dead planet to anyone, even you Jeffersonian American? Or are you so old that it doesn't matter because you'll be dead soon, and don't care about anyone else but yourself?
Mark House · August 28, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Jeffersonian American · August 27, 2020 at 7:42 pm
I stick to the documented facts.
Fellow citizens, do you ever notice how the Radical Left Democrats posting here refuse to defend their 110-page Revised 1963 Communist Manifesto 2020 Democrat Party Platform that outlines how they want to forever change our liberty, freedom, economic free enterprise system and American Way of Life? They want to ban fossil fuels, cars, trucks, planes, heating and air conditioning and all kinds of other 20th and 21st century quality of life and liberty advancements- replacing them with windmills and Government-run, Death Panels and Rationed Health Care- turning all of our hospitals into Cuba, or even worse- New York State Run Nursing Homes? Obviously they don't want Americans to read any of it or even know about it. Only recently have Traditional Americans learned about it via links and discussion on the national talk radio programs to learn the horrible truths about it. We know Democrats have to lie to millions of illiterate, Alien, and stupid Americans to get elected, but in the awful event they are actually victorious this November, they will point to their Biden.com Democrat Party Platform and call it a "mandate" for destroying America as we've known it.
I'd like to see any of them try to defend the indefensible. Here is the link to the 1963 Communist Party Manifesto Revised 2020 Democrat Party Platform- a Pure Evil Manifesto for the destruction of all that is good about America:
Jerome Fields · August 27, 2020 at 12:57 pm
Mr. American - and everything you say is your OPINION too. You really need to get back to those AA meetings or have your doctor reduce whatever drug you are taking. Your fingers and brain are on overdrive.
Donald Trump is a childish child that threatens and throws his considerable weight around, there is no prettying that up no matter how many words you type. Bullies go down hard when they are brought down! Good day to you SIR!
Jeffersonian American · August 27, 2020 at 7:30 am
Mr. Fields- And that Sir, is YOUR opinion.
Never assume me, or anyone I know, or our friends and relatives, were ever FINE with the undocumented Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro and his unprecedented unconstitutional lawlessness and Marxism; his constant smirk of contempt and his glowering, angry eyes every night coming through our televisions as he had to read from his Teleprompter; and his Hate America First Agenda- being elevated to the highest office of our land through fraudulent and criminal means. That was the moment I stopped flying my American Flag on Election Night 2008, sadly, never to fly it again from my front porch- after seeing it highjacked and abused by this Kenyan-born Marxist-Communist. You see- even beloved American symbols are mutable over time and can lose their original meaning when hijacked and abused under a Marxist-Communist figurehead to advance an evil agenda, especially when that person was constitutionally ineligible to stand for election as U.S. President, much less be inaugurated. And the two Federal Government entities constitutionally responsible for vetting Obama's eligibility to stand for election as U.S. President despicably looked the other way- the U.S. Electoral Commission and the U.S. Supreme Court. This dereliction of duty changed the course of our American history indeed for the worse. Therefore, I fly other historic American flags on occasion since 2008 that have never been abused by Obama wearing them on his lapel (remember how Obama was forced to wear the "Old Glory" Flag Pin on his lapel during the 2008 presidential campaign? He truly hated to do it- but he ended up hijacking our U.S. Flag to push and accomplish his Marxist-Communist Agenda to "Fundamentally Transform America" as he lied to us repeatedly in his desire to lay the groundwork for our American extermination and erasure of our American history). He still wears it on his lapel to help him feign legitimacy before millions of Americans. Millions of us aren't fooled, however by this hijacking of our American symbol. Remember First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, standing impatiently and glowering at a memorial service in New York City as a Color Guard of Firefighters carefully folded our American Flag at Ground Zero of the Islamic Terror Attacks Against America? She was captured on video grimacing while growling, "ALL THIS for a FLAG?" Of course I want her to burn in Hell when I saw that. Thanks to Obama and millions of his fellow Marxist-Communist supporters, there are millions more of us past ready for a new country if it must now come to that. We know the disintegration of America has progressed too far and it is very likely never coming back to what it once represented- millions of us can no longer live in peace to pursue our American birthrights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when millions like you elected an undocumented Kenyan Marxist-Communist to the highest office of our land. You and your Democrat Party Members still will simply not leave American citizens like me alone to live in peace- to simply go about our business under the rule of law to live in freedom and personal responsibility- and you will never rest from your insane desire to control every aspect of our everyday lives until Americans like us are taxed to death- or exterminated and our life's work and efforts stolen and confiscated for your un-American prescription of Marxist-Communist redistribution of wealth and land.
The words of Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence are just as relevant today, if not more relevant today- than they were in 1776. Millions of us are locked and loaded and are ready to defend our families and property with purpose and vengeance against those who mock our founding American ideals and who are escalating violence to seed America's destruction and systematic eradication. The same discussions which took place roadhouses and taverns in Boston, Massachusetts and Charleston, South Carolina in 1775 and 1860 are taking place again today. We no longer face Redcoats, but something far worse- Communist Reds in our midst. Be advised there are millions of us who will never take a knee except to God or be forced to bow on our knees to Political Correctness and Cultural Marxism, begging for crumbs or begging for our lives under your vision for a future America under the jackboots of a Marxist-Communist Dictatorship- we'd rather deal with these current Traitors in our midst the same way our ancestors did in the restoration of freedom and liberty across our land. If Old Glory's original meaning and ideals which it symbolized under our Bill of Rights and our constitutional government in a voluntary union of sovereign States can be saved, that long journey will be aided by re-election of President Donald Trump; if it cannot be saved, it will be re-born elsewhere on our American continent in the Chapters of our history yet to be written, I can assure you. (CON'T.)
Jeffersonian American · August 27, 2020 at 7:25 am
Mr. Fields, it is time for America- and Americans- to choose sides ahead of the 2020 National Election. You either want to live in freedom and liberty with all of its personal responsibilities to pass on to your children and grandchildren and future generations- or you don't. You either want to preserve the many sacrifices of our American forebears- be they black, white, slave and freeman- or you don't. We all know through the study of history that Socialism, Marxism and Communism have all failed miserably everywhere it has been tried- with hundreds of millions dead just in the last century alone.
No Mr. Fields, we were all not fine under the last Democratic POTUS. He was, in fact, never legitimate or even constitutional; and every piece of legislation or Executive Order Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro ever signed into law was a total fraud and high crime against the American citizenry.
Samuel Adams summarized it best: “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Jerome Fields · August 26, 2020 at 2:28 pm
Mr. American - So you are OK with having a liar, tax fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, sexual harrasser, bank fraud POTUS being in close proximity to the US Treasury? Wonder how much he has stashed away in off shore bank accounts by now? His own sister says he is not to be trusted.
We were fine under the last Democratic POTUS, more than fine, and didn't have all this trashy behavior to deal with, and we had allies and respect. No more! Putin is laughing his backside off.
Jeffersonian American · August 25, 2020 at 5:51 am
1. Please read your 2020 Democrat Party Platform linked below. AFTER READING this document, please explain how anything in this 110 page document would be good for you, or your family, or your community, or your State, or to your Country, much less good for 320 million other Americans citizens? What specific things from this 2020 Democrat Party Platform from JOEBIDEN.COM do you hope for and want you and all of us to be forced to live under by voting for Joe Biden and all other Democrats on the ballot this year? How will it impact your life and those of your other family members and neighbors in our community and in our Country?
2. America was founded as a constitutional republic for very good reasons. A "democracy" is when two wolves and a sheep decide to vote what is for dinner.
Linda Ward · August 24, 2020 at 11:15 pm
JEFF - Don't need your prayers. I do not cotton to that nonsense. Good luck with the election. Either dictatorship with Trump or Democracy. People's choice.
MirandaD · August 24, 2020 at 8:21 am
Jeffersonian American · August 24, 2020 at 5:28 am
1. Joh Hall states it best when he observes, Real Americans and self-respecting individuals everywhere despise queuing with a passion. Standing in a slowly-moving queue, such as at the DMV, seems to them like a foretaste of Hell. One might even say that being made to wait in line to vote is a poll tax, and a tax that folks would gladly pay to avoid. If you think that's harsh, then look at these photos (link below) of Americans waiting in line to vote. When one considers how unpleasant "the several States" have made in-person voting, with lines of voters stretching out into the streets and around polling places, one can see how the electorate might welcome a little relief, even if that relief were as open to fraud as mail-in ballots.
Jon Hall, writing in AMERICAN THINKER, provides a masterful description of how the Democrats are attempting to steal the upcoming 2020 National Election via the U.S. Postal Service written- well worth the read for anyone who does not comprehend the danger of uncontrolled, mass voting by mail (not to be confused with the current legal, requested, registered, controlled, Absentee Ballot Voting process):
2. On a separate note, I pray for Ms. Ward below- most Americans don't want our country to go to Hades-it would be nice if we could all unite under our U.S. Constitution to save our original Christian-based republic of our American founders instead- then we could ALL WIN to preserve our American way of life and live happily ever after in domestic peace and tranquility as a Christian nation. While President Trump is an imperfect messenger, you may recall most of the historic figures in the Bible called upon by Jesus were flawed persons and imperfect characters. Personally, my benchmark for our last truly great U.S. President who had the total package of skills and judgement for what is required to be a highly effective Commander-In-Chief was General Dwight D. Eisenhower- a once in a century U.S. President. Though Donald Trump is no Dwight Eisenhower, President Trump has also accomplished many good things for our nation in his first term; and there is no other Dwight D. Eisenhower currently in sight across our American landscape on the national ballot in 2020, so for me it is a very simple, easy and pragmatic decision who to vote for. As much as I'd love to vote for the Constitution Party Candidate or the Southern Party Candidate or similar excellent individual, unfortunately, so few people have ever heard or know about these individuals scattered around the 50 states- some on state ballots- some not- that to vote on those principles and ideals alone would result in a Democrat Victory- and that would be this year Joe Biden/Kamala Harris, the only other major party nominees, which if elected, would bring results too horrible to contemplate upon our nation and its free citizenry as you referenced below- sending our country- yours and mine- to Hades.
AmericanPatriot · August 23, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Facts - the USPS claims it can't afford to deliver mail on Sunday, but they deliver amazon on Sunday for cut rates.
AmericanPatriot · August 23, 2020 at 1:43 pm
Postmaster General testifies in front of juvenile delinquents and puts the stop to their idiotic propaganda.
Linda Ward · August 23, 2020 at 9:14 am
JEFF - You win! I no longer care if this country goes to Hades if having people like Trump are what you believe should be our leaders. Be careful what you wish for JEFF.
Radical, smadical, Paleo, Smoleo.
Jeffersonian American · August 23, 2020 at 6:50 am
Ever notice how the Radical Left Democrats posting here refuse to defend their 110-page Revised 1963 Communist Manifesto 2020 Democrat Party Platform that outlines how they want to forever change our liberty, freedom, economic free enterprise system and American Way of Life? They want to ban fossil fuels, cars, trucks, planes, heating and air conditioning and all kinds of other 20th and 21st century quality of life and liberty advancements- replacing them with windmills and Government-run, Death Panels and Rationed Health Care- turning all of our hospitals into Cuba, or even worse- New York State Run Nursing Homes? Obviously they don't want Americans to read any of it or even know about it. Only recently have Traditional Americans learned about it via links and discussion on the national talk radio programs to learn the horrible truths about it. We know Democrats have to lie to millions of illiterate, Alien, and stupid Americans to get elected, but in the awful event they are actually victorious this November, they will point to their Biden.com Democrat Party Platform and call it a "mandate" for destroying America as we've known it.
I'd like to see any of them try to defend the indefensible. Here is the link to the 1963 Communist Party Manifesto Revised 2020 Democrat Party Platform- a Pure Evil Manifesto for the destruction of all that is good about America:
On a separate note, I see someone below asked for a history clarification again. Actually, the more noble of our American Founders were considered in their time to be highly educated, "Classical Liberals," as evident by their extraordinary writings, fortitude, wisdom, research, critical thinking, logic, sacrifices and by their founding documents they let behind for all of us (think Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Virginia Declaration of Rights, Articles of Confederation) which today would make them "Conservatives." Also many of our best American Founders are considered Paleo-Conservatives in their principles and convictions by the standards of our current time.
Yes, Thomas Jefferson was a Classical Liberal in his day, which makes him very much a Conservative today. What kind of education made a Classical Liberal in the 18th and 19th Centuries across our American South? Here are some useful perspectives provided in the links below:
And the birth of the Prussian-style, American-Government-Run Public School System:
Tony Bentley · August 22, 2020 at 3:45 pm
TRUMP: “One of the things the Post Office loses so much money on is the delivering packages for Amazon and these others. Every time they deliver a package, they probably lose three or four dollars. That’s not good.” — remarks Monday to reporters.
THE FACTS: That’s not true.
While the U.S. Postal Service has lost money for 13 years, package delivery is not the reason.
Boosted by e-commerce, the Postal Service has enjoyed double-digit increases in revenue from delivering packages, but that hasn’t been enough to offset pension and health care costs as well as declines in first-class letters and marketing mail. Together, letters and marketing mail in recent years have comprised up to two-thirds of postal revenue.
In arguing that the Postal Service is losing money on delivering packages for Amazon, Trump appears to be citing some Wall Street analyses that argue the Postal Service’s formula for calculating its costs is outdated. A 2017 analysis by Citigroup did conclude that the service was charging below-market rates as a whole on parcels. Still, federal regulators have reviewed the Amazon contract with the Postal Service each year and found it profitable.
To become financially stable, the Postal Service has urged Congress for years to give it relief from the mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Legislation in 2006 required the Postal Service to fund 75 years’ worth of retiree health benefits, at an estimated cost of $5 billion per year, something that the government and private companies don’t have to do.
In the most recent quarter, for instance, package delivery rose 53% at the Postal Service as homebound people during the pandemic shifted online for their shopping. But the gain in deliveries was offset by the continued declines in first-class mail as well as costs for personal protective equipment and to replace workers who got sick during the pandemic.
The biggest factor was the prepayment of retiree health benefits, which Congress imposed and only Congress can take away.
As a quasi-government agency, the Postal Service also is required under law to provide mail delivery to millions of U.S. residences at affordable and uniform rates. It does not use taxpayer money for its operations and supports operations with the sales of stamps and other mail products."
Tony Bentley · August 22, 2020 at 3:44 pm
"TRUMP: “We want to make sure that the Post Office runs properly and it hasn’t run properly for many years, for probably 50 years. It’s run very badly. So we want to make sure that the Post Office runs properly and doesn’t lose billions of dollars.”— remarks Monday to reporters.
THE FACTS: Trump offered no evidence of broad mismanagement at the Postal Service that dates back 50 years.
The Postal Service started losing “billions,” as Trump put it, after the 2006 law mandating health prefunding took effect. Those billion-dollar payments, which coincided with the 2007-2008 Great Recession and a wider shift toward online bill payments, pushed the Postal Service into the red. Excluding those health payments, it has finished each year with revenue surpluses for most of the past decade."
Linda Ward · August 22, 2020 at 11:07 am
Did ya'all who disparage liberals, read that? The Founding Fathers were "Classical LIBERALS"! Lordy mercy sakes alive!
Jeffersonian American · August 21, 2020 at 5:38 pm
Actually, the more noble of our American Founders were considered in their time to be highly educated, "Classical Liberals," as evident by their extraordinary writings, fortitude, wisdom, sacrifices and by their founding documents they let behind for all of us (think Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Virginia Declaration of Rights, Articles of Confederation) which today would make them "Conservatives." Also many of our best American Founders are considered Paleo-Conservatives in their principles and convictions by the standards of our current time. So if you want to label me, you can throw out Big Government Republican and you might as well use "Paleo-Conservative," which is fine with me. I abhor the Two-Party System currently afflicting America- and our nobler American Southern founders warned us against political parties developing in America. President Trump, although he is no Dwight Eisenhower, nonetheless was the only effective tool for millions of Americans like me to immediately send to Washington, D.C. in "The Revolution of 2016" to see that he upended and overturned the tables of the Political Democrat/Republican and Deep State Establishments, with many successes, yet he has continued the fatal trend of spending trillions of dollars we don't have as a nation, which will be our ultimate downfall of Mr. Lincoln's Empire. Yet, my support of President Trump remains unwavering this year in the face of a ruthless, violent, bloodthirsty anti-American Enemy Within steeped in Bolshevism and Communist Doctrine.
Given the realities of where we are today, Paleo-Conservatives will have to wait until the entire House of Cards inevitably collapses before we can effect a return to our American founding ideals somewhere, some day, on our American continent- to regain what has been lost of our extraordinary American cultural, spiritual and paleo-conservative inheritance, sacrificed for by each successive generation of Americans and our Confederate Americans. However, with the dilution of our original American DNA from Jamestown, and whose DNA animated our First American Secession of 1776 and our Second American Secession of 1860-61, we are witnessing America slipping away at the hands of those with no DNA ties to the founding generations of Virginia and America, for that matter, and therefore exhibit no desire to maintain our constitutional republic as originally envisioned and sacrificed for by those founding generations. Today, over 200 foreign languages are spoken in Fairfax County Public Schools alone- need I say more? As recently as the mid-1960s, my former home town of Annandale was a typical Virginia small community where English was the only language spoken. Today, there is no signage remaining in English- only Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish- and the quaint, former Virginia Town of Annandale is but a distant, pleasant, if not bittersweet memory. Today, Annandale is an overcrowded, violent, Third World extension of the boundaries of Hell- the modern Democrat Party writ large across Northern Virginia with a massive influx of recent foreign cultures and Illegal Aliens who love the Socialism and Marxism championed by the Democrat Party which has made America unrecognizable there today; or who use our current corrupt Governments as tools, such as the Islamic community does to spread their Sharia Law across a hapless, compliant Sheeple in Northern Virginia and elsewhere.
So don't lecture us on the answer to the question, "What Does It Mean to Be an American?" You won't find it in your 2020 Democrat Party Platform linked below in my prior posting.
Look at the Biden.com link (which I previously posted below) to the 2020 Democrat Party Platform. Read it if you have any doubts- it is a strengthened, sickening, disgusting version of the 1963 Communist Manifesto. No honest American that I know of would ever vote for a party that authored that document. It is a document and platform that advocates for the total destruction of America and our American way of life.
Tony Bentley · August 21, 2020 at 2:30 pm
These are the two choices on November 3, 2020. AMERICA or Trump? I'll take America!
Tony Bentley · August 21, 2020 at 2:29 pm
Ah, phooey, and here I thought we were all Americans, not left or right, Democrat or Republican.
Jeffersonian American - The Founding Fathers as far as Britian was concerned were Radical Lefties or Righties? The Founding Fathers as far as they were concerned considered themselves Radical Lefties or Righties? It really all depends on which side of the fence you are standing.
When you call people that don't agree with your OPINION you call them Democrat Trolls. That makes you a Republican Troll to people that don't agree with your "REAL" world.
There is no doubt in my mind that you are white and one of the good ole' boys that would love to go back to the good old days of feudalism. Karl Marx was a Russian, so it makes sense that you think we are headed toward Marxism as your man Trump has been in bed with the Russians since his younger days.
Jeffersonian American · August 21, 2020 at 6:15 am
Some of the Radical Left Posters below really don't like my comments as a Fauquier and American Citizen- nor are they very tolerant of our free speech rights. Yet these same Democrat Trolls don't realize what I comment about is really not aimed at them- they very obviously cannot be reasoned with- instead, I periodically post for any other readers who may be struggling to sort out fact from fiction, or documented American history from Spectacular Lies being told about our American history in this local publication. The upcoming National Election stakes have never been higher than they are now. Young Americans are the most vulnerable- especially those weaker students of voting age, having been recently brainwashed in the public school systems and colleges who are not performing their own independent studies outside the AGENDA 21 and GOALS 2015 local Fauquier County Public Schools Marxist-tinged curriculum; or the Radical Left university environments. Of all the young people I know or have met working in skilled trades- they are- to a person- well aware of what is at stake for their jobs and their companies or their small businesses. Hard work reinforces their conservatism and common sense as they work in the Real World. These individuals are not to be confused with the unemployed Koffee Klatch Dissenters fromthe "Straight Outta Warrenton" Main Street corner cafe, next to John Marshall's Statue in Courthouse Square; or those who comprise The Welfare State who are also steeped in Democrat Party Marxism.
We have a critical national election in a few weeks that, unfortunately, boils down to either saving or destroying what remains of our freedom, our opportunities for individual and societal economic prosperity, and of our American constitutional, republican form of Government.
The Biden-Sanders "Unity Task Force" recommendations are laced with words about American inequity, massive control over neighborhoods, and how they plan to negatively impact every single job in the country. Biden has plans to financially bail out every poorly-run city, new gun confiscation programs, and expanded rights for illegal aliens. This is not a people’s movement because the people have nothing to do with it. It’s a top-down centralized government that Karl Marx would be proud of. It is a rehashing of the 1963 Communist Manifesto on steroids- a very dangerous end for America and anyone who loves liberty, sovereignty and our Bill of Rights. This is not posting hearsay as the Radical Left posters below would have you believe and continually lie about- read it for yourself what the "McNews" Television Media won't tell you about the 2020 Democrat Party Platform- taken from their own web site. It is a complete dismantling of America- a dismantling of of our individual rights; dismantling of our economy and Capitalism; destruction of our unparalleled energy and transportation sectors, and all kinds of other Iron-Fisted Controls and Regulations over American industry, our jobs and our legal citizenry- all to be replaced by a Marxist-Communist Utopia, human suffering and serfdom- except for the Liberal Elites, where the rules don't apply to them. Americans are running out of time to learn the truth about the Real Democrat Party Agenda in 2020- so here it is provided to them below- a Pure Evil Manifesto for the destruction of all that is good about America:
Route211 · August 20, 2020 at 11:27 pm
This is really easy folks. Go to your polling place, present valid ID and vote. What’s the confusion? Three easy steps!
Mark House · August 20, 2020 at 8:46 pm
Looks like the Trump Administration lost the Ping Pong game. So much winning, not!
"The psychological need among some for conspiracy theories.
“People believe because they feel powerless, uncertain, or they feel like they lost some control,” said Joanne Miller, who studies the political psychology of conspiracy theories at the University of Delaware. Certainly, a lot of Americans are anxious now. “It doesn’t mean we’ll end up believing in conspiracy theories,” Miller said, “but we all seek explanations, seek to understand why. Because if we can come up with a reason and an explanation, at the very least we think it’s going to help us regain some control. That ‘knowledge’ in some sense is control.”
Linda Ward · August 20, 2020 at 2:26 pm
JEFF - Give it a rest before you have a coronary. Posting hearsay is a waste of everyone's time.
Jeffersonian American · August 20, 2020 at 8:26 am
While the U.S. Postal Service is in dire need of reform, cost-cutting reductions and efficiencies gained and/or privatization, to avoid even the possibility of any appearance of a scandal, the Trump Administration announced this week it would not proceed with the USPS reforms and cost cutting measures- or even the standardized public mail box refurbishment contract which removes and refurbishes/repaints public mailboxes and places them back in their locations until AFTER the 2020 National Election. Sadly, under the circumstances of the corrupt Democrat Party seeking to use the ongoing Postal Service (Poor, Wasteful, Inefficient, Ever-Increasing Cost) Operations as an excuse to blame and discredit President Trump's pending re-election, the President's decision this week to suspend the USPS reforms until after the National Election at least reassures all Americans that any mailed Absentee Ballots will be handled by the Post Office engaged in normal operations- however bad that might be. Just yesterday morning on a national talk radio show, I heard a former U.S. Mail Contractor state he would never place anything in the mail system any more- and how he witnessed a "lost" tractor-trailer sized load of mail that went missing and was "re-discovered" a year later; and how they used to periodically pick up all the mail that fell out of the Mail Sorting Machines in the crevices, onto the oily and greasy floors- and they just gathered all of that mail and threw it in the garbage, etc. I also read the statistics this week that the USPS has a combined $24 Billion Dollar Surplus on hand, including from the recent Trillions of dollars of untapped COVID Relief Bills from the Congress- so the the USPS is fully funded for the next 13 months as it is.
The few Democrats postig below who try to paint President Trump as a Vote-Stealing, Election Stealing Fraud now have no leg to stand on with their Spectacular Lies. President Trump is keeping the failing, corrupt, fully operational U.S. Postal Service (the same one that was supposedly "reformed" under Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro) operational for now- at least until after the 2020 National Election, when it will be long past time to deal with its structural, systemic and political problems- massive problems. Abolishment and Privatization would represent a tremendous improvement of this 18th Century monolith losing billions of taxpayer dollars annually with poorer results and more corruption each passing year in return. While there is simply no way I would trust this 2020 National Election Vote to the U.S. Postal Service, at least President Trump is seeking to reassure those who need to vote by Legal, Requested, Registered Absentee Ballot can return their ballot via the U.S. Postal Service which will remain operating normally during the 2020 National Election.
nonewtaxes · August 19, 2020 at 11:25 pm
Probably batter to play ping pong with usps then with irs. Is lerner in jail yet? How about the dumbazz from the OPM who didnt guard persoanl data?
We must have the postal workers handle 1,000s of pieces of mail each day but let us not have teachers show up for work.
Mark House · August 19, 2020 at 2:03 pm
Truepat - We have been getting our Amazon purchase deliveries from either someone in an Amazon logo van, or vehicles without any logo for at least 9 months, so yes, Amazon has been using their own hired drivers.
We plan on voting in person, yet I get those people who may have accessibility or health issues. Why is anyone begrudging a registered voter from voting anyway they are able to do so? Our neighbor is 94, Republican, and I would be the last person to tell them that Absentee Voting is a cop out.
Truepat · August 19, 2020 at 11:12 am
USPS and Amazon entered an agreement in 2013 regarding deliveries, however Amazon took most deliveries "in house" in 2019.
Truepat · August 19, 2020 at 11:08 am
The right is planning on voting in person so it's a mute point, but the more the left cries, the more motivation they are giving the right.....popcorn please.....
BestKeptSecrets · August 19, 2020 at 10:58 am
Did Amazon and the USPS make a deal which screwed the tax payers, the postal workers? If this is true...Why did USPS make any deals with any companies? Everyone should be paying the same costs in shipments. Why are they favoring one company over another? Did this not create unfair competition? Now USPS wants to be rescued.....
jim goodwin · August 19, 2020 at 6:31 am
Silii, YOU are in control of your 6' bubble. How often do you ask politely for people to respect your social distance? And when you witness the lack of social distance, are you sure the people that are too close are unrelated or one party is uncomfortable with the distance? Maybe those involved are consenting adults.
This postal service issue is a trope with respect to the election. Every government agency has budget issues and those at USPS are nothing new. It's just convenient that we can use the issues at USPS to further the arguments from both sides about this election.
Mark House · August 18, 2020 at 7:24 pm
Jeffersonian American - Wow, when it comes to "deep" meeting "end" of a mind warp, just read Jeffersonian American's comments. Tin foil hat time!
Silii · August 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm
brandonj: the county is in serious need of poll volunteers for Nov 3rd. Why don't you volunteer? Those with particular susceptibility to covid 19, i.e., all of us, will decide for ourselves if we want to stand in line outside with people who will not wear facemasks or respect the 6 ft. social distance. How can I say that? Because I witness it every day in Warrenton.. Plus, DeJoy and Trump caved today on trying to rig and cheat on voting by mail. The people - all of us - win from that decision. Problem is, it doesn't replace the hundreds of high speed mail sorting machines physically removed and destroyed.
jim goodwin · August 18, 2020 at 5:35 pm
Linda, again, typical of the Democrat narrative, conflate Absentee voting with universal mail-in voting. As if there's no difference.
"Likewise, a recent special election for city council in Paterson, New Jersey that relied on mail-in voting faced rampant fraud. A startling 19 percent of ballots were disqualified due to the discovery of fraud. Ballots were altered, filled out fraudulently, and stolen. A mailbox was discovered filled to the brim with hundreds of ballots. Four men were arrested and charged with voter fraud."
And the NJ governor is happy because fraudsters were caught. Yay. How many weren't? How many fraudulent ballots were counted as legit?
Jeffersonian American · August 18, 2020 at 5:31 pm
To address your questions below:
Mr. Fields, of course our country is better off today economically, socially and globally under President Trump's stewardship- for a majority of Thinking Americans understand the President loves America and Americans in his heart, and even more importantly, through his deeds and actions placing the interests of our citizens and our country first. He doesn't need the (thankless) job, yet a majority of Americans placed their faith and trust in him to lead during an extremely difficult and very dangerous period in our history. Contrasting President Trump on his worst day in office- the victim of a Sham Impeachment and vote in the U.S. House of Representatives last winter- a majority of Americans agree the Trump presidency is infinitely better than any single day of the 8 years previously held hostage by a truly vile, corrupt and America-hating Committed Marxist Regime, fraudulently led by Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro. And because of this fact, President Trump will be overwhelmingly re-elected based on the trust placed in him by a majority of American citizens. Even with the Wuhan Red Death unleashed by Communist China which has devastated much of the globe, President Trump's stewardship of the nation is a necessary moment in history- with many more positive achievements to accomplish in his second Administration- including our moral, economic and military recovery. America is infinitely better off without an undocumented Committed Marxist in the White House- if you recall, Obama-Soetoro was born into evil to a Communist Mother and Real Communist Father Frank Marshall Davis; and whose African Aunt and African Grandmother gave sworn depositions to three different American Secretaries of States, during the 2008 American election in their native Swahili language, that they witnessed his birth in Mumbasa, Kenya in 1961; and who was subsequently raised as an Indonesian Citizen by his Islamic stepfather (Soetoro) and Communist mother (Stanley Ann Dunham) who placed him in Madrassas there; later traveling to Pakistan in 1981 as a 20-year-old for an extended period when all U.S. Citizens were banned from travel to that nation without approval from the very highest levels of our U.S. Government. But don't take my word for any of this, do the research yourself- you can get started at the WorldNetDaily archives and you will see why a majority of Americans are far better off today than at any time under a fraudulent and horrifying Obama Regime led by the very incarnation of evil itself- truly A Touch of Evil:
Refer here: https://www.wnd.com/?s=Obama+real+father+Frank+Marshall+Davis
and here: https://www.wnd.com/?s=Obama+birth
and here: https://www.wnd.com/2012/06/was-communist-mentor-intimate-with-obamas-mother/
and here: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/08/obama_i_make_love_to_men_daily.html
Ms. Ward, there has been no fraud uncovered to date committed by President Trump in all of the unprecedented Democrat Witch Hunts continuously underway since before President Trump was even elected in 2016. All of the high crimes against the American People have been committed by the Democrats and the Obama Regime; and prior to that, by the Clinton Regime. These facts will be reiterated with President Trump's overwhelming re-election in the coming weeks. Writing in AMERICANTHINKER.COM, Chet Richards astutely observes for a century America has been wrestling with its own fight against totalitarianism. This is the contest between Constitutionalism and Progressivism. This explains why American citizens selected President Donald J. Trump is the only man matched to this unique and dark moment in our American history where we must defeat the scourge of Democrat Bolshevism and The Deep State; and a host of external threats facing our country. This article may help you put it into proper perspective:
Join me in praying for our country. Our American republic and our American way of life- unprecedented in human history in raising our human condition under our constitutional, republican form of government and free enterprise; and our Bill of Rights- are all at stake with this upcoming 2020 national election.
I believe Democrats and take them at their word very seriously when they state they want to fundamentally transform the United States of America. This is why President Trump will be overwhelming re-elected in November- but it will require millions of Thinking Americans turning out in overwhelming numbers in person to vote at the polls on Election Day, in addition to their legally requested, legally cast and lawfully counted Absentee Ballots to reject the Marxist-Communist Democrat Threat.
Jerome Fields · August 18, 2020 at 8:42 am
Jeffersonian American - One question. Is the United States of America better off today (economically, socially, and globally) than it was in January 2017?
Linda Ward · August 17, 2020 at 8:56 pm
JEFF- "That’s the scale of the fraud the president is worried about."
Trump and his wife and the rest of his family don't go to the polls, so it seems he doesn't have a problem with Absentee voting "in his case because he is SPECIAL." Trump should be more worried about all the FRAUD he has perpetrated while in office, since when he is out of office the authorities can finally indict him as he will no longer be a "sitting" President that is exempt.
Jeffersonian American · August 17, 2020 at 7:46 pm
Some of the Commenters below continue to obfuscate this issue:
Absentee ballot systems require voters to personally request that their supervisor of elections send them a ballot. Voters put the completed ballot into a blank envelope that they enclose in a second envelope, which they must sign. Voting officials then compare the signature on the outside of the ballot to the signature on record and often reject ballots when they do not match.
In addition, when a voter requests an absentee ballot, it will often trigger an alert in the state’s voter database if that voter shows up to vote in person during early voting or on election day. That is a protection against double-voting.
In the universal mail-in ballot system proposed by California and Nevada, and which Democrats want to impose nationwide in an election less than three months away, actual ballots – not ballot applications – are mailed to everyone on the voter rolls.
That is an open invitation to fraud, especially in states and counties with “dirty” voter rolls. Imagine mailing driver’s licenses to every resident over the age of 18 regardless of whether they had applied for one or their criminal status.
A January 2020 report by Judicial Watch found 378 counties across America had more registered voters than citizens of voting age. Judicial Watch successfully sued Los Angeles County in 2019, requiring them to remove 1.5 million people from the voter rolls because they had either moved out of the jurisdiction or were deceased.
That’s the scale of the fraud the president is worried about.
Under the Democrats’ mail-in ballot scheme, all registered voters would receive a ballot, whether they are dead or alive or still live in the jurisdiction. Who will actually cast those ballots? The answer is, we don’t know.
It’s easy to imagine all kinds of scenarios where Democrat activists “harvest” ballots sent to deceased persons in nursing homes, thanks to unionized health care workers, and where election workers provide them with signature pages from the poll books.
Already, over 587,000 of these Bogus Mailed Ballots were released in Virginia- and that is just the information we know about from trusted news sources. Virginia loving Patriots are going to have to turn out in person to vote in November, however dire the Democrat Stolen Election Game has been rigged against them by the current Democrat Regime in Richmond. After that, all bets are off; but we know the ultimate solution is patterned after the over 138 Virginia counties, cities and jurisdictions who recently passed 2nd Amendment Ordinances. Virginia loving citizens will have to take the next steps under our Virginia Declaration of Rights if their lawful votes continue to be denied by massive voter fraud in the Northern Virginia counties and other corrupt cities of Richmond, Hampton Roads, etc.
jim goodwin · August 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm
brandonj, I like your plan. I'd just modify one thing to reduce the burden of the election officials. Give voters the disinfectant and let them wipe down the booth if they want. Even better, voters ought to be trusted to take care of their own hygene and remember not to touch their face and to disinfect their hands after voting. Not difficult unless you're just completely incompetent, in which case, should you really be voting?
Tony Bentley · August 17, 2020 at 2:43 pm
Gun owners feel strongly about anyone infringing on their right to own a gun. To be fair they should feel as strongly about anyone infringing on the right to vote. Voting should have no hindrance or political malfeasance by ANYONE. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Tony Bentley · August 17, 2020 at 2:39 pm
brandonj - I agree with you in part. It's easy to vote around here because of the low density of population and access to polling places. Where there are many more people living, Richmond, Chicago, Dallas, etc. and where some states have closed polling places, getting to vote isn't as easy or as fast. Then in rural areas without mass transportation and no vehicle, how do they get to the polls? We are voting in person, yet I get why some people for health reasons or accessibility issues would rather vote by Absentee Ballot. Voting is a right an no one has the right to IMPEDE that fact.
brandonj · August 17, 2020 at 8:33 am
This is yet another wedge issue meant to rile everyone up.
Requiring voting by mail is a fabricated crisis. Voting in person is just as possible with doom and gloom of COVID overhead. I can't think of a more socially distant activity that won't take anymore time than it currently does.
I have a revolutionary proposal:
1. wait in line with 6 foot spacing + mask
2. sign in as usual with plexiglass barrier
3. walk to available table to complete scantron ballot
4. poll worker wipes down table (optional)
5. democracy wins!
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