Comrade Trump: Deflect, Provoke, Bewilder

This tweet from Comrade Stupid made me think about the Lost in Space clip:

When Comrade Stupid is at Merde-a-Go-Go, he is left without his adult daycare handlers, and reaches for his Tweeter-Twatter, and he comes up with new crap to stir the pot (and to deflect everyone’s attention from whatever trouble he is in, usually Russian). He finds enemies to poke, you know, to see what a bear does when provoked.

Amazon is run by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, which has been running it’s own investigation on the Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac. So the bewildering part of his out-of-the-blue tweet almost makes sense.

A USPS price change would hurt their competitors more that it would hurt Amazon because Amazon has its own delivery service, and it is YUGE. A price increase would end up helping Amazon. So once again, we learn that Comrade Stupid is stupid.

But we also see that Comrade Stupid isn’t very good at his job, either. He doesn’t know that the USPS is a part of the US Government, called out in the Constitution. As an independent agency of the US Government, it is not a private, for profit corporation and so it cannot change prices at will to meet strategic goals, like crushing Comrade Stupid’s enemies.

The USPS Board of Governors make a recommendation to change prices. Wikipedia tells us:

The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service sets policy, procedure, and postal rates for services rendered, and has a similar role to a corporate board of directors. Of the eleven members of the Board, nine are appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate (see 39 U.S.C. § 202). The nine appointed members then select the United States Postmaster General, who serves as the board’s tenth member, and who oversees the day-to-day activities of the service as Chief Executive Officer (see 39 U.S.C. §§ 202203). The ten-member board then nominates a Deputy Postmaster General, who acts as Chief Operating Officer, to the eleventh and last remaining open seat.

As of  10/26/2017 Comrade Stupid has only announced his intent to nominate some people to be Members of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service.

So, you know, there is no fully-staffed board to meet to raise prices to crush Amazon because Comrade Stupid doesn’t know how to do his job.

(By the way, the Wikipedia article on the USPS is fascinating. The USPS is really amazing, if not totally badass.)

 

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7 Responses to Comrade Trump: Deflect, Provoke, Bewilder

  1. laura says:

    The USPS is really amazing, if not totally badass.
    THIS! Our USPS is government at its most effective, efficient and good value. Letter carriers are a reassuring daily presence in our communities. Postal workers represent the largest unionized workforce in the US.
    Our post offices have been one of the most democratized public spaces -no velvet rope between the hoi poloi and the vip class.
    Go Postal Union’s as someone more articulate than I reminds us on her weekly Podcast.

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  2. When Amazon is forced to fund the pensions of Amazon employees who aren’t even born yet! then lets see what their profit margin is.

    Also Amazon may have “their own delivery service”, but here in the terrible sand kingdom of Arizonastan, that last mile is handled by…the USPS. Just like they’re the last mile delivery service for FedEx. (ground at least, the profitable stuff is handled by FedEx’s own delivery trucks).

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    • Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

      Yeah, another case of Red Staters suffering more of Trump gets his way.

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    • tengrain says:

      Well said, BDR.

      I would also add that the USPS (or any other government agency) is by definition not a profit center. And by law, they have to treat all customers (usually citizens) the same for a uniform level of service.

      Rgds,

      TG

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    • Bruce388 says:

      As I understand it the 75-year pension requirement was foisted on the USPS by the Goopers in Congress. They wanted to do a favor for their contributors, UPS and Fed Ex. It’s a safe bet neither company has similar requirements.

      Of course, we know that Trump is totally ignorant of that, among other things.

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      • C Montgomery Burns says:

        The plan was to force the PO into bankruptcy and sell it off (actually sell off it’s almost fully funded pension fund) to the highest Wall St bidder.

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  3. Steve-O says:

    Perhaps tRump could teach the US Postal Service how to mismanage itself into a semi-profitable bankruptcy.

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