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Trump’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Plans To Make Mail Slower And More Expensive, And People Wondered Why He Still Has A Job

Donald Trump made a seemingly endless list of questionable hires over his presidency. One of the more notorious ones was Louis DeJoy, a businessman and Republican Party fundraiser whom Trump appointed as Postmaster General last summer and quickly made a number of controversial moves that slowed down the mail. Upon assuming office, current president Joe Biden fired a lot of Trump staffers, but he hasn’t done the same with DeJoy. And now the head of the post office is looking to make still more awful-sounding changes to how the nation’s mail is delivered.

According to The Washington Post:

DeJoy, with the backing of the agency’s bipartisan but Trump-appointed governing board, has discussed plans to eliminate a tier of first-class mail — letters, bills and other envelope-sized correspondence sent to a local address — designated for delivery in two days. Instead, all first-class mail would be lumped into the same three- to five-day window, the current benchmark for nonlocal mail.

That would effectively mean mail delivery that’s not only even slower but also more expensive. And the United States Postal Service under DeJoy is already not doing well: The Post reports that, at the end of 2020, only 38 percent of mail was delivered on time, holding up not only holiday packages and cards but also prescriptions.

Mind you, the changes are not expected to greatly impact local service, but they may affect banks, insures, retailers, and publications. First-class mail also may not be shipped by airplane, forcing everything by delivered by truck.

And then there’s DeJoy’s hope to raise prices for slower service:

The operational shifts would coincide with a push for significantly higher postage rates — which DeJoy has said was “imminent” — after the agency lost $9.2 billion in 2020 due to steep, pandemic-related declines in mail volume. It also has $188.4 billion in liabilities, the bulk of which is tied to pension and retiree health care obligations. Leaders have long sought to raise new revenue and, in 2021, are expected to pursue the first big postage rate increase in more than a decade, which could add up to a 9 percent jump compounded annually.

DeJoy has defended his controversial changes in the past, saying it had to do with keeping the USPS afloat as a business. Others, however, accused him of trying to slow down the mail in the run-up to a national election that was partly done via absentee ballots, some of which had to be mailed in. If so, at least that plan didn’t work out in the end.

When the news hit, a lot of people on social media wondered how DeJoy still has a job.

Others pointed out that it’s near impossible for Biden to fire DeJoy.

Or is it?

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