In a saner time, the Trump effort to destroy one aspect of government that works supremely well, the Post Office, would be a major scandal:
The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing days-long backlogs of mail across the country after a top Trump donor running the agency put in place new procedures described as cost-cutting efforts, alarming postal workers who warn that the policies could undermine their ability to deliver ballots on time for the November election.
As President Trump ramps up his unfounded attacks on mail balloting as being susceptible to widespread fraud, postal employees and union officials say the changes implemented by Trump fundraiser-turned-postmaster general Louis DeJoy are contributing to a growing perception that mail delays are the result of a political effort to undermine absentee voting.
The backlog comes as the president, who is trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the polls, has escalated his efforts to cast doubt about the integrity of the November vote, which is expected to yield record numbers of mail ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The attacks on the Post Office are not a new thing, as Republicans have been doing this for decades, but they have been, like everything else, ramped up during the Trump era. Bills in 2001 and 2006 from Congress created many of the problems, and Trump is now trying to kill it.
Every Democrat in Congress should be screaming every day to fully fund the Post Office. It’s a great service, a tremendous bargain, and a vital resource.