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saltwn 07-31-2020 09:35 PM

America’s Most Loved Brand? The Post Office—No Matter What President Trump Says
 
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America’s Most Loved Brand? The Post Office—No Matter What President Trump Says


TOPLINE A new Morning Consult study finds the American public isn’t going along with President Donald Trump’s attacks on the U.S. Postal Service, as the USPS was ranked the most loved brand in America—though changes imposed by new postmaster general Louis DeJoy threaten to weaken the beloved agency through widespread delays and possible closures ahead of the November election.
U.S. postal worker puts mail in mailbox
United States Postal Service mail carrier Frank Colon, 59, delivers mail amid the coronavirus ... [+] AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
KEY FACTS
Morning Consult’s 2020 report on the Top 50 Most Loved Brands in America ranked the U.S. Postal Service as the number one most-loved brand, directly ahead of Google, UPS, Amazon and Netflix, based on such factors as favorability, trust and community impact.

The report follows the May appointment of DeJoy—a prolific GOP fundraiser and Trump donor who, unlike past postmaster generals, does not have past experience working for USPS—who has attacked the agency’s “financially unsustainable position” and “broken business model.”

DeJoy imposed new cost-cutting changes at the cash-strapped agency, including overtime and transportation cuts that result in letter carriers being forced to delay the delivery of mail if they cannot deliver it during their regular shifts, and there are reports suggesting post offices across the country may close.

Postal workers have strongly objected to the new measures and their potential effect on mail-in ballots, telling the Washington Post the changes have resulted in “at least a two-day delay” for mail delivery in certain parts of the country and warning “the logjam is worsening without an end in sight.”

The weakened postal operations come as Trump—who has long attacked the USPS, particularly over their package fees for Jeff Bezos-owned Amazon—has attempted to sow distrust in the November election by attacking mail-in voting, including how the practice could delay election results.

USPS spokesman David Partenheimer told the Post that while “temporary service impacts can occur” as a result of the changes, “any such impacts will be monitored and temporary.”

CRUCIAL QUOTE
“The cardinal rule is, ‘don’t delay the mail,’ and we’re in a 180-degree switch where we’re delaying mail every day,” Lori Cash, president of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 183 in Western New York, told the Post. If the delays continue through the election, Cash added, “it’s going to be a catastrophe at the post office.”

CHIEF CRITIC
Democrats have strongly objected to DeJoy’s changes at the Postal Service, with multiple lawmakers sending letters to the agency opposing the changes and requesting more information. Former President Barack Obama took aim at the Trump administration’s apparent attempt to weaken the Postal Service in his eulogy at Rep. John Lewis’s funeral Thursday, as he noted that the government is “undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that is going to be dependent on mailed-in ballots so people don’t get sick.”

KEY BACKGROUND
DeJoy’s appointment and imposed changes come after Trump and his administration have spent years systematically attacking the Postal Service, sparking fears that his administration and the GOP are attempting to privatize the federal service. The U.S. Postal Service has long faced significant financial challenges—partially attributed to a 2006 law that requires the agency to pre-fund retirement health benefits—and warned at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that it was on track to run out of funding by as early as September, though the increased mail resulting from stay-at-home orders has since given the agency a sizeable financial boost. The U.S. Treasury Department announced this week that it will give the USPS a $10 billion loan to help its financial burden, which was allocated for in the CARES Act but was held up by months of negotiations over the terms.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Postal workers told the Post that they were told the new changes are currently in place as a 30 to 60 day trial, though that was not confirmed by the USPS itself. If the changes are still in place in November, it could result in many voters being disenfranchised by delays to mail delivery. In a July statement to Snopes, the Postal Service advised voters to request mail-in ballots 15 days before the election at the latest and mail their ballots at least one week before they are due.
Pull yer boot straps up mates and saddle ol nel. you might have to deliver some mail to Washington. don't forget the 2nd amendment. show your support for our mail service. :usflag

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