Should the US bail out the Postal Service? | The Tylt

Should the US bail out the Postal Service?

The United States Postal Service is being battered by lower volumes of mail being sent overall due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Postal Service says it will "run out of cash" by September unless the government steps in with assistance. People are calling on the Trump administration to bail out the Postal Service because it has always been an essential service for every American—but it is especially a lifeline with social distancing in effect across America. It is hard to imagine the logic behind bailing out Wall Street but not the post office. However, conservatives have long pushed for the Postal Service to be privatized and generally have opposed the postal service. They argue print advertising and mail has long been in decline and the Postal Service's business model overall is broken. It's better to let private companies step in and innovate. 

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The argument in favor of bailing out USPS centers around the idea that the postal service is not a business, it's an essential service we all share. Businesses large and small, senior citizens, young children, literally everyone, has the same access to the same postal system. It's a fundamental thing that keeps the United States running. 

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President Trump has taken a hard line against directing money to bail out USPS—essentially threatening to veto the $2 trillion relief bill if it had money earmarked for the postal service. 

Trump has long been antagonistic of the post office, calling it once in a tweet Amazon’s “delivery boy.” The Postal Service often serves as a vendor for Amazon, UPS, FedEx and other shipping companies, delivering the “last mile” service to often rural and remote areas. It is a crucial service for the Postal Service, for which package delivery is a growing part of its business.
Much of Trump’s invective on the Postal Service is aimed at Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. Trump has advocated for increasing the prices on Amazon deliveries, against the recommendation of shipping experts and the agency’s own Board of Governors, a majority of whom Trump appointed.
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Others argue USPS makes little to no sense as a business and as consumer preferences change over the next few decades, it will become increasingly irrelevant. It must reinvent itself—the most efficient way forward is to let private enterprise figure out the path to that future.

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