The Trump administration’s failure to take the COVID-19 threat seriously has all but brought the U.S. economy to a standstill — and the future continues to look grim.
This newspaper is suffering through its worst year ever. Surely it’s the worst year in my 47-plus years at the helm.
And if Trump and his Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, get their way, things are going to get even tougher for all of us but especially this newspaper.
Weekly newspapers across the country rely on the Postal Service for their very existence. Most of us have to have our newspapers delivered through the mail. The USPS is our lifeblood.
Trump and DeJoy have lots to gain and little to lose if the Post Office goes under and they both seem hellbent to see that happen. Trump needs it to fail so he can claim victory in this year’s election no matter what the vote count is.
DeJoy, a GOP megadonor, holds at least $30 million of stock in a company that contracts with the USPS. He also holds stock options that allow him to purchase Amazon shares at below-market rate. Amazon is quickly becoming a direct USPS competitor. DeJoy is making that competition easier for Amazon.
To make matters worse, Senate Republicans blocked President Obama’s nominees to the USPS Board of Governors so Trump inherited an empty board, which he filled with like minds.
Much of our country relies on the Postal Service but Trump and DeJoy would both be better off if it failed.