This tweet from Comrade Stupid made me think about the Lost in Space clip:
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? Should be charging MUCH MORE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
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. §§ 202–203). 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.)