Trump Finds Way For Post Office To Make Money Again

President Donald Trump is at it again, this time, calling on the United States Postal Service to charge Amazon more for using its delivery services. In a Dec. 29 Twitter post, the president expressed concern that the USPS is losing money to e-commerce giant Amazon, due to Amazon’s low price and quick service. “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer?” Trump asked. “Should be charging MUCH MORE!” he exclaimed. According to Fox News, the president’s tweet wasn’t out of the blue. It came shortly after a “Fox & Friends” segment aired about how Amazon makes shopping easy for its customers. The president, of course, has boosted the economy and built an empire on making others rich, so it’s safe to assume that he knows what he’s talking about. In November, a USPS news release reported shocking numbers that show it is losing money every year. During this past fiscal year, which ran from October 2016 to September 2017, USPS lost $1.8 billion. Mail volumes declined by about 5 billion pieces. “Our financial situation is serious, though solvable,” Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan said in the news release. “We are taking actions to control costs and compete effectively for revenues in addition to legislative and regulatory reform.” But what about simply charging e-commerce services such as Amazon for using USPS’s service? It’s no secret that Amazon dominates the world of fast, easy delivery. They are simply taking advantage of a suffering service to put money into their own pockets. Even Newsweek agrees with President Trump that USPS offers Amazon special deals. In 2013, USPS agreed to deliver Amazon packages at regular rates on Sundays, something that has never been done before. Here’s the real kicker: Amazon founder and CEO Steve Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post, the openly liberal news organization that dominates media coverage of the nation’s capital and takes a regularly anti-Trump administration line. And Bezos’ Amazon is as much a part of the liberal pantheon in modern America as the other technology giants like Google and Facebook.  Charging a liberal organization more for a quasi-public service like the postal system might be the winning idea the USPS needs. Maybe USPS should take some suggestions from President Trump. His advice seems to be working for the rest of the country, and it might work for them.