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Biden Takes First Step Toward Removing Corrupt Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

It's about time.

On Friday, President Joe Biden announced his nominees for two positions on the US Postal Service’s Board of Governors. This could be a crucial first step in the process to remove Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has been an absolute disaster for the USPS.

Ever since Republicans in Congress voted to force the Postal Service to fully fund its pensions 75 years in advance β€” something no other organization on the planet has to do β€” the USPS has been financially struggling. To have to keep that much money on hand at all times in a business with such a small overhead is nearly impossible. But Republicans want to replace the publicly-funded Postal Service with privatized mail, in order to maximize profits and minimize public expenditures that benefit the working class.

But before DeJoy, the USPS had never been in such dire straits.

America may never even have known what DeJoy was up to inside the Post Office if Donald Trump hadn’t constantly talked about how “dangerous” mail-in voting was. Once we made that connection, however, it was clear that everything DeJoy was implementing as policy at the USPS was designed for two purposes: To win the election for Trump and to run the public service into the ground.

Unfortunately, the only way a Postmaster General can be replaced is through the USPS Board of Governors, and too many of the current ones are allies of DeJoy.

Biden has now selected replacements for two of those allies, opening a path to removal of the corrupt head of the USPS. Currently, the Board is made up of four Democrats, four Republicans, and one registered Independent. Rules allow for there to be as many as five Governors from one political party, and Biden intends to replace one Democrat and one Republican on the current Board with two Democrats.

If these nominations go through, Americans could see mail delivery speed back up and prices go back down.

Andrew Simpson
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Andrew is a dark blue speck in deep red Southwestern Arizona, writing with the conviction of 17 years at the keyboard and too much politics to even stand. When not furiously stabbing the keys on breaking news stories, he writes poetry, prose, essays, haiku, lectures, stories for grief therapy, wedding ceremonies, detailed instructions on making doughnuts from canned biscuit dough (more sugar than cinnamon β€” duh), and equations to determine the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. A wife, three kids, and a grandson round out the story, and in his spare time, Andrew loves to think about how nice it would be to have spare time.

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