BREAKING: DeJoy Suspending Changes (until after election)

I’m highly suspicious of this Axios Alert, well, of DeJoy anyway:

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement on Tuesday that he would halt operational changes and cost-cutting to the U.S. Postal Service until after the 2020 election to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail.”

Why it matters: Widespread delays and backlogs had prompted allegations from Democratic lawmakers that DeJoy and President Trump were attempting to undermine the Postal Service ahead of an election that will see a record number of mail-in ballots.

  • The House was poised to return to session on Saturday to pass USPS-related legislation, and DeJoy had been called to testify before both the House and Senate.
  • President Trump has suggested that the USPS won’t be able to handle “universal” mail-in ballots, which he has baselessly claimed will lead to a “rigged” election, without extra funding.

Between the lines: The USPS alerted 46 states and Washington, D.C. at the end of July that it cannot ensure ballots sent by mail in the general election will arrive in time to be counted. Dejoy’s statement does not address what changes the service has made since the letters were sent.

What he’s saying: “I came to the Postal Service to make changes to secure the success of this organization and its long-term sustainability. I believe significant reforms are essential to that objective, and work toward those reforms will commence after the election.”

  • “In the meantime, there are some longstanding operational initiatives — efforts that predate my arrival at the Postal Service — that have been raised as areas of concern as the nation prepares to hold an election in the midst of a devastating pandemic. “
  • “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.”

DeJoy added: “I want to assure all Americans of the following:

  • Retail hours at Post Offices will not change.
  • Mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are.
  • No mail processing facilities will be closed.
  • And we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed.”

The bottom line: “The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall,” DeJoy wrote.

The other side: “This is a start,” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has pushed for an inspector general investigation into DeJoy. “But we still need to reverse all the damage, fully fund USPS, & investigate DeJoy’s conflicts. And we need to keep our eyes on DeJoy so he keeps his promise & doesn’t find new ways to dismantle the USPS. I’ll be watching DeJoy’s actions – not just his words.”

I think Sen. Prof. Warren has it right (as usual), and as much as I hate the old Reagan-era saying of Trust But Verify, I think that’s exactly what we have to do, to the degree that we can trust anyone in The 4th Reich.

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15 Responses to BREAKING: DeJoy Suspending Changes (until after election)

  1. Perturbation says:

    With the Trump administration, distrust and verify.

    But I can believe that Trump has realized the need to backtrack on the sabotage. I know he has a habit of fucking things up and then expecting credit when he appears to fix what he fucked. But I don’t imagine this is a strategy; he just fucks up constantly and then realizes he fucked up and the fix he always thinks of after the fact is claiming it was someone else’s fault and he should get credit for un-fucking it. It’s always Hungry Hippos with this guy.

    Look, someone shat my bed last night! But I stripped the bed and slung the filthy mess in the corner. Praise me!

    In this case, I suspect he had the brilliant idea of breaking the postal service to fuck up the vote, without considering the harm to and anger among veterans, elderly and rural voters who depend on the post. I mean, he probably has about as much familiarity with the importance of the USPS to average voters as he does with a laundry machine. And now he has to deal with his mess the only way he knows how.

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    • CalicoJack says:

      Howdy Perturbation!

      You’ve pretty much nailed it. Trump blunders through life always moving forward completely oblivious to the flotsam of wrecked human lives he leaves in his wake using anything and everything he encounters as self-aggrandizement and completely confused when we don’t acknowledge him as the very model of the modern stable genius that he is.

      He is narcissism incarnate.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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  2. buckobear says:

    As has been said, “Watch what they do, not what they say.”

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  3. julesmomcat says:

    So – is DeJoy ordering the collected mailboxes to be returned to where they were removed? Or is he just putting further removals on hold, to silence all the bad publicity he’s getting?

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  4. Infidel753 says:

    I’ll be watching DeJoy’s actions – not just his words

    Damn straight. Don’t trust this toady any further than you could throw Hair Furor himself. Right up to the date of the election, they’re going to keep trying to pull shit.

    But even this does show the power of public outrage. Well, the power of that plus twenty states threatening lawsuits and the FBI threatening an investigation.

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    • CalicoJack says:

      Howdy Infidel!

      It’s going to go past the date of the election. My guess is that they’ll be filing suit in Dem leaning precincts in key battle ground states to get votes eliminated. If they were actually organized and capable of such things — the one saving grace is that they are not — they would already have the basis of the suits drawn up and the precincts picked out. But, the idea has already occurred to someone in the Trump re-election campaign, and we’ll see who the hand-picked justices side with when it’s democracy or autocracy they’re deciding between. #GOPDystopia

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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  5. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    DeJoy probably realizes that he’d stand a decent chance of ending up in the pokey if Trump loses.

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    • tengrain says:

      B-4:

      He could end up in the pokey either way. I think a conspiracy to commit election fraud probably has a long time out.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  6. roket says:

    Trust But Verify? Sorry. Trust is no longer an option. His sole purpose is to destroy his competition so he’s lying. His toadies have been installed and there is much mischief to be done. The gait has simply been reduced to baby steps. Temporarily. Until after the election. wink

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  7. CalicoJack says:

    Howdy y’all!
    While authorization for overtime hours can easily be re-instated and the mail drop boxes probably won’t effect the mail pick-up and delivery much one way or another, the high-speed sorting machines make a big freaking difference. My understanding is that they’ve removed like 700 of them from sorting centers in Dem leaning areas and at least some of them have been destroyed. That’s damage that cannot easily be undone since those machines are (a) expensive, (b) so specialized that there isn’t a stock of them sitting in some warehouse, and (c) take a while to install. They’re happy to stop, because they’ve accomplished 90% of what they set out to do without the possibility of repairing the damage.

    Huzzah!
    Jack

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    • MDavis says:

      And we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed.
      Weasel words detected: approved as needed
      There will be no need as far as DeJoy is concerned.
      Let’s prioritize – deliver ballots, or deliver this mailbag full of prescriptions.
      The USPS personnel will just have to get it done without overtime.

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