The narrative being peddled by Democrats regarding the random disappearance of USPS mailboxes across America would make you think that the famous blue boxes are being abducted in droves by unmarked cars and being hauled away to unspecified locations to never be seen again all under the direction of President Trump. Why? Because Trump wants to make the USPS so over-encumbered with mail-in ballots this year, that it would make mail-in voting virtually impossible and cementing his seat as president of the free world for another term. Liberal logic at its finest.
While it is true that people have seen mailboxes being removed from random locations and driven off into the sunset, during the Obama-Biden administration, the same sightings were nothing new. 14,000 mailboxes were "retired" during their tenure in office. Despite presidents not having much say in the operations of the USPS, their criticisms of the unprofitable service may be taken into consideration just as Obama's were.
During the Obama-Biden years, the USPS was criticized by the upper-echelons of government, because it was losing money year-over-year. While the postmaster general proposed a five-day-per-week delivery system, Obama, pointing to the USPS's loses against competitors in the private sector, considered shutting down 3,700 post office locations and cutting 12,000 jobs across the service in 2009. Retiring mailboxes is just another way to save on costs and not a new method in doing so.
Spokeswoman for the USPS, Kimberly Frum, said in a statement to The Hill that retiring low-volume mailboxes is a cost-cutting initiative. “It is a fluid process and figures can vary from day-to-day. Historically, mail boxes have been removed for lack of use and installed in growth areas. When a collection box consistently receives very small amounts of mail for months on end, it costs the Postal Service money in fuel and workhours for letter carriers to drive to the mailbox and collect the mail. Removing the box is simply good business sense in that respect. It is important to note that anyone with a residential or business mailbox can use it as a vehicle to send outgoing mail.”
Prior to the Democrats' hoopla this year over Trump's supposed interference with mail-in voting just to better his chances of winning, Trump's criticism of the Postal Service is nothing new. In 2018, Trump demanded that Amazon lower the prices it charged the USPS for delivering its packages. He's tried figuring out ways to make the Postal Service more profitable. With experienced businessman Louis DeJoy's May 2020 appointment as Postmaster General and CEO of the United States Postal Service by the Board of Governors, they might actually have a shot to overhaul the service for the better.
Leading up to the presidential election in November, the left is trying to make mail-in ballots a priority. NJ Senator Cory Booker and Governor Phil Murphy recently played down the possibility of mail-in voter fraud occurring among the state's 6.2 million registered voters, despite the fraud that occurred in Paterson, NJ early last month, as well as in other states. Nancy Pelosi just called on congress to reconvene from break in order to vote on measures to make sure mail-in voting still takes place this year, but doesn't call on congress to reconvene on Coronavirus relief.
Democrats have seen the affects of ballot harvesting and mass mail-in voting, and will make a last ditch attempt to increase their chances of winning the election since all of their attempts over the past four years didn't work. Will it be their last attempt leading up to the elections to sabotage it just like they did with weaponizing the Coronavirus or the FISA Court to start up their Russian collusion hoax? Probably not. But, once again, it was another good attempt to remove the duly-elected president of the United States.
(Cover photo: Joel B. Pollack, Breitbart)