As fewer Americans write letters, increasing numbers pay their bills online and magazines continue losing subscriptions, the U.S. Postal Service is feeling the pinch. Although stamp prices have risen to the point that fewer people send Christmas cards each year, the hefty, annual base salary of Postmaster General Megan Brennan has escalated to $245,000 — making the former mail carrier the second-highest paid U.S. government official, after the president of the United States. (President Trump does not take his salary.)
Now the Washington Examiner reports a bipartisan group of lawmakers have warned that the U.S. Postal Service “could cease to function by this summer” if it doesn’t receive immediate help.
“This is a national emergency. The negative effects of this crisis will be borne hardest by those in rural areas — where millions of Americans are currently sheltering in place and relying on the Postal Service to deliver essential supplies,” the leaders of the Postal Preservation Caucus wrote in this letter to congressional leadership.
They state the volume of packages and mail being delivered has dropped over 30% during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Postal Service is expected to lose $13 billion this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, and $10 billion during the next fiscal year. The Postal Service board of governors now demands $25 billion in emergency funding.
What they neglect to mention are the ongoing rate hikes, many of which, such as domestic Priority Mail Flat Rates, increased in price January 26, 2020. This linked USPS Postal Explorer site is anything but user friendly, forcing those who fund it to have to dig deep for information. Postal workers, employed by the federal government and whose only job requirement is a high school diploma, also have a generous retirement plan.
If the post office is on a “diet” like the rest of us, why does it keep issuing new stamps honoring politically correct issues and people? Hiring illustrators and printing full color stamps is not a necessity. Flag stamps get the mail to its destination the same as any of these.
During negotiations over the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, President Trump warned he would veto the bill if it provided additional aid to the Postal Service. The bill originally included a $13 billion grant which was replaced in the legislation with a $10 billion loan to the independent agency — it is not a cabinet department.
President Trump has once again donated his salary to charity. Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic he contributed his 2019 4th quarter paycheck of $100,000 to the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services.