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What Will Amazon Do Next in 2021?
"The other day announced a new ceo. And so we're is amazon. Going in two thousand twenty one and how can small business owners actually participate hit. Help is jason boys. A season entrepreneur and nationally rise x. nationally recognized expert on amazon. He's considered the world's leading expert in dot com third party sellers. He's the founder and ceo of avenue seven media llc a seller group that harnesses the power of amazon for direct to consumer product brands. He's also the co author of the amazon jungle. The truth about amazon and the sellers guide to thriving on the world's most perilous e commerce marketplace jason. Welcome to the show. Thank you bury. Congratulations to you. Six hundred and twenty six show twelve years you know. He started with just one person. So tell me how you've been doing during this pandemic. Our business has been booming Amazon scott galloway came out and wrote a book about The pandemic amazon a company that was built for something like a worldwide pandemic and they've benefited greatly and frankly so's my business. Because so many small businesses that had regional brick and mortar retail store outlets that. Just shut down on him and folks were were kind of on the fence prior to the pandemic called and said jason get amazon tomorrow. Can you help me so our business has been. I mean we keep up very hits been it's been You know a bittersweet story. It's good news that our businesses doing great as results pandemic. But it's been a really difficult time for everyone. Any recession is always winners. And there's losers. But i tell you one thing jason happen. This year that i never thought could happen in relation to amazon. I couldn't believe they couldn't deliver in two days. Came buried i. I made some predictions in early october. That fda and amazon delivery network was going to break. It ended up not breaking but they broke the post office. They bury them with so met much volume that they literally couldn't couldn't handle it and you're absolutely right. There were very few packages that were delivered to people's doors within two day window within that one day window even still though what they did. This holiday in terms of ramping up delivery final mile warehousing added fifty percent of square footage and like four months. I mean it's historic area. It's pretty incredible what they did so just recently announced. Jeff bezos is going to step down. Ceo and there was a joke on facebook. That says well i guess he's fully invested 401k. Now that's why he's stepping down. But one predictions you have for twenty twenty one with amazon given a new ceo and the hopefully the winding down of the pandemic. Yeah well you know. I hope jeff vases is going to be okay with the pay reduction. Moving from fulltime. Ceo to just executive chairman. You think you'll be okay hope but yeah you look i. I don't think that amazon is going to miss a beat. You know the minute. The announcement came out which by the way was interesting enough announced around the same time as their blow out. Q four earnings call Historic in its own right Potentially to deflect which amazon's pr department is really good at About how great they have benefited in his really tough time for our country But look amazon's not going to miss a beat andy jazzy. Jeff clone bleeds amazon. Blew has been basically attached to jeff bezos hip for more than twenty years. He's an incredibly talented competency. Oh who took. Aws from zero to fifty percent market share in the cloud. Space according to gartner so He's incredibly talented. He will help Execute on jeff bezos division. Basil's we'll take a back seat behind. The curtain is gonna shove jesse in front of congress and answer. All those difficult antitrust questions and basis is going to work on what he loves doing which is invention and future technology. Whatever amazon looks like five ten years from now will have been developed from. Basil's mind so he's not going anywhere. He's just removing himself from some of the shall we say more uncomfortable task. It's going to land on jesse's lap in the next You know one to ten years. As i trust drums or are beating louder and louder. So let's talk about some of the trends that you've been discussing Tell us about how you think. Amazon is getting into healthcare. They are already in healthcare. I mean they're providing primary care for you know scores of their own employees tens of thousands of their employees they They famously removed themselves from joint venture with jamie diamond and berkshire hathaway recently In the rumors from within inside amazon at the reason they did that is because they were holding back and the amazon pharmacy group which spun up recently. we're saying we can't move fast you know. We can't move fast because we're being held up by chasing in berkshire hathaway. So i saw that. A lot of a lot of people in the press came out berry and said oh. This means amazon can't figure out healthcare. It's too difficult. It's too challenging. I didn't see that at all. I just saw that you know amazon. Saw this as cutting weight so that they can really focus on what they do. And that's innovate
James West on invention and inclusion in science
"James west was born in nineteen thirty one and grew up in prince edward county virginia in before we dove into his research and work as a mentor. I wanted to know more about little kid. Jim and his relationship to science the desire to know how things work and why they were was my biggest motivator and i Completely forgot about this on purpose. But i took my grandfather's pocket watch support hundred and five pieces zenit. But i couldn't get it back together which resulted in rather severe punishment but it didn't tear my desire to know and understand how things work and so i was told that i could only take things apart that weren't working and that was the wrong thing. Say to me. Because if i could break it i did so i could get it. Why caesar now you're you're breaking stuff you're like look it doesn't work so right. Okay i mean were you. Were your parents. Supportive of your interest in in engineering and science absolutely not i was going to be the doctrine brother the data stove. I swear versa. They didn't care which would went. Only that it went in one of those two directions and When i told my father that i was changing my major from biology to physics He introduced me to two black men who have. Phd's and chemistry that were working in the post office score poem order on the railroad because the best job they could get was teaching at high school. And that didn't pay enough to support their families and he thought that i was well on the way to becoming one of them because You could be a preach at teacher lawyer doctor. But that was about it and terms of professions or black people and prince edward county virginia but in the face of all that jim stuck with it he graduated from temple university with a degree in physics and then went on to work at bell. Labs for more than forty years and his big invention with gearhart. The foil electric microphone didn't come from trying to solve one specific problem. I didn't. I don't think sat down and looks invent a better microphone. That was not the motivation at all. The motivation was why does nature behave in the way that it does. And and if i can understand that then how can i apply my knowledge to improving or to make things work better or lasts longer in this case. Oh to increase lifetime right okay. So so mu- because my understanding of this gym and you can. You can grade me. And i'm i'm worried about my grade but so basically this is really basic but microphone convert sound into an electrical signal right and it needs power to do that and you. Youtube found a material that you could basically be kind of permanently so you know basically permanently charge so instead of like necessarily needing an extra battery in there you know. You've you've got it without that. And that material that you found was essentially teflon foil urinate less. Okay okay. well now. That i've got my a plus in science. Let's let's talk. Let's talk more about bringing people new stem the thing. It's the thing that you're passionate about thinking that i'm passionate about so you know in your experience what works or if you feel like it's more importantly what doesn't when you're trying to bring people into snap well i think honesty is is The the very important role. It's not all roses so we get some thorns to nature. Doesn't always behaving the way that you you'd think it should. And and i think honesty's important because you want to succeed and and if you know that nature is not always going to work the way you'd think it works this gives you the fortitude to continue to your investigation will continue looking for a solution to a particular problem. In other words. There are two sides stored the glory side. And then there's the the grunge side but even more important science and technology got us to where we are and it's the only thing that's going get us further or out of whatever difficulty that we have a global warming all these problems. We need more diverse teen stem. diversity has been shown to be have an advantage. I used to worry about brainstorming sessions. Where all the white guys over here. And i was over ear but guess what solution west somewhere in between. And this is what. I learned that. Even though i taken same courses you know the same disciplines. I think differently as the black man than white males to yeah but this diversification is what makes this country great and what is very disturbing is that were not taking full advantage of our natural resources in human beings that can work and be productive in the field and this is the reason that i continue to push to make it available in. Jim's been pushing for a long time you can trace his efforts back to nineteen seventy at bell labs. Winning helped form the association of black laboratory employees all the way to jim's work today with his graduate students at johns hopkins university and nonprofit called the end genuity project. They offer math and science programs to students in baltimore public schools. Jim told me a story about joining their board of directors. Back in two thousand fourteen. When when i was asked if i would be interested in joining booed i wanted to know what the program's really all about and what i found. Was that the majority of students in the program mayhem and that. This did not represent the demographics of the city of ballroom. So i said looking. Put me on the board. But i'm going to make some changes. I am a change agent here because this does not represent city baltimore and not enough black people and women in the scrotum but today the program is eighty percent underrepresented naarden winning big shift. Not only that are the last time i looked two years ago. We graduated one hundred students all of them. Fellowships and scholarships seven were admitted to johns hopkins. And by the way these changes were made without ever touching the requirements for the permanent. Okay so what does this say to you. The says that they're talented people out there that we're not taking advantage if we can make that kind of change in the city of baltimore within a finite number of years with this is certainly an indication to me that there are underrepresented minority and women who are in love with science and really really look for opportunities to get in and and genuity project made that offer and they they took us up on it and i'm so glad they did. Okay so jim. I hope you don't mind me sharing this. You just tell me if you don't want it in the episode but by the time this interview comes out you will of turned ninety congrats birthday. Well thank you. So what's your advice for young scientists for young inventors who may be see themselves in you. What advice would you give them. Well there's so many things that i can think of. But i but more importantly is to follow your star you know. I'm pretty sure that whoever made me said make a scientist and a not fulfill that responsibility us. Oh i think that the happy people those people that are doing what they love to do. And if it science gray but in many cases you don't know whether it science not because you haven't had the exposure right that would tell you whether the something you think you would be interested in doing so Museums of books on and on and on learn. Learn as much as you can as early as you can. And the only major major advices learn all the math that you possibly can because it
Red Dead Online players finally get solo-friendly missions
"Red dead online players finally get solo friendly missions and this one comes from cast. Marshall are polycom. read did online's missions are often bedouin players grew up into a posse but a new in game activity is meant only for solo players. Players can now take pine and new source of employment mission type. The puts plaza cellular lobby for a dangerous scenario to these missions are delivered via telegrams. A cowboys can pick up the message. Camp or post office from the telegram will be available in the play satchel and you can reply telegram mission. And they'll increase in difficulty and rewards with each rank so far. Three telegrams are available. The first has the play intercept. a wholesale. a wild arabian racehorse. And then take it to a criminal contact so far taming. The horse hasn't been powered read. it online. Says to finally see that player on the second mission has a player rubbing the mayor of dini of some prize gems which looks like a promising many heist. Finally the third mission. Has you escorting a wagon protecting the driver from salem. New release hints at future telegrams maybe multiplier these missions take plays into their lobby. And this is big news for people who are tired of public lobbies grief or hackers and it means they can reliably make money without themselves up to risk of going through the game of death. Match racing playlists these missions. Now live in the game and open to all players regardless of rank or resources and rockstar is running a weekly bonus for the naturalist rome including ten gold goldberg discount of the naturally sample kit and double rewards the free roam
Election of Democratic chair portends change at post office
"Former labor leader with ties to the Obama administration has been elected chairman of the US postal service board of governors marking the first step in a potential shake up Ron Blum who is with the United steel workers union and an adviser during the auto industry bailout was elected by fellow members of the postal service board of governors to serve as its new leader ousting former Republican National Committee chair Mike Duncan who does remain on the governing board there were calls for president bite into outright fire Postmaster General Lewis to joy appointed by president trump who's been blamed for service cutbacks the delayed absentee ballots made mail late and led to a dismal on time performance during the holidays in a pandemic but only the board can fire the Postmaster General but a president can use appointments to reshape the board which currently has a Republican majority Jackie Quinn Washington
Washington Monument closes indefinitely to the public
"Monument is closed today and it is not clear when it's going to open again. The National Park Service says That's an order protect both the staff in visitors from covert 19. The monument is also closed back on January 11th as part of security measures around President Biden's inauguration. Bark service says it's keeping him eye on the public health metrics in the DC area and other indoor attractions operating status to determine win it might be safe to reopen. Other park service run facilities like Ford's Theater and the old Post office tower are also closed.
Zcoin: Looking After The Community With Reuben Yap
"Let's start off with you. Know for viewers. What exactly is a z coin. There's a lot of privacy. Focused crypto currencies out there. Different types of token people are sometimes confused between the differences. So you know how long has z coin been out and what exactly is some of the benefits you can do it. Right so Zeke hainan Main in two thousand sixteen. I think probably in the work of oil probably sought bali one and a half years before that. can be launching the twentieth of september. Two thousand sixteen so we can just post office having Just like i mean upper months ago. So that's really exciting and what we do in z. Coin that we really really belief in the importance of a ripple that is uncensored book and private because we feel that if you want to have an ought to ought to the financial system in asked to be both Private and or it to be uncensored in unseasonable privacy's also asked important As well especially with bitcoin now you know every single from sexton is is kind of recalled. The payments lee on the blockchain barry single movement of a coin is traceable promise in inception and i think you know what we do to provide privacy's we allow people to actually destroy the coins and at any time in the future to regain them for brand new ones with no previous transcendent history. It's almost wiping all the transaction history and getting fresh virgin coins and that's the crux of technology. And we've used this being the all. This technology is kind of homegrown is not a faulk of something else and we do have independent research and we probably can talk a bit more about that later. Yeah yeah that's really really interesting to hear. I think that's one of the things that that is unique. You know i've i've read a lot about even for the employees in internal stakeholders developers. Will you all offer a burning redeem different privacy models at y'all have switched recently and You know one thing that maybe you could talk about. Is i heard that you all kind of bitch. The founders reward and you increase development for funding post having or at least. That's what your plans are. So why did you take this approach. As opposed to other protocols out there that still do keep that founder reward into the protocol. It seems that you all are working hard to support the community. Keep them happy. I think he's a balanced right. I mean on the one hand you know people unfortunately see founder words and stuff like that. It's a formal and reaching and reaching the faltas or the initial investors. And they don't see as like a peel community project by the same time. I mean realistically except for very few handful of of really really projecting even those suffering for funding You expect of like development improvements on almost like a donation basis is also very difficult. I mean you know you take a look at a bitcoin. Right it's funded by you. Know a lot of funds but it d- may be pursuing their own interests. Even someone like lou dash junior. He couldn't get funding. He's been like a call developer for so long and he he's like i need the final edition of what because the on enough. I mean bitcoin is like the biggest cryptocurrency and dean of having problems. Funding green itself has a green another privacy. Coined the ailsa struggling You know they have the handful of programmers and very reliant on on donations that may or may not continue coming along. And that's a really bad way to attract allen who want job stability and things like that right. I mean that's something to be expected of. You wanna try thailand. You have to be able to pay them
No Crowds, but Times Square Ball Drop Is Still Happening
"We're gonna have teams working up and down those block. Anyone that starts to gather. They're gonna be told to move along. We're not going to allow people to stand on the street corner. Stare up our cops on the Steve Yoshi Fields are gonna be out there. Moving them along consistently. Don't come. Do not come to the area. If you think you're gonna be able to stand there and watch the ball, you're mistaken. Don't come watch it on home. It will be a spectacular television show. Next year. We'll gather together and we'll fell Times Square. But this year don't even attempt to come down there to watch it, Chief of department Terrence Monahan and he means it. Times Square will be closed to the public on New Year's Eve, but dozens of frontline workers and their families will be allowed near the stage. The new Morning Han Train Hall of the Farley Post Office Open today. It's part of a grand revamping
New York's New Moynihan Train Hall Is Set To Open January 1st
"Hall is set to open January 1st in a press release, Governor Cuomo's office says the $1.6 billion project transforms the century old James a Farley Post office building into a modern transit hub and says the new quarter million square foot space space will will increase increase Penn Penn Station Station size size by by 50%. 50%. After After the the original original print print plan plan was was criticized criticized as as a a taxpayer taxpayer funded funded mall mall that that did did little little to to address address train train service. service. Governor Cuomo proposed adding eight new tracks to increase capacity of Penn Station Ah, plan that require acquisition of an entire blocks south of the the midtown midtown midtown transit transit transit hub. hub. hub. Construction Construction Construction on on on the the the train train train hall hall hall began began began in in in 2017, 2017, 2017, and and and it's it's it's named named named for for for the the the late late late New New New York York York Senator Senator Senator Daniel Daniel Daniel Daniel Daniel Daniel Patrick Patrick Patrick Mon Mon Mon him him him who who who advocated advocated advocated for for for the the the project project project for for for many many many years. years. years.
"I started our tell them. It's me god. Hey y'all this is lisa and his car and this is pop fashion. Lisa how are you. I'm i'm on the edge of my year car. I ready to fall off a cliff. Twenty twenty clip into an abyss. That's probably secretly a post office. That is a great mental image to start off the show. I appreciate that this is about to fall into a endless pit of male. Excellent corley wraps mail. Yeah that's my entry to. That's what i have to contribute today at. Look into the post office like every other day for the past week. Why did i want so badly to wrap the gifts that i ordered online and then mail them to my family. I see the post office is where i go to lose faith in humanity. I know at such a mailing quagmire right now to. It's harsh out there. They're talking like it's historic level problems with shipping right now so everybody just hang on. Santa will get there when he gets there right. It'll get there but like also if you're y'all bends the post office you're done but just i just want you all to like think of me. Finally when you mentally envision me waiting in line at the post office and the woman behind me. Just talk to me. No and tells me that. Her muscle relaxer made her constipated. This this really truly happens like two days before we're recording. And i was like fuck my line. Wow wow wow lisa why these people engaging in so many reindeer games on my car and gets on the phone today. She's like these reindeer games. Call it everything from now until the end of the season man. My buddy better stop at those reindeer games. You can send that right through january. That's a that's a it's seasonal because it's winter you know reindeer don't just disappear on december twenty six. I ended that. Yes right i mean. They aren't mythical they actually. They're real with that in mind. Should we i mean. Let's talk about some reindeer game right here. So we're going to start with the sing. y'all wanna talk about. Let's on our instagram here. We go anna winter at legit wrote my notes. Anna wintour t. s anna wintour s. She's been editor in chief of us. Vogue for the jillian years like honestly since nineteen eighty eight. That's older than a lot of you. And since two thousand fourteen she's been conde nast. Us artistic director and now she's got a new promotion. All of a sudden conde nast was named her. Its first ever global chief content officer which means that she will oversee all five vogue editions worldwide and all of conde nast brands so that includes chiku new yorker vanity fair bunches of others. It is all an effort to unify u s global segments of the publishing house of conde nast but like anna wintour has not had the easiest year. Cutting ask first of all. He's laying off people. So which is not a good look for the company right and then you're going to promote this woman who like basically runs the media world and whole bunch of black and brown folks. Staffers came out this summer and said that when toward didn't take them seriously over the years that she's been editor she brought to do better but the question in my mind is just. Do we need to just keep giving anna and tour promotions. She still going to be out. Yeah so she's going to oversee all twenty-five vocations worldwide including the us one that she's already editor us and olive conde nast brands like being the. Let's backup. I would like to call this segment the wind tour of my discontent. They give all day to say that to me. No i haven't. But when i start thinking about those reindeer games led me here. We go down this road She's gonna stay to editor vogue. She's doing all this other stuff and goodness knows when you have one job you want seventeen other jobs. One of my guys are hilarious when we put this up on instagram. Because i put up without terry and then you guys just ran with it. We have the best listeners. You guys are so funny so insightful. And so so laser sharp. Just cutting like y'all are are cruel and i like it our listeners. Lauren dropped in. The comments are instagram post. I like how you just dropped. That turned here. That was exactly the one. I thought you were gonna say. Yeah which first of all you know who i am because i just wanted to present without commentary and see what happened I am struggling with understanding. The torah really did have a place in fashion history. That was very important. Juxtaposed with it's time to go. I look back. And i wanted to kind of like look through some dates and i want to remind everybody that this magazine has been around since eighteen ninety two it had its first black person to photograph the vote cover and twenty eighteen twenty eighteen. That is shameful. She cannot say but she's vowing to do better and then nothing changes. I just like i. I can't i'm wrestling with the idea that like. She harnesses power when she wants to. And then this summer when she had an apology. Not i've just basically like not including black and brown people.
Atlanta Preacher On The Georgia Runoff Election
"About your your ministry Apostle Winston. Tell us a little bit about greater works Assembly. Okay, well, Greater works seven really has been around now, for about 20 years, 2022 To be exact. We started in one of the most fluid sections of the city and North Fayette counties, South Fulton And moved to Southeast Atlanta in 2000 moved to the one of the poorest sections of the city and and launched greater works Church of greater works with an emphasis on going beyond the benediction, embodying The teachings of Jesus to do greater works, and we named the greater works so that we could embody Uh, burden to look out for those who were disenfranchised and disinherited. So we excuse me. We ended up Attracting people from all over the city in different parts of the city to the Seine and Southeast Atlanta and now being shifted was still doing ministry still got our Han mandate to do greater works. And we have William, but embrace online platforms and once the everything's clear out, cleans out will be back in in in in the trenches. Doing what were called to do, which is to affirm the work and dignity of all, however, knowing that were caused to not just have church but to be the church. All right, everybody along with a possible general Winston is also Reverend Keyes job all Hammond with new Generation Baptist Church in historic South Atlanta. Reverend Hammond tell us something about new generation with new generation were definitely a post office and everything that I've been in ministry Possible instance, resting and then a message to me over the years, so I'm glad that we're it was never been able to connect on some very important issues. Underlying in the city of Atlanta. And in this nation, me generation that decision. He doesn't have a mandated emission to reach the market. Lives have to be appealing, all right in the community. Of our goal is touching the work of Jesus. A lot of people walk around with abrasions. What were you doing? The hard thing is do what Jesus did. And we live by the mantra of the model. If you're not here to make you give me one. Why are you here? So I go in the precinct, Simplistic gospel on but then do the work that's required the back the back up with teachings with the actual works. The action. That's where we are, and we're talking about the election. Of course, we have run off elections that are coming up on January. The fifth and we have a coalition of ministers who are getting involved in the whole boating elections matter here, Joining me today, Reverend Darrell Winston and Reverend Keith Hammond and what they're part of what 100, Georgia ministerial leaders have issued an open letter. To the incumbent Senator Kelly Leffler, calling for her to quote unquote sees her false political ad attack against candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock and the black churches. Quote unquote prophetic tradition rooted in truth telling again. My guest today are the Reverend Keith Hammond with New Generation Baptist Church in historic South Atlanta. And a possible Daryl Winston with greater works assembly Also in Atlanta. So Apostle western, Why did how did you all come together and decide first and foremost that this was something that you all needed to do? Well, we we know historically. That euro centric theologians and Eurocentric pastors and preachers. Have rejected or ignored what we call the African American worship experience. They think that we dare not trust that we did not speak to speak truth to power. It is why Dr King wrote the letter from the Birmingham jail because it was the white moderates that were challenging him and his position. When we considered that we connect the dots, it's the same screen is the same. Ideology rooted in white supremacy. And that is don't, uh, don't preach, preach redemption and focus on personal sins. But don't preach redemption. That address the oppressive conditions that have marginalized people and disenfranchised people. So for the African American preacher Has been trained and developed in the prophetic tradition of the black Church, which is truth telling speaking truth to power. We know that redemption for us is liberation on we know that liberation means that we must address human caused conditions and Human caused disorders and anything that has been sent to, uh affect the masses of people. And to Meyer them and suffering. We must address that in every dimension in every autumn. So one day swishy and our campaign start using those demeaning this respect. Old words against preacher. This Creature and the black Church. We know then it is to strike the fear. It's fearmongering, but it is striking the tone of hatred. It is Raymond the claim in the fans of bigotry playing to these Racist stereotypes where many in the euro center or your American community or white evangelicals marked black Church and marked the black preacher. So we take exception with that, And we know that we have collectively and individually historically of had to call even America to repent. Had it not been for the profit model of the king and the several profits down through the ages. America would be in the worst shape than it is, and we know tent then that After American preacher has never been accepted by the status quo, due to the fact that Dr King was persona non grata when he spoke out against the Vietnam War. As long as he was in the streets, and we're dealing with the dogs and water hoses. But when he stood at the historic, um Church, Riverside Church in New York and call for the reducer redistribution of wealth calling for the shifting and public and policies and strategy in Vietnam. And so it is because we know that America is yet to be the United States. We have too much going on in our community too much going on in this nation for preachers after American preacher to be muzzled and not to be concerned about The suffering masses all over the world. And so we relate the teachings of Jesus to the struggle for human rights everywhere the struggle for for righteousness and justice. Dance how we approach the Gospel of Jesus because we know the Jesus who we follow Kane to us born in a new oppressed community up under Roman rule. They could not. They were not able to define for themselves nor defend for themselves. We understand that so Jesus the Christ Jesus, the Messiah. Pain and the backdrop of his coming woz marginalized communities. So when we have these type of commercials, a demeaning and this and this honoring we know is speak in the ancient racial stereotypes. Okay? He, Of course, Everybody is a possible Gerald
New York City clears up bathroom rules for outdoor dining
"On social media, New York City and the state have amended the outdoor dining rules to allow customers to use restaurant bathrooms. Here's WCBS is Marla Diamond. Backlash was so severe that it didn't take long for the state to reverse the rule at the city's request, much to the relief of George Constantino, who owns three restaurants in Park Slope, It's just ridiculous. Constantino asks why restaurants are being targeted and it's like what's next. You have to compare this to like, Go into the you know long lines at the post office going to Costco going toe. Card game going to whole foods where there's just loads and loads of people, you know, and it makes no sense. That should be an all or nothing approach, and we definitely need relief as soon as possible because it's just really is becoming unbearable. Another rule will
"post office" Discussed on Reset
"Two thousand sixteen. But now that we're through the election and despite this a central function the postal service is still in trouble. In fact the agency can run out of money next year here to explain why and possible ways to save. The postal service is rica's deputy editor adam clark. Estes hey adam. So what's the big deal like. Why is the post office in trouble. The postal service has been in trouble for a few years in. It's a financial thing to make a long story short. Starting about fifteen years ago the postal service had to start prepaying. It's retirement benefits which make its finances look really bad. So even.
The IRS has 1 million unprocessed tax returns
"So this is a mess. New report about the irs poured it on by the motley fool that the irs still has over a million tax returns for various reasons could not be filed electronically and had to be filed by paper that they still haven't even gotten to open yet people that were do refunds or waiting for those refunds. And you may remember. We had the problem that we talked about on our show Back in late summer where people were getting. Notices for non-payment of tax bills with penalties and interest and the letters are very For computer generated letter pretty unfriendly and the irs. Finally stop sending out those notices because the problem was that point. Just general male bay had somewhere round twelve million pieces of mail. They had not opened the. Irs is dealing with a massive shortage of employees and then on top of it has the second problem of so many workers working remotely. There's been no one to open mail the motley fool estimates. There's still three million letters that have been sent to the irs. In addition to tax returns that has not been opened. So if you had an issue with the irs where you are sending money and you send them money and they never have acknowledged receipt that check you sent his never cleared. This is what's going on and so when you send money to the irs. I'm going to recommend until this backlog has worked off before the Chaos that exists right now in the irs. Before it's over. I'm going to recommend that you spend a little extra money when you send an item to the irs. You can send it and away known as certificate of mailing. I don't need to censor defied mail or anything like that. But if you send certificate of mailing it is an item of proof stamp by the post office. The you have actually sent a communication of the irs and it doesn't matter that they have not opened. It will be an item proof that you did the part you were supposed to do and sent that to the irs. The other thing you can do is if you have a need to pay not a desire but a need to pay the irs money you can set up an electronic account with the irs where you have an electronic account where you pay them much like you'd pay an electronic bill pay you do that same thing with the irs. And then there's no issue that you didn't pay on time that the irs thinks that you are now attacks deadbeat you electron ecclesia paid and not only. Is there proof. Well i guess on the bad part they would have your money immediately and you wouldn't have your money anymore. I guess the one advantage to them not opening all these envelopes. Is you still have your money for an extended period of time.
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"Of things and In addition to youtube. I think i mentioned earlier. In the year. We got a disney plus subscription. Yeah yes. I have been watching a lot of science fiction and the way i end my day. Now as i get my tablet and i stay in bed and either watch film a couple of episodes of something and so far. I've worked my way through the entire marvel film catalog and the first season if the mandalorian and all of star trek discovery i've re watched altered carbon both seasons. I'm really worth what you again. Oh i love dealt carbon. I thought he was great. Board of now zone down. The first season in particular was really good. But i i really. I really like po. And he makes it for me. And then i'm i'm most of the way through agents of shield Yes we've just been watching that then you could always radio. I was very not like i expected it to be a toll. I thought it would be like a big soul forced and like all this trade try and make a series in making the film. But he's not like that. No it's it's very good very good characters and one of the characters says the same as my daughter. So that's nice. This is true. So i'm i'm out to season three and so far i've enjoyed all three seasons and i like the wild west. Give anything anyway. They sort of watching star trek Some friends of ours. Dave and yannick have a podcast t. l. gray hot. I was a stall bowls thing. That's right yes some is serenity bike i have now been on that podcast. Three times Which has been good because it caused me to. Actually go and watch some episodes and pay close attention to things in order to then like do a review of of those episodes so i've i've been moonlighting in fact. I think the latest episode. I was on with them and is out next week or something. Excellent so alan. What have you been doing with your time. I've been decluttering. I've been getting rid of things. I found it very therapeutic to catalog stuff. I think i need anymore. Hold on is the decluttering. Or is it the cataloging this therapeutic here. Yes so. I've been cataloguing some things that i don't think i need anymore but also checking on some things that have been busted like i had a st keisha. We call it for the nintendo sixty four. Dr visa sixty four in sat in a drawer for years literally because the power supply pulped and i opened the power supply and fuse blown because some other component blown and i didn't really want to go down set debugging pow supply. 'cause i'm not that expertise and someone on twitter pointed out that there's a company in hong kong who sell replacement. How supplies for this ten year old device fifteen year old device And so i ordered a power supply. So i'm probably going to sell this on ebay because now now it works and i've tested and he does still work. Now that i've gone new pow supply for it so fixing up a thing that's been signed the drool no actually get any value from that thing until now and it turns out that with a bit so I might get a bit of money for having kept in a draw for fifteen years. But yeah so i've been the the cataloging stuff on finding fascinating as well as a spreadsheet older things that i've been putting on ebay How much you know. I sold it for when it sold. What the paypal fees were how much the ebay fees were kind of stuff. So i can see you know. Have i made any money from these things. And how much of a made wall kind of price point is worth putting something on on ebay. And i've been trying to get hold of. Packaging is low cost but well packaged. and yeah. it's just been just quite enjoyable to sit with some some tape memberships and some bubble wrap and with Wrap something up and down to the post office and see the same woman who always takes my postles again yet again with some wall stuff. Yeah it's just. I found it very therapeutic knowing that there's now gaps in my house where the wills junk or stuff is good because this clearing stuff out please. The mind as well yeah. We've actually been having periodic clear as i'm sure. Any parents will attest to things last that long. When you've got us more child they they need to be refreshed and replaced and actually some of the. It's amazing some of the baby clothes that we bought hold quite a lot of value I mean they're not super fancy what we got but there's certain brands which people really go after they cost a bit more than you might get from the high street shop and therefore if people can get very slightly cheaper than full price they will plus they because the kids on in them for that long last there no walking. And you're not going outside. Yeah so they're not going to get like scuffed up and ruin we've sold you would believe it's new if if we lied about it awesome. The other thing i've been doing is listening to audio books. I remember the. I've got an audible subscription and no they don't sponsor this procast and unlike every other and i decided to take some time away from listening to podcasts. And actually listen. Listen to a book
Hiker whose heart stopped after Mt. Rainier rescue recovers
"Fistfights and fires in the nation's capital. I'm pam who so fox news supporters of president trump gathered by the thousands in washington dc. They cheered and chanted yesterday and things were mostly peaceful until it got dark counter protesters throwing fireworks clashing with those rallying for the president throughout dc streets from fistfights to all out brawl overall. There were twenty arrests. according to the mayor's office and at least seven guns were recovered. One man was stabbed. He is expected to be all right. Fox's lauren blanchard in washington to police officers were said to be heard. At least twenty arrests were made president elect. Joe biden is putting together his cabinet and could make some announcements in the coming days. This as president trump's legal team continues. Its push to overturn the election results. I am working on the massive aspect of of system wide election fraud. Definitely impacting the swing states and likely going far beyond that attorney said the powell on fox. Justice with judge janine. A number of the president's legal challenges have been thrown out of court. Alarming surges across the country in corona virus cases have state leaders taking steps to try and curb the spread governors of california oregon and washington issue joint travel advisories on friday in an effort to get a handle on surging cases in those three states. What that means is that if you traveled to any of those stage you'll be to self quarantine for fourteen. Days are also asking residents to avoid all nonessential travel out of state and limited interactions to only people who live in their homes. Fox's charles watson tomorrow another stay at home order takes effect in chicago. It will last thirty days new mexico also ordering all residents to stay home. America's listening to fox news big names and big money are descending on georgia ahead of two critical senate races. Republican incumbents kelly leffler. David purdue are heading into january fifth runoff against democratic challengers raphael. Warnock and jon ossoff and with the balance of power in the us. Senate em- play spending for these. Two run in georgia is expected to set new records exceeding at least two hundred million dollars but perhaps reaching as much as five hundred million. Fox's jonathan serrie. Last week senate republican marco rubio campaign for leffler president elect joe biden has said his campaign will do anything aitken to help off and warnock because the presidential race was so close in georgia. Five million ballots are being recounted by hand in a tweet yesterday. President trump suggested the recount is of time because signatures aren't being matched georgia's secretary of state pushed back with his own tweets explaining how the state's voting process works later today. Nasa and spacex hoped to launch four astronauts to the international space station. The crew goes up for six months. They dock their crew dragon spacecraft to the space station. It will stay there with them for the six month. Expedition former nasa astronaut. Tom jones saturday is planned launch from cape canaveral. Florida was postponed because of bad weather. A remarkable story of recovery for a hiker rescued from washington's mount. Rainier one week ago michael. No pinski was airlifted off the mountain but he died shortly after arriving at a seattle hospital. The story could have ended there but doctors work tirelessly to get us heart beating again and after forty five minutes they did lipinski who woke up two days later still has some trouble with his heart and kidneys but it continues to improve. I'm kim russo. And this is fox news. Stamps dot com brings the post office and ups shipping rights. Your computer go to stamps. Dot com to start a four week. Trial plus free post agenda digital scale with promo code fox that stamps dot com. Click on the microphone at the top of the page and type in fox. Welcome into tomorrow with dave line the interactive radio network programs with the latest in high tech products and services and the experts. Who bring them to you. This is into tomorrow. Here's dave grave line from the decks com g six studios. The future of diabetes management. Is here visit. Decks com dot com. That's d. e. x. c. o. m. dot com and. Yes as the announcer dude. Said i am dave grave line. 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Because we want to hear from you anytime on the show but if you're interested in some of the particular cool into tomorrow hot summer into the fall giveaway items then you need to call now last chance this weekend. Participate that way. Some tech news and commentary. And then we'll get back to your many award winning prize winning calls it's official. The moon is getting a four g lte network. Why does the moon native four g. Lt eanet well therese it's Twenty two thousand eight goal to build a lunar base and eventually sustaining human presence. On the moon nasa has awarded three hundred seventy million dollars to over a dozen companies to deploy technology on the lunar surface while those technologies of course include four g nasa says four g could provide more reliable longer distance communication than the current radio standards that are in place on the moon like the earth like on earth the four g network will eventually be upgraded to five g. 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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says close contests could take days or weeks to count
"Of State Alex Padilla says Election day voting in California has been mostly trouble free. So far of the 22 million registered voters. 12 Million have already voted, and Padilla says there is still time to vote. And that includes voting by mail. Mail your ballot back today and make sure it is postmarked. Today. It's postmarked today. It may not count, you know, wrote arrives within the next few days, so I got a post office. Go inside, Make sure they stamp it with a date. Teacher at a mailbox. Check the pickup time for that particular mailbox to make sure it has a past. And of course, if you know about the drop box is probably your best option or any in person voting location, Padilla says. The state has 30 days to count all votes, so some of the closer races might take days or weeks before winner is declared
Dozens of undelivered ballots found at Miami-Dade post office with mail backlog
"The big battle. U. S Postal Service is investigating stacks of mail, including ballots stuck in a post office south of Miami. Hundreds of election related lawsuits have been filed this year, including the Trump campaign, pushing back on extended deadlines. President Tweeting the election should end on November 3rd not weeks later. But with so much absentee and mail in voting this year, every ballot and voter must be validated a process that takes time that his correspondent live Lilia Luciano, some 92 million Americans have voted so far. That is more than two thirds of the ballots that were cast in the entire 2016 election.
4 dozen undelivered ballots found at Florida post office
"Post office officials are investigating after four dozen mail in ballots were founded. Homestead, Florida on delivered six completed 42 blank ballots were found among piles of undelivered mail in a post office in the Florida city. Some of the workers at the office and the files had been there for more than a week. Officials have not confirmed how long the ballots had set on delivered, where if anyone had been disciplined over the backlog
4 dozen undelivered ballots found at Florida post office
"Are investigating after four dozen mail in ballots were found in Homestead, Florida on delivered Six complete and 42 blank ballots or found among piles of undelivered mail in a post office in the Florida city. Some of the workers at that office say the piles had been there for more than a week. Officials have not confirmed how long the balances that undelivered or if anyone had been disciplined over the backlog of mail. UK Prime
"post office" Discussed on The Children's Hour
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"post office" Discussed on Planet Money
"Received about twenty five percent of their operating expenses in the form of appropriation under the new law that money went away, and that is where the mandate for them to be a self sustaining business. A business like entity. The thing is the phrase was introduced the deal that Congress gives this new business like entity goes like this US Postal Service. That's what they're called. Now, you get to keep all the stuff, the physical post offices and the mail trucks and the snazzy uniforms, and you get to keep the exclusive right to deliver stamped mail. But Congress is going to stop giving you money because you're a business. Now, Congress doesn't just give money to businesses. Usually also new postal service. We're going to need you to do something for us. Well, several things actually you have to deliver mail to every single address in the country, it'd be great if you could keep doing the whole six day week delivery thing also, you have to get permission if you want to charge more for anything or if you offer any new services or like closer a post office, you're going to need permission for that too. But otherwise, you are totally a business, go get him so you want him to operated business, but you're telling them what services they have to provide, and you're telling them how much they can charge. so they're sort of. Between a rock and a hard place for a lot of their operational decisions. But for a while, this new business version of the post office actually works people like mailing things and they're willing to pay for it year after year mail volumes just keep increasing and the postal service is able to increase their rates to cover new costs, which means revenue keeps going up, but then in the early two thousands. Email, it's cheaper. It's faster. You don't have to lick anything. First Class Mail delivery in the United States peaks in two thousand, one at one, hundred, three, billion letters, and it just goes downhill from there, which is bad news for the postal service, the old business model. Really dependent on a high volume of first class mail because that's the that's the moneymaker for the post office that same year, two, thousand, one, the GAO puts the postal service on its high risk list, which is basically a warning that if mail volume doesn't start going up again, the post office is going to be in real danger. They had poor cash flow there near their debt limit their environment. Expenses were growing the postmaster general at the time a man named John Potter is like look you want us to make real money you gotta ease up on some of these restrictions. The of letters keeps going down, but we could make up some of the money on packages. If you just let us set our own prices, he wanted the postal service to be able to make a profit that's ruth. Who at the time was a commissioner at the Postal Regulatory Commission. Later, she was the chairwoman side note she was also in the movie Dave, I played the secretary of Education. I had one line I said, thank you Mr President also the forever stamp the one that makes it. So you don't have to keep buying one and two cent stamps to keep up with rate increases. That was her idea I said Gosh you lose more money selling penny stamps to add on when you change the race. Then, you would if you just left it the same. Goldway says by the early two thousands, there were signs that the new post office has business wasn't working the same way. It had before in two thousand lost around two, hundred, million dollars in two, thousand, one, it lost one point, seven billion if the post office was truly going to be self sustaining the shackles had to come off. So in two thousand, six Congress passed a new round of postal reforms. Then just like the last time in nineteen seventy was sort of a mixed bag for the post office, they did get to set their own rates for packages. But rate increases for first class mail now couldn't increase faster than inflation and there was one very big new requirement that Republicans slipped into the bill at the last minute a requirement that the postal service prepay the cost for its workers retirement health benefits. So when the file bill came out, there were many of us were very surprised at what is this payment we have to make whatever current and former postal workers were going to get in healthcare benefits after they retired, the postal service had to pay for that now, no other government agency and almost no other business. Puts money away for future healthcare retiree benefits claims. Starting in two thousand seven the postal service had ten years until two thousand seventeen to put together this giant pool of money to cover those costs for what would be literally millions of current and former workers. All of a sudden because of this last minute addition to the new law, the postal service is committed to putting aside five billion. Every year for the next decade, which for an organization that was already struggling to turn a profit is just devastating for few years the post office pay into this fund. Then in two thousand eleven, they just stop they can't afford to anymore and now they all a lot of money and not jess for the weird pre-funding, the retirement healthcare benefits thing on top of that they also. Tens of billions of dollars for pensions and for Workers Compensation in Twenty nineteen that liability totaled one, hundred, sixty, one, billion dollars. That's David Trimble again, from the Government Accountability Office, the scale of this is massive the challenge facing them as massive financially that top line number one, hundred, sixty, one, billion, that's more than twice the money. The Post Office brought in last year the current business models. No. Longer feasible. It's financially not sustainable and its missions at risk unless their significant reforms made it's worth pointing out that if the postal service was in fact, a company there would be something. I could do something airlines, car manufacturers these companies with China obligations to pension funds and healthcare benefits that they can't afford something that they do all the time declare bankruptcy reorganize its finances really going. With. Its workers but in this sense at least the postal service is not a company bankruptcy laws would not be available for the post office to exercise and really it's Congress. It's up to Congress to address this issue. The series of choices that Congress has made over the last fifty years about how the postal services conceived and what kinds of requirements and limitations should be placed on it. Those choices have made the post office sort of Frankenstein's monster. It's kind of a business except it has so little control over how it makes money or how it cuts costs. It's kind of a part of the federal government, but except for a few tiny allocations for overseas voting and mail services for the Blind Congress doesn't pay for anything. The Postal Service, did get a loan of ten billion dollars as part of the cares. Act But that's just a low they're supposed to pay it back. So that ten billion doesn't resolve any of the core issues in terms of the fundamental challenges facing the post office that may get you a year or something, but you're essential costs are still going to sink that boat which brings us back to the new postmaster general and his new cost cutting measures after the break what I like to call to joy of downsizing. Support for NPR and the following message come from Td. Ameritrade, you can get smart with your investing with help from knowledgeable professionals, customizable tools, and education designed just for you at td Ameritrade where smart investors get smarter member. SIPC. Hale I'm Sam Sanders host of it's been. On my.
"post office" Discussed on Planet Money
"Joy You might have heard of him by now he was a big donor to president trump and the Republican Party and he was appointed by the Postal Service Board of governors, all of whom were themselves appointed by Donald trump in that introductory video. To all the mail carriers joy makes it clear that he thinks the postal service is facing all these problems. The pandemic has been bad for business for the post office and even before that people just don't send as many letters as they used to, and finally we have an expensive and inflexible business model that has largely been imposed on us and that we cannot easily change. But I did not accept this position. In spite of these challenges I accepted this position because of them since taking over in June, joy has fired or reassigned a bunch of post office executives cut overtime way back and maybe most controversially called for the removal of hundreds of male sorting machines, and all of this is happening against the backdrop of a presidential election in three months where there's going to be an unprecedented number of ballots. CAST by Mail Democrats are worried that all of the joys moves are GonNa Delay. The, mail in a way that hurts people's chances to vote. Hi I'm sorry we're trying to find a place in the house is quiet. This week we called one of those Democrats Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney at her home in New York. We're running office out of my home next since we're all quarantine anyway I'm sorry anyway. I'm ready to go what's up the Past. Couple of weeks Maloney has been peppering to joy with this series of official letters demanding answers about the changes he's made who which can I just say is one hundred percent the right way to have a fight about the post office you don't make these drastic changes in the middle of a pandemic. This is not the time to come in with actions that are disruptive to the post office. That's d'alene male representative Maloney and other. Democrats are really worried about what did joys up to they're so worried that they cut their August recess short and came back to DC for an emergency session. Maloney has introduced a bill that would require the post office to keep services at the same level they were at on January first of this year and on. Monday she's calling postmaster general joy to a hearing of the House Oversight Committee, which she chairs. We're hearing reports their decommissioning. Machines that help process mel more quickly they have taken mailboxes out they are not allowing over time. They've taken several steps that disrupt basically disrupt sabotage the ability of the department to process the mail, and as we record this podcast, the Senate Homeland Security and government affairs committee is questioning to joy themselves here who come to order I want to start by thanking postmaster general joy for as a country. We're all suddenly paying attention to the postal service in a way we haven't in years, which is probably long overdue because the United States Postal Service has been in this kind of slow motion crisis for decades. Hello and welcome to planet money. I'm Alexi Horowitz Ghazi and I'm Keith Romer. The fight over the US Postal Service is a lot bigger and goes back a lot further than the appointment of Louis to joy. It is a fifty year old battle between public service and private enterprise today on the show, we try to figure out what's gone wrong with the post office and if there's any way to fix it. Economics is about more than just charts and graphs mainly it's about people. If you ever see Lincoln squinting on petty is because ice cream the crap out of people opening businesses, following dreams struggling to build something in a chaotic world. I just remember downtown burning fat real crazy real fast on the indicator from planet money. We bring you easy to understand explanations and human stories to help you make sense of the economy and we do it in just ten minutes a day. Here at Life Kit, we know that getting your financial house in order can feel painful. Now, there's this whole corona virus pandemic to deal with our personal finance tuneup series will help you feel more confident and get you on the right track listen and subscribe to NPR's life get. The idea that the United States government would have a hand in delivering the mail goes back at least as far as the constitution. Of United States Post, office. was founded one hundred, seventy three years ago has helped to make America Great. It's right their article one, section eight the Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, Yada Yada Yada, and to establish post offices and post roads and yes people have to pay to send their letters from Philadelphia to Charleston but there is a recognition that mail delivery is this useful service and the taxpayers should subsidize that service. The Mail is going to bind the country together. It's GonNa keep people informed. About issues of national importance, it's going to let us all communicate with each other and for the first hundred, fifty years or so the system works pretty well, it's a service worth paying for and whenever the post office ends up in the Red Congress throws them the money to cover. But by the nineteen sixties, the postal system is kind of a mess rates are super-low. There's a huge surge of male and the. Post, office is less and less to deal with it. At one point. There's a backlog of more than ten million pieces of mail in the Chicago Post. Office management seriously discussed just burning it all. That is one way to get to mailbox zero in the end they did not in fact, burn the Mail on top of all this postal workers are increasingly unhappy with their wages. Their unions keep asking Congress for raise. Not really getting anywhere but there's only so much the workers can do because if you're federal employees, it's actually against the law to go on strike and then nineteen seventy, they go on strike anyway we want to work. This is the only means we have of letting Congress know that we can't take it any longer either they give us what we should have all. We will stay out on strike until hell freezes over. For a few days, Richard Nixon actually sends in the National Guard to replace some of these striking workers I have just now. Directed the activation of the men of the various military organizations to begin New York City. The restoration of essential mail services now, Nixon and frankly Democrats before him really wanted to reform the post office to do something to fix all the backlogs and delays for the past year. Almost today we took office both the postmaster general and I have been working to alleviate. Not only the legitimate grievances opposed to workers, but to move to eliminate the source of those grievances that is the obsolete postal system itself and the strike Kinda gives Nixon in Congress. The chance they're looking for in nineteen seventy President Nixon signs the postal reorganization act into law the unions get the raise they want and the right to collective bargaining and in exchange. They agreed to go along with this other change one that fundamentally transformed the post office from a pure public service to something more like a business to try to understand why this transformation was such a big deal because the Trimble from the Government Accountability Office the GAO and you guys are sort of explicitly militantly nonpartisan. Is that right? Absolutely our core values are are. Sort of violently protected within the building. Are you gonNa vote for for President? That I will not say. A couple months ago the GAO put out a report that tried to make sense of how we arrived at this current moment and Postal Service History Trimble says that one thousand, nine, hundred, seventy law changed a lot more than just how much postal workers got paid until that point the post office was a department of the federal government that old version of the post office made some of its money from stamps but the rest of came out of the federal budget, they.
"post office" Discussed on Seattle Now
"The letter carriers in blue are some of the government's most familiar and likable civil servants. Now, the post office is embroiled in a political fight over access to voting we'll dig into how it might affect your valid November with Kyw's John. Ryan that's in a minute but first, let's get you caught up. Seattle public school students will head back to class before Labor Day for the first time in a long time, the district says classes will start on September fourth for Grades One through twelve. That's a Friday after the holiday weekend kindergarteners and preschoolers will start the following Tuesday September eighth the district says the early start will give educators six full days of training to help them teach remotely. Seattle police can't question minors until they've talked with a public defender who can explain what it means to waive their rights. The Seattle City Council made the change Monday because young people don't often understand Miranda rights or they feel pressured to answer questions from police. The King County Council is expected to take up a similar change that would apply to the sheriff's department. Today. The weather is starting to cool off a bit here in Seattle but embraced in Florida, the Seattle storm are on fire. It is hot halfway through a shortened season. The storm are the best team in the WNBA at ten and one that's for the best start in team history they'll try to make it eleven and one tonight against the New York Liberty in the wobble. The inner workings of the Postal Service usually aren't front page news but as the November election gets closer changes at the agency are raising eyebrows especially because president trump has vocally opposed mail and voting kyw reporter John Ryan has been digging into how the national fight over the postal services playing out here in Washington John. Ryan good to talk to you man. Hi Trish. So. In the past few weeks president trump said, he doesn't support emergency funding for the postal service. There were some surprising internal changes at the agency, and now the house is coming back from recess a month early to try and sort all of this out. You did a story about changes coming to the postal system here in Washington. What did you discover? Yeah I found out that the postal service is removing fifteen high-speed speed letter sorting machines from facilities around the state. So these are when you mail a letter or of basically anything smaller than a package it goes through these high speed machines that faster than the human eye can even see their they're sorting it out and figuring out where the smell needs to go and internal documents that I obtained with help from some postal workers show that. A number of these are being removed from around the state, and this is similar to what's been going on. Elsewhere around the country raising concern that this might affect the post offices ability to deliver mail promptly and and securely. Big Probably very heavy mail in election coming up. Okay so these are the machines that you would probably see on like how it's made or some television show with the male whipping through, and it reads the post office or read these zip codes and sorts it according to where it's going to go. Right right. How important are these machines to getting mailed to where they need to be? What function do they play? I mean for for letters for advertising mail there they're just what how the mail gets to you. It's what's done and postal workers told me that about one fourth of all the machines, all these sorting machines around the country are being removed and closer to home nearly half of the machines at the facility and Kent and South County have been removed in recent weeks. That's the facility handles king. County, election mail, the use. Of Male for letters and for advertising has been really dropping for for many years. As we switch towards more digital, you know many millennials probably don't have stamp in their house, right? So postal service top brass say they're removing these machines to reconcile the demand and these kind of underused equipment but so far postal service spokespeople have ignored requests for more information for kind of a better more thorough explanation of just why they're doing this. One of the things I've noticed in my social media feed is that those blue postal drop boxes are being removed or I'm seeing photos and stories about them being removed, and I also saw one with a walk on it so that you couldn't use it like a big red lock. How legit are those stories that I'm seeing in my feet? As far as a lot of those who are real, they're legit also I think there's been some misinterpretation of them. The post office says it's kind of a routine thing as as they figure out Oh, this mailbox isn't getting used much and we still are paying mail carriers to come out there and check it for mail. Once or twice a day we're going to get rid of this one because that's not getting used much. That's a routine change I. I. Do know there was one photo that was a legitimate news photo from Reuters and was a picture of just stacks of these blue mailboxes up on their sides like they have been in garbage heap but it turns out what that was was a facility that the mailbox get sent to when they need to get repainted and refurbished and sent back out and that that context didn't make it in all of the social media freakout sharing of that of. That photo. I think it's I. Think there are certainly legitimately troubling changes happening or that in lots of questions should be asked about and that's what I try to do as a reporter and I think it's also true that people might be freaking out on social media and misinterpreting things that might not be as real as they appear at first glance interesting. So you can understand though of these things happening at once is really fueling speculation and some people are saying that this is a blatant attempt to steal the election right in front of our eyes should I be worried as a voter? Well, the post office says, the has ample capacity to handle mail, and you know even if everybody in America who can vote voted by mail, the post office says. That amount of mail wouldn't even compare to how much goes out each Christmas holiday season. But the postal workers that I spoke with said, well, we're going to be able to do this unless. We are blocked from doing it by political efforts to maybe curtail funding you know they they want to still be able to work overtime. Ask any union does I suppose they don't WanNa see the sorting machines remove. They don't want to see all these changes that are trying essentially to push the postal service maybe to act more like a for profit business rather. Than a service, basic public service that.
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"Rural areas social security recipients still do receive debit cards via the mail which they depend on and a lot of medicine is shipped through the postal service as well. While the postal service is a public entity. It actually isn't funded by tax payers. Business, it makes its money office stuff at ships, but it is subject to congressional rules and one of those rules at at needs to make payments to a huge retiree fund in two thousand, six Congress started requiring USPS have enough cash on hand to fund the medical benefits retired postal workers decades into the future. It also has requirements about where it can ship, which is pretty much everywhere and how much it can raise its prices, which is hardly at all. Even, with these requirements, the USPS has been getting along generally. Okay. But the coronavirus change that. When the pandemic came to the US postal workers started getting sick, and at the same time, there was a huge surge online shopping processing. All those packages lead to more costs for the postal service in slower package delivery times for consumers. In the midst of this something else changed for the USPS. It's board hired a new postmaster general Louis Joy who previously worked at major logistics companies like X. Peo-. Louis joy is a former logistics. And Republican donor he's donated more than a million dollars to the trump campaign to the Republican National Committee, and also the Republican candidates for office. He's been talking regulate to the president about reopening during the coronavirus outbreak. So we know he has a relationship with Donald trump and talks to him often a why does that raise concerns? Democrats say that this is a cozy relationship and that he's going to listen to the president in do what the president wants. So that's Democrats concerns about the joy but on the other hand, he is an experienced logistics executive. Yes it's not out of the blue that someone who has spent his life in consulting and project management and logistics would be tapped to lead the postal service and what would you say is the joys vision for the post office. So Mr Joy is trying to run the post office. As he says like a business he is looking at the budget he's looking at cost the postal service they say they're looking at need and demand. They're trying to make the postal service more efficient. Yes. Joy has tried to do this by making budget cuts. A lot of these cuts had been suggested before he started but not implemented until after he arrived. The cuts include things like limiting time postal employees, removing some of those blue mailboxes and reducing the number of mail sorting machines in places where the postal service says, they're less needed. And these moves have already raised eyebrows. Photos of mailboxes being removed from towns across the country gone viral. Now, boxes being snatched off street corners and sorting machines being removed from numerous USPS locations, causing mail to pile up undelivered all this as postal workers across the country are sounding. This week. USPS says these changes will make service more efficient and it's announced that it won't remove anymore mailboxes before November but the fact that these changes are being rolled out just before the election has made people nervous that the timing isn't a coincidence. On that after.
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"Since the pandemic began there's been a problem with voting many people don't feel safe going in person. So some states have expanded mail in voting is an option and one party has been especially focused on making that happen. Democrats have been wanting to expand mail in voting, really some some pandemic started, and so as they've been debating the coronavirus stimulus packages around that, they've always made funding for expanding mail in voting a priority. Our colleague Natalie Andrews Covers Congress and she says the Democrats desire to fund mail in voting his led to a showdown with the trump administration. Donald Trump does not see mellon voting priority and he has said that it could lead to voter fraud. Voter fraud has occurred with both in-person and mail in voting but researchers have found no evidence that it's widespread or more likely to happen via the mail. But president trump continues to say he doesn't like in voting and last week the debate heated up. So on Thursday Donald Trump said, he did not want to have more funding for the post office. They, need that money ought to have the post office work. So it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots because he said that that would allow for more Mellon voting and he doesn't want that he really connected the two for the first time the Democrats say he said the quiet part out loud and they accused him of trying to sabotage the election trying to sabotage the post office and it really started heating up this debate where Democrats asking for more money and Donald Trump had said that he didn't want more money. If Congress were to approve more money for the postal service. It wouldn't just expand. Voting would also help the USPS with finances more generally, the postal service is seen budget shortfalls and declines in revenue in recent years because people just aren't mailing as much as they used to they're not using the postal service like they used to your grandma used to send birthday cards and packages, and we don't see that as much to brag where my grandma does semi birthday cards. Mine to be honest. But we're just not using the postal service in the same way and we see this debate heat up every once in a while because people will say, well, maybe the postal service should be scaled back to five days a week and that becomes politically. Contentious because people do depending on the post office especially in.
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"To pick it up. I'm not bringing him back to pick it up. Then you'll have to just bring his birth certificate his what his birth certificate so I I think quickly well actually my when I said my love. You Know Milos a nickname for Michael. I assert I am lying. I'm lying to a federal official. I am she both being a hard as dumb as I believe she is. But I continue with this ploy maybe just to give us both enough plausible deniability. We both know it's in everyone's interest for me to be able to get out of here. Yeah Yeah you know Mike. If it said Mike on the package you'd give it to me. Michael Well to we. Greek people if I'm lying when inventing ethnishity Michael and Milo same thing no sir you have to bring back birth certificate. Its initial my low. I two letters same last name. Accurate address address on the licenses. The address on the package is the address in this tracking number. Sir Look Man. It's pandemic sir. The line is long. Don't you think for health? It's better if I or my on. Don't clog up this line in the future. Sir I'm trying to save ma'am. I am trying to save both our lives sir. You need a birth certificate to pick up a package right right right. Of course I do because of the post offices legendary standards of proof because every time my mailman drops off copies of a bed bath and beyond coupon he does a spot check of all the ideas in the house to make sure they only go to the appropriate parties literally. Two thirds of the male. I get is delivered to the House. Address to resident. I possess no birth certificate. That says the word resident unless the Social Security Administration gave a number to someone who's walking out there named current occupant. Pesca there is no one who answers to that in my house. Either I am not bringing a birth certificate back to you. People is not what I said. What I said was Ma'am here. You're trying to get an eighty nine billion dollar balance. Good luck with that. I wasn't trying to inconvenience or hurt. Her I was trying to help her and to help me help all of us to help everyone else who might further beyond a line with us. I've seen stories detailing. How postal workers are the first line of Defense John? Oliver Played One from a local Fox. Affiliate were they interviewed. Postal workers don't want a contract it to bring it back to my family. Do you feel like your risk. Every time you go to work. Yes say that it's not on the back of everybody's mind there isn't joke office. Or we essential or a sacrificial I did not want to clog the postal service up anymore. But they were intent. Unclogging me up at a time when they're in danger of being shut down and this is during a time when they might lose their funding which is a threat to the ideals of letter delivery to say nothing of democracy itself right. Nancy Pelosi male is more democratic gives people more options that removes obstacles and barriers to voting. Which is what we want to do. Voting by at home essential to it is a lively thriving postal system but this experience which is so frustrating. Standing in line haggling over ill conceived regulations and why with Stamps Dot Com. You could send packages anytime anywhere. They give you a free scout now objects. It wouldn't not be great. If this whole thing where some huge runup to an ad it would be great. Then I'd be paid for the hassle. Now what is a huge run up to is a government agency? That needs us. The public more than ever and yet is still intent on requiring birth certificates for Thirteen Year. Olds who quote probably won't even like their presence. I know the woman inside the post office which just following protocol and I know. The male is usually important but right now. It's actually vital in terms of mail in ballots. But you know what the post offices competitors don't have quote Unquote Protocol and Post Office antagonists in Congress don't have much protocol. Come on post office. It's time to put on the charm offensive or at least the charm inoffensive just not whatever that was sir little decency little common sense so the story this whole story ends with me and Michelle. Telling my mom sorry. We're not going to be able to do it. I'm not going through that again. Maybe we could get a refund and it turns out we could get a refund and it turns out. Grandma's sent a new gift via Amazon and turns out it got here with no problem at all and it also turns out. My son did like it. It was the Lego Creator Expert Assembly Square with Lego. You can make a whole downtown. A detective office a Parisian Cafe A- downtown diner it's super detailed and realistic and as soon as he gets around to assembling it. I'm going to go in and rip out the Post Office. And that's it for today. Show Margaret. Kelly is the associate producer of the gist. She found that a bit onerous when she ordered a chicken sandwich from pop is they would not release it without her giving a blood test. O-negative it all checked out. Trade just producer is wondering about the ninety five billion dollar. Dmv BAILOUT AND ASKS IF WE'LL GET SELF driving cars before we get an efficient department of motor vehicles the gist birth certificates at the post office. Okay I get it but two factor authentication redeeming your number at the Deli. Hey I just want half pound a roast beef. You don't need to know my mother's maiden name for Peru and thanks for.
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Slayings which I'VE GOTTA say they've licked so it's not like the post office is unknown or associations that we have with our newly invented and yet there is a move to redefine the post office in somewhat more heroic light the postal service has a rich and storied history actually predates the founding of this country. And it has an obligation to bring mile to every single household even transporting it to the bottom of the Grand Canyon boy mule. That was John Oliver. This is Elizabeth Warren. The Postal Service is one of our country's greatest accomplishment. And normally what? I'd be right there with them. I like my mail carrier like the idea of everyone painting same price to mail a letter. Like the idea of the Inter connectedness of our country as mandated in the constitution the only complicating factor in this reverie is one small thing. And it's this. I've actually been to the post office and man. Does it suck so today? Maybe you heard in the New York Times podcast. The daily the interviewed a mail carrier. Grade ght-wing radio and he was asked to conquer his earliest post office experience when I was growing up in rural David County. Of course then they would all video games in theaters and everything we were in the yard with balls and Batson the summers when we will be home from school. You know we would be out the mail carrier that came through you know. We were always rock. They're the same and give me a little piece of candy or a piece of bubble gum or something that we don't do now. That was his first memory of the post office. It was simply rock. Ian Here now is my most recent experience. It was Hobson so it was my son's birthday. It was coming up and it's grandmothers sent him a package. She's far away. She's in Nevada. She can't see her grandson. She wants her grandson to love the present because really I realized it's more than a present. Its connection a wanted connection between grandma and grandson. A less wanted connection between mother and son. I'm the sun because mom would call every day and say I scented we're tracking it DC where it is the see where it is now. Here's the tracking update. Okay it's close. I understand. We're all very very excited. It is a loving gesture but the daily blow by blow. I get it. It reminds me a little of this. Still Common Proclamation. It's my l- on the phone and he's calling long distance but it's family. You can't opt out of status. Alerts there is no toggle switch for that so I thank her for the updates. My girlfriend Michelle. Thanks for the updates. Thanks thanks so much. Neela until the updates start trending towards the disappointing. They said they tried to deliver it. They said they couldn't deliver it. They said access to your mailbox or driveway was blocked. Wait what now they say. It's at the post office and you have to go to the post office okay. We'll go to the post office. Did you go yet no not yet? It's hard to get there during the working day. Did you go yet? No I know we have to go. It's just that well. I gotta be honest. I'm not eager to wait on the line indoors during a pandemic especially for this gift which now I wasn't informed of the exact contents but in a bid to temper what my mom assumed would be my sky high enthusiasm. She informed Michelle that her grandson is quote. Probably not going to like it anyway. This is called expectations management. It is an oft used tactic and I have to say it never works. It doesn't work before a debate. When Marco Rubio's adviser say oh he's not going to do as well as Jeb Bush. It doesn't work when grandma tells you that. There's a package at a government facility. Open it inconvenient workday hours and I gotTa tell you it almost never works. It almost never works for product launches. It almost never works when Marco Rubio's advisors use it before a debate and it certainly doesn't work when grandma tells you that there's a package at a government facility opened inconvenient workday hours that will probably be met with at best indifference. But we don't know what the gift is because she said quote. I don't WanNa ruin the surprise. So a few weeks ago there was a slate mandate a day off and we knew we had our opening. We're GONNA go to the post office masks Glove Purell and pocket. I get all the information down. We have the tracking number virtual receipt. And I have time to make sure I have all my documentation order because when I get to the post office there is a line. Well not when I get to the post office when I get outside the post office in down the block from the Post Office. It is a long line also. It is raining not so much that I'm drenched but so much that I consider coming back when it's dry but then I figure no if anything. The rain is probably suppressing others. This is going to be the quickest shot. I have to going to the post office. So the line wins as only line or the occasional river can do and now. I'm inside the post office. But there's still alive and there's tape on the floor for spacing that's good. I tell the employee who's in there who seems very nice that I'm here to pick up a package. I have a tracking number. She says do you have your license with an accurate address. Indeed I do. That was part of the instructions. That the boy's grandmother had debriefed me on extensively so we wait some more inside and after about fifty minutes. I get to the window. Yes here's my number yes. This is the package I'm here to pick up and I have this idea. She takes it she looks the ID. And is this the name on the package and I say no. My Name's Michael Address to my thirteen year. Old Son Milo well then Milo has to pick it up. Sorry my lowest twelve force habit. He's actually thirteen and I do not want my thirteen year old waiting on a fifty minute line at the post office during school hours. I just waited on this line. Sorry he has.
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"Rod where we take just ten minutes to get you smarter on the Clean Tech Business Politics. I'M DENVER MAC a today. Show the worst jobs report in. Us history and the future of offices first junk mail so this week. President Trump announced that a North Carolina businessman named Luis Joy will become the country's next postmaster general which means he'll run the. Us Postal Service to joy will be the first person to hold that position in more than two decades who doesn't have any direct US Postal Service experience and his appointment comes as trump has escalated his criticism of one of America's longest running institutions. So what's about Louis I? He's a major Republican Party. Donor and years ago ran a package delivery business. That's now known as O. Logistics so he was a major. Usps customer even though he wasn't inside the service also joyes wife is trump's ambassador to Canada. What's about the post office? Well it has warned. It could run out of money. By September due to the pandemic estimating a thirteen billion dollar fiscal year shortfall. It has asked for federal bailout but trump has threatened to veto any corona virus legislation that includes new money for USPS and that brings us to what to know about trump. He believes that the postal service is subsidizing Amazon with which he has a running feud seemingly due to. Jeff bezos is ownership of the Washington Post. Now trump has claimed over and over that and every time they bring a package. They lose money on it. But trump's claim here is simply untrue by law. Us is barred from charging package delivery prices below what it costs to fulfil them so at worst. The Postal Service is breaking even on Amazon and other ecommerce the bottom line lots of Americans and American businesses rely on the US Postal Service and have never before considered that it could disappear or be significantly diminished until now. So let's go deeper on this with Lisa Ryan who covers the federal government for the Washington Post Lisa if the USPS can't lose money unpackaged package delivery by statute. Why has it been in such fiscal troubles? Even before the pandemic service just you know has really not found a path forward in the digital age right so this has been for ten years since people have stop mailing letters and other. First Class Mail. You just have huge losses for this agency but you also have very tough union contracts and it's been hard for the postal service for example to cut service to go to five day delivery right beat which would save a lot of money but in recent years. They've found a really profitable area in package delivery. And we all know you know Amazon delivers packages Walmart does target. Doesn't mean there's so many ways that people are benefiting but the package revenue even the krona virus was not able to stanch the losses in First Class. Mail so then the virus comes along and you've got what the postal service has said is almost a third decline in package volume. So trump has gone after Amazon. Said they need to raise package prices. This would cause deep problems because it would really undercut their revenues. So trump wants the postal service to raise prices on Amazon. For example Amazon's a very wealthy company couldn't afford added price if it would essentially subsidize the postal service. Trump is wrong about them. Losing money on every package is he wrong about the idea that. Usps should be raising the prices on packages. Well it sort of depends on youtube to so what happens is that the postal service has what are called. Negotiated Service Agreements. These are basically contracts with John with Fedex with ups with other patch deliveries. These are all for proprietary. They're all private so we don't know exactly what they charge. Amazon. But postal regulators have approved all of these agreements with Amazon and the other delivery companies. Third Party shippers and said that they do cover the postal services costs. I understand there's a privately negotiated at least for the next round of these agreements. Wouldn't it serve just from a PR perspective or political perspective the USPS it well to make those contracts if not public at least reviewable by legislators elected officials the folks who are making the statements public? I think their ideas that you know in the business world. I mean you can't because these contracts have proprietary information and Amazon and its competitors by La. They don't have to reveal information about their own costs about how they handled you know different. Postal routes and different parts of the country so those rates by law are not going to be revealed. Now what's happened? Is that treasury secretary? Steve Mnuchin has long argued and there was a twenty eighteen task force that he had assembled at trump's request to go over some of these issues you know like what are the labor cost. The Postal Service has you know. How can it save money? And one of the issues. That came up was how the postal service basically determines its costs in terms of its negotiations with these package companies. It's very complicated at Arcain. By the argument of this task force was at the Postal Service was basically saying that it was covering its cost in a much lower way and that it was improperly accounting for what. It's true costs. Were to deliver a package for say. Amazon. This has been an area of big dispute. But here's the thing Dan I would say. There's just no way that anyone could survive if the pulses were forced to raise its package rates by four hundred which is what trump said two weeks ago. It should do what you say. Nobody you don't think Amazon could survive that they've got some pretty large prophets right so I think the issue with Amazon is that it would stop relying on the postal service. There's this argument and and I know it is. It's a political argument but there is an argument that says look lots of us are now getting our last mile delivery the stuff. That's coming to the door via Amazon via Fedex via other smaller local couriers from your perspective. What's the argument for why the Postal Service is still required today? I'm not saying you could turn off the spigot immediately. Obviously they'd have to be a transition but why can't these companies handle the local delivery at this point? Well the reason is that the postal service just because its mandate for universal service delivery. That's one thousand nine hundred. Seventy Congress said okay. Postal Service you're going to have a monopoly on mail delivery to the entire country but you have to go to every home in America which as we know. This is why the postal services so beloved especially in rural communities but it's not profitable for Fedex. Ups even for Amazon to do that. So called last mile delivery and so the postal service is already going to these homes in Wyoming and Montana that will y or than ever in the pandemic deliveries but also rely on deliveries of prescription drugs and other crucial things that they're not going to drive fifty miles to get so. The problem is that they're already going to these addresses. And so this is where the postal service makes money on. Its arrangements with Amazon but Amazon is very busy delivering. Its own logistics fleet and it's got warehouses that is delivering. You know a lot of people have said that. Jeff bezos anticipating this kind of showdown with trump. Right is already building. Its own sort of logistic systems. So the idea is if you raise prices for one hundred percent you know for Amazon and other ECOMMERCE companies. They're working hard because they are both suppliers and retailers to build their own delivery mechanisms. And so that's why this would hurt the postal service final question for you from the in the open this week named a new postmaster general Louis Joy. What if anything do we take away from this all these discussions we've talked about you? Know negotiations with ECOMMERCE companies. Maybe even this concept of mail in voting which has become a hot political topic. What's the big takeaway from him naming La- joy who does not have any experience historically within USPS e will be very tuned in to? What Secretary of the Treasury? Steve Mnuchin wants the postal service to do which is to drastically cut costs especially labor costs and all to as we've been talking to raise package prices in some manner. We don't know what that is going to look like but I think we should very much look for especially the terms of this ten billion dollar line of credit that the postal service was awarded by Congress in the last stimulus. Bill for the corona virus losses that suffered. We should look for very tough terms. If the postal service is going to take advantage of that line of Credit Lisa right of the Washington Post. Thank you so much for joining us. Thank you Dan. My final two right.
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"This video on facebook group for a Postal Service Union. This is for the New York Metro area and this is a little while ago and you know things have changed but I was struck by the fact that the union leader was talking about. I think we just need to shut down the USPS for a couple of weeks and you know just cold reset because the workers feel vulnerable right now with the corona virus end. Because they don't know where the money's GONNA come from it. Got Me wondering what a postal strike would look like right now because as you point out you know we are all at home and in some ways relying on the postal service more than ever there have been postal strikes before but it was a very different time in one thousand nine hundred seventy. There's a big strike and by the way it wasn't all across the country. It was primarily postal worker unions in New York and Chicago the big cities but even just that that almost brought the country to its knees because people still dependent so much on the mail and by the way that was the crisis that led to their the postal service. You know itself. And that's that's the question is going to be strike or no strike. Is this going to be the moment you know? Somehow the missile everybody decides to really try to fix the postal services with a fight about it. It's interesting though that it was a strike that forced the major changes last time. When people wanted to do it. It really didn't. Congress wasn't really galvanized until the mail. Stop that that's what everyone decided they would they really had to do. Something about Devon doesn't actually think another strike will be necessary to force postal service reform in Congress and he doesn't think the postal service will completely shut down either. The prospect of heating that kind of financial rock bottom is scary? Enough for legislators. They're not going to shut down. But the you know what happens. They don't have the money I mean. I think the answer is Congress's going to do something I don't think Senate Republicans want to be responsible for the shutting down of the the. Us Postal Service. I guess what's what's more interesting is or lease is interesting. Is Megan Brandon the Postmaster General? Telling Congress. You know two weeks ago that male by is going to be down by fifty percent the next few few weeks compared to the note last year. I mean. That's that's a US drop in volume. And what's that going going to look like how I mean? Their losses are going to skyrocket..
"post office" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"So. The postal service has been around for ever. It's in the constitution. Two hundred and forty five years but it's financial prospects. They've started looking poor really just in the past couple of decades. So I'm wondering if we can go back and sort of explain how we got here because I was looking at this graph of of revenues for the Postal Service and in the early two thousands. The Postal Service was making money and then around two thousand five two thousand six. It seems like things really changed. What happened well. One of the things that happened in two thousand six was that Congress and the Bush administration started looking at you know plotting out. You know the future. The postal service and everybody can see that volume was was trending down in. That probably wasn't going to stop so they passed the big postal reform bill. This bill will help to keep rates more stable by releasing the funds from an escrow account to pay retiree health benefits. This with what they were concerned about was that postal workers gets very generous with health benefits and there was this concern that sometime in the future. The postal service wouldn't be able to mail volume reveal revenue wouldn't be able to cover that with the passage of this legislation. We can can ensure the long-term viability of the Postal Service and the continuation of services on which this nation relies. Once at that point the pollsters was still doing pretty well. The economy was doing really well. So Congress passed a law saying you have to pay about five billion dollars a year to prefund retiree health benefits and the postal service could do it for about two years. Then the bottom fell out of the economy. The Mail volume started going down and they just got crushed hold. Let's let's talk about what that means. Because pre-funding retirement sounds great. But it also means you have to set aside a lot of money right away that you could be investing or spending in different ways. Explain a little bit why it became a problem. They're just trying to build up bill up before the to cover also healthcare costs. Were GOING UP. So the idea was to funds so at some point down the line. Taxpayers wouldn't have to pick up the bill for that. The problem is that people knew the vying was going down. You know for the male but they didn't realize it was going to go down to the extent that it did you know again even before the corona virus hit male by was down post financial crisis last one crisis post great recession by thirty percent. The post office has been thinking about its bottom line ever since the nineteen seventies when President. Nixon signed the postal reorganization act before that it operated as a government department part of the president's cabinet the point of this legislation was to get Congress and politics in general out of the postal services way Devon says fifty years later that's not really how it panned out. They can't really close post office without going through this extensive review. And there's always you know a lot of backlash nobody in Congress wants to let them close post office so they have to go through this long lengthy review and oftentimes that that basically keeps them from doing. They can't raise prices. They liked to raise prices. But again that has to go through a longer view before the Postal Regulatory Commission. That sort of treats kind of like an arbitration and There's always a lot of pushback from the the big mailers to junk mail from they. They don't want prices to go up. I think the postal service left to their own devices. They do know what to do and they have a lot of good ideas. The problem is they're not allowed to do any of them. The postal workers also have a really strong union. It's unions there's four. There's four major major unions. It's not just one vendor pretty well. So let's talk about the unions. The Postal Service workers are really organized. So what is the role that their unions have played in terms of making change for the postal service or even preventing change? Well the interesting thing about the postal worker unions that they're all in a bind to because they know that You know the future is Pretty Grim. And in some cases particularly the letter carriers have been. They've worked for the postal service to try to combine routes and save money into things like that. But at the same time you know. They don't want to do anything that would threaten their membership. You know they don't they don't want to give up jobs so there's only can kind of go along with cost-cutting so they've definitely worked to. Try To stop lawless. I've certainly six day delivery ending Saturday delivery. They were really against that and then it gets all the reason why the died although along with the unions the you know the big mayor's mailers and folks like that they're very effective at lobbying to and interestingly enough there on the same page on a lot of stuff with the the unions state the they'd like to see costs cut a lot more but they don't really want to see a big change in of young in the way things are working now because they've been for that and sort of the unions. It's funny because you're talking about the junk mailers as like a constituency. I've never thought of them that way. Well you know when you consider that they're the biggest users of the Postal Service You know when you have a big constituency like that. They usually get organized in your voices are heard in Washington. Just like just like the unions too. So what are the reforms? Uc Out there that could dig USPS out of this mess. What sort of simple uncomplicated. But but I mean they need to have more control over their pricing and everything is they need to reduce their need to be able to reduce infrastructure where they have Thirty one thousand post offices Of course in a lot of the split lot of the Rural Post Office. They have really reduced ours. They save money doing that but they could close some post offices get third them lose money third of all post office lose money and then you have about two hundred fifty big distribution centers. They could probably cut some of those It's on point. They have to reduce their workforce because about eighty percent exit. Seventy seventy eight percent of their Of their costs are employees. So they have to be able to make some adjustments and all that the ability to make more money lower their costs. And then you know. Then maybe there's a future Is there anyone that you see in? Washington is willing to take this on like I saw one really interesting proposal. That was talking about the retirement investment for USPS which is of course a massive part of their debt. Problems retirement fund. And this person wrote you know. Listen IF WE CHANGED THE WAY. The retirement worked. Usps workers could be a massive influx into the stock market which needs a massive influx. Right now to kind of potentially jolted back to life and I thought. Oh that's interesting that could bring together some constituencies that otherwise wouldn't be on the same page but I'm curious you anyone who's who's looking to do that work that might break people out there sort of typical viewpoints here. Well the the thing that's been proposed you know what the postmaster don't make Brennan would like to do in her predecessor. Gut on who wanted to do was shift of all the postal workers into Medicare and that has support from the unions to that would take care of the you know need to prefund. You know their healthcare because that would just be picked up as part of Medicare not Medicare for all but for all postal workers but they had issues with that in Congress because Republicans wanted to increase the size of the Medicare Trust Fund. But some blend of all these things so cost cutting in business model changing to please people more conservative in then. A change in in the retiree. Healthcare pre-funding David please guess you know people in the more you know more more liberal side and in a in a measures like that so you don't have to cut as many as many employees off and on people talk about privatization. If you look around the world young Sweden and Germany and England in Japan they privatized their postal services. And it seems to be working okay for them. But but that's that's a kind of a leap too far right now the US. Yeah I wanted to talk about that because privatization it sounds extreme and it's sort of brought up as something that could be really bad but why because other other countries do have private postal services. So why in the United States is that seen as dead on arrival? I just think privatization kind of has has a stigma now You know it shouldn't but the unions are dead set against this. There's no reason why a privatized United States Postal Service you know. Wouldn't still inhabit. Unionized workforce. Ups is he knows is their workers are members of the teamsters an once again. I don't think you know the big male. The junk mailers those folks they don't They're happy with the system again. They don't like the cost but they they. They prefer a postal service. That can't just go out and raises prices overnight.
"post office" Discussed on #SUNDAYCIVICS
"When is the last time you got something in the mail? It was probably yesterday or earlier this week right. And if you're like me this quarantine situation has you ordering more things and most of it is coming to the house via the United States. Postal Service well this morning. We're going to take a break from discussing the MNUCHIN. The details of the current pandemic. And we're GONNA talk about saving the post office coming up to the front of the class. Is Mac Julian? Who has been a letter carrier for nearly twenty years or over twenty years? Actually he's president of local eleven. The Chicago Branch of the National Association of letter carriers and he also serves as a trustee on the national board of Trustees for the National Association for the Union He joined us for this conversation. Because I wanted someone who actually carries our letters And delivers our mail to you. Put in context for us. What do we mean when we talk about saving the Post Office? What are we saving it from? All right we're going ahead on recording so go ahead and start mark. Thank you very much for joining us on Sunday. Civics welcome to the show. Thank you thank you for having me no problem so as we do with every guest who joins us for the first time. Tell us the story of your first. Civic Action Wow There's been a few My first most memorable one. They is related to what we're talking about today. That's the Postal Service I was recently At this time recently elected in a leadership role here in Chicago Chicago letter carriers and we were doing a rally to say the postal service and it was a combination of not just letter carriers but clerks this all postal workers and we plant in this rally downtown Chicago and we were just you know. We weren't sure whether a lot of members were going to come out because you know it's like never really a good day to have a rally or protest postal worker because it's like we're always working unless Sunday and this was the middle of a week and we put the word out and some of the carriers you know. They actually took it upon themselves. They rented the buses left their station and they just all converge on downtown Chicago. What other neighbor leaders out there to support us and we really filled up or the pouncing centers Chicago over a thousand postal workers out there in the middle of work with Advocating for you know saving postal service. I believe at that time they were only looking at getting some days of the livery And possibly changing some of them have been every Going to cluster boxes on the corners of some other nurses and but it really resonated within our membership and they came out and was a quite a memorable rally. That's really that's a really great story and actually like you said it ties directly into our conversation this morning because as you mentioned it was another rally to say the Post Office. I remember you know a couple of decades old. I remember a lot of protests and campaigns about saving the post office. Why does it seem to be so mid so many of them? Why are we always trying to save the post office? I you know basis not Overall that the post office is a relic of the past That is losing money then. No one relies on postal service. Anyway anymore the Internet has come along and there's People are emailing. So there's no longer me for your mailman or mail lady As you will have it but Her all of that is simply not true. You have to realize that. The Postal Service in and of itself Generate a massive amount of revenue annually Roughly over sixty five billion dollars revenue is generated by the postal service. So there are. There are those who would like to see this. Big entity privatised They were like to split up this time and they will make a lot more money off of what The Postal Service is doing right now because people have come to rely on the Postal Service In ways that we kind of take for granted And so if you were to privatize the postal service which is providing universal service at a flat rate Across the country whether you're in rural America Urban America No matter what he another spectrum you on that the the amount of postage is to say In that sense it it truly binds this nation together The urban Some of your your inner city. Urban areas will be left out. Your rural areas would definitely be not because it will cost more To deliver to those areas. And you know right. Now you have Ups FEDEX WHO uses the Postal Service? If you will lay last leg delivery last mile delivery we call it Because quite simply is just not profitable for them to go to those address it's The United States Postal Service services a hundred and sixty million addresses a day You know literally by way of your letter carrier. The federal government makes a visit to every home every day of the week six days. I want to unpack some of the things here because I you know I remember learning about the different aspects of the post office and I don't think most people really grass just what you said That there are some limitations and differences that the postal service is up against that others are not one of the things that's frustrating to me is when people say you know it needs to be run like You know a business And it's just not profitable win. There are lots of restrictions that these other private companies don't have it don't exist One as you mentioned. Is You have the same flat rates going to no matter where you live in the country if I wanted to send something Fedex to you. Know some random rule place Or hard to reach is GonNa cost more money based upon that delivery which is different from the postal service correct and I guess you know what you're making the point in which you just you know joy In these private companies in what they charge. That's really unpacking. And take it all the way back this. This is the United States Postal Service. This is a public entity a public institution. It is the people's post office This agency is written into the only government agency written into the Constitution Article. One section eight of the powers that is provided congress. One of them is to create post office and postal roads. So this is the people's post office In title thirty man of the US Colt The mission of the postal service is the buying this nation together Benjamin Franklin was the first postmaster of the old post office. The United States post office which pre even preceded this country. So you when you put it in that context and realize that it's the People's person post office that it is providing a basic reliable service every American It is actually Something that is the right of every citizen of this country to have this post office to have a postal service available to And with the with private companies they are there to do a private company. Do to make money the proposals postal services not Existing to turn a profit. It is a self existing in that it does not require a government. does not rely on government taxes To run not a damn government not a damn of of payroll tax goes into the United States. Postal Service It is a almost a pay as you go service real. We're talking literally fifty cents down but it is there for you Every day reliable Postal Service Yeah and then there are the other restrictions and I'm I'm glad that Having you on to have a conversation about this point because you've been a letter carrier now for us Actually Worked in the field right twenty years now career so one of the aspects that I learned is a about the financial constraints of the postal service. And it's because one of the laws or the barriers that exist For the postal services that it requires the postal service to prefund your retirement and health benefits. For what a decade events. Yeah Yeah it is. It has been over a decade and realize the thing about it is when the crazy long was putting the play The intent was As they call it posted reform at that time To allow the postal service to to be more profitable in at this time this was prior to the great recession and mail volume was with much higher Than what it is today. In the postal service even with this burden this burden placed on upon the postal service to prefund retiree health benefits pre funded for the next seventy five years when we wasn't going to interrupt you but say that again prefund retiree health benefits future health benefits for the next seventy five years. Not Not current retirees future retirees. Three front future retirees for the next seventy five years and they had to do so within eighteen year window so the postal service was mandated to pre fund to the tune of five and a half billion dollars. A year future retirees. Now as a future retiree to ask this question on the one hand as an employee you have to think well at least my retirement and my benefits will be there but on the other hand you know. Tell me what you think about that. Well where's this where you what about the now right you know? Is there going to be a retirement with this with this Or does agency Because if you're doing everything that you can't delete the dry Agency that again on on the one hand you're saying it is no longer as relevant it has been in the past But the your pre-funding into the future as if this is something that's going to be there and of course we expect and we want the postal service to be. They're moving forward But you know it is simply ludicrous. That the burden that was placed on the postal service now other government agency have such bird. No other private company would put that mandate on itself took prefund To the extent that you know it creates at the end of the day a bottom line of that appears that you know that we're losing money and then heading into the great recession with mail volume did indeed drop And so have to pre fun Meant that the postal service where reporting losses. Every year for those losses were directly related to the mandate to prefund at the tone of five and a half billion dollars a year so they just have five billion a year. You said time seventy five years no for prefund retiree resell benefits That would stretch out over seventy five years but behead the prefund it. Within ten years they were given a ten year window to do the pre-funding No stories for the postal service was not able to continue to make those payments And and run the organization again. That's where you know you hear where the postal services lose money. The Postal Service has posted another loss. Well the loss was actually money that they were not paying but it was reflected as a loss because it was money you know require by law that the postal service had to pay to the government. Now that's not that's a restriction again if you're comparing postal service to Fedex. Ups Amazon or any of those that that's a restriction that none of these entities are under. They're not operating in the same conditions. The additional issue are always wanted. Clarity on is whether or not. The Postal Service has restrictions in terms of what they can sell at their a at the thirty thousand three hundred thousand locations across the country. So you know if you mentioned previously that the Postal Service Operating and having a branch in places all across the country in rural areas in places That are not as populated but still need regular service If the postal service has a building you know in that part of the area and they would also want to say. Let's say open up a coffee stand inside the Postal Service. That could help boost. Revenue could the postal service do that? No no there are restrictions placed on the Postal Service You know and one of the things. That has been Has Been discussed over the past few years with the possibility of the postal service getting back into the banking industry to serve the under banked To be able to do things to transfer money. There's a lot of things that the postal service can do with vast network you have to realize is a post office located in every community every zip code in this country has is on post office In Rural America I mean the post offices the hub of the community and as you pointed out It is more profitable in some areas than it is and others realize in this area is taking like your Chicago New York Where you may have a large amount of traffic or or consumers. You.
"post office" Discussed on Talking Politics
"This will be put in the hands of judges. And sometimes of juries I think in the first ten or twenty years of his actions ends his conviction rate was as high as seventy percents went down in the early twentieth century when the rebellion against this man and his operation was established published went down to forty percent a not a lot of people. Spend a huge amount of time in jail but thirty days would be enough to Bruna reputation and just the threat of comstock. Being on your heels. Could throw you into a kind of disgrace so this. This was a powerful intervention into the culture culture and into the politics of sexuality in America. He was empowered to do this by Congress so in now in the UC's grant regime the one that follows on from the one we talked about last time with Sarah and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. What was in it for the Polish for the Republicans in particular? Why did they feel they wanted to get behind this crusade given it was among other things empowering a branch of the federal government which may be a good thing in some respect for them but it was deeply moralistic yes and the Republicans were deeply moralistic? That's part of what they prided themselves on. On creating a a morally pure republic they were also supporters orders of large state a large centralized state a large centralized state had won the union and the Republican Party civil war and they had come to appreciate shade. Its its benefits. They wanted to grow the state they wanted to make it into a more powerful Effective institution yet in order to do that. They face constitutional problems uh-huh because they could not simply right morals legislation passed in Congress and have accepted by the courts. The courts would rule these unconstitutional. So they were looking for inventive ways to increase the size and power of the federal government and comstock gave them an opportunity to do this by finding The Post Office something. Something that congressman would have not thought to look at and showing them. The utility of what many of them might have considered minor organizations minor institutions of the federal government. Suddenly there was a whole new scheme of improvisation innovation to make this a much more larger inconsequential institution in American life related to that it was a clamor. From below for greater regulation of social relations. In America the Civil War had convulsed the country it had undercut the ability of individual communities to police their members because millions of Americans were traveling they were in armies they were in different parts of the country. Millions of Americans literally had been released from communal and familial supervision vision by the war and after the war came westward expansion. Many of those who released from these communal supervisions did not want to go back to these situations. And also this was the era of emancipation of freeing the slaves and suddenly slaves former slaves could marry Legally which they cannot do before they could have relations legally with waitz which they cannot do before it was a moment of hope nope Amancio patient new sorts of personal relationships. It was a moment of new and renewed enthusiasm vigor for feminism women's rights women's sexuality stepping out of Victorian frame of mind Emancipation of the eighteen sixties raised all these hopes and set many Americans on projects of personal emancipation sexual experimentation rights for women all kinds of relationships which have been accepted as normal goal for much of the nineteenth century we're now not regarded as necessarily normal and many regarded emancipation as an invitation to explore self new relationships tips and the like the Republicans had authored. This emancipation but it also made them nervous. They were imagining emancipating patting the slaves. They were not necessarily imagining imagining emancipating women or giving individuals licensed to explore new kinds of sexual relationships. This this was not part of what they thought they were doing. And yet you unleash. Award like emancipation into the political sphere. And it's gotTa have predictable consequences. So the Republicans ends are nervous about this. And they are increasingly hearing a clamor from below that morals have become too loose That the Republicans is in danger for reasons of immorality and something must be done to put the ship of state back on its course. Emancipation produces a backlash rush. And then as is often the story with moralize politics the morals ation produces eventually a backlash so const dockery. It lasts for a couple of decades or mall will initially. It's very successful. But over time there is pushback. Yes I would say comstock. Heyday is the great campaign to re-implant Morality. On the American people eighteen seventies eighteen ninety s after the civil war and then the resistance to comstock to mount. This is a country that is urbanizing a big cities filling up with immigrants different walks of life Jeff. Cosmopolitan takes off in the cities. People have access to European experiences and traditions. They have access to a much greater Sense of what. The varieties of human behavior are and what what is acceptable in different sorts of societies and in these urban areas in particular a a new kind of modern living takes off first among the middle classes and then in some ways going down to the to the working classes and this includes greater rights for individuals greater rights for Women Free Thinkers. which was the euphemism for atheists? WanNa live their own lives in ways not directed by the Bible and biliteral reading of it these forces take off and they begin to challenge comstock head on in courts in public rounds in debates and also As comstock is faced with this resistance he is driven to to greater length. America Erica develops a new group of painters in the early twentieth century. That are deeply in touch. With European currency this is the moment of modernism. Modernism is having a big impact act on American cities. In fact American cities are seen as an expression of modernism and the there are all kinds of experimentation and new art forms and these artists in touch with European currency European supporters become much more mobilized as does women's groups feminism and they take on comstock in a frontal and very effective way so that by nineteen o five thousand nine hundred ten. If you talk about someone getting com stocked is a term of ridicule. He's lost. It's a lot of his authority but he plows on. And as late as nineteen fifteen which is the year in which he dies. He is trying to take Margaret Sanger. The creator of the Birth Control Movement in the United States to court. She has escaped England. He he can't get her so he puts his her husband on trial for assisting here in the United States and actually jails awesome for thirty days. So he's there at the end till the end Trying to enforce his vision of moral purity on America but by this time he he is regarded as retrogade and part of an America that deserves to be put into the past as America embraces. Its modernist future puddle. What's so fascinating about stories? It's the intersection between two kinds of conflict. So you've got the conflict between the moralizes and the free thinkers and then premium Mula people who are somewhere in between and then you go the conflict between the federal government and the state governments. And what happens in this story. Is that the moralizes. See The power of the federal federal government as a means to control what otherwise. It'd been left the states so if we take the story forward to now living in a very different kind of information age wjr There is a lot more pornography than there was in the eighteen seventies and the Internet is a very different kind of means for sharing information. But the people who believe even as the founders did with the post office believe that the Internet is vital for people to have access to ideas and access to knowledge what comes with that is the freedom for people to use it to spread both disinformation and also what some people would consider harmful or obscene material. Well there isn't is a post office that can regulated related. Unless I missed it if you look at the story now do you see the parallels or is it completely different political and informational environment comment. I think I can see both continuities and differences. I think we can think of the nineteen sixties as a period of emancipation civil rights. Feminism Gay Rights Sexual Liberation similar to the eighteen sixties and eighteen seventies. He's followed by a period of. Oh my God. The country's lost its way. We must re-implant morality on the American people. And that's a big part of the story of America's since since nineteen sixties there is no single figure like comstock but there is Jerry Falwell and the moral majority and and other very powerful groups that have sought desperately to re implant. Would they consider morality on the American people and on the American public. They have had had no mechanism like the post office. The Post Office is still with us. It does not have the significance it did then. And what's interesting about the Internet. It's it's considered vital. And I think at its moment of invention. It was thought it was going to reinvigorate the American republic by putting information in the hands of all sorts of people in a way that had not been available before and information is thought to be. The lifeblood of Republicanism and democratic deliberation. Hasn't quite worked out that way. Either in terms of obscenity or in terms of rational political deliberation what's interesting indifferent about. This moment is that there is no agency that is the equivalent equivalent of the post office to take on job of this sort of regulation. The central government in theory has the capacity to do it a having strip strip the states and much of their power across the twentieth century and finding ways to increase the authority of the central government but one of the ways in which the central government permit strip the states of its power was to subject them all to the bill of rights and this has had the effect of elevating the bill of rights in what I like to call the bill of rights absolutism. No interference with free speech. No interference with freedom of simply no interference with what can be said or transmitted over the Internet. No interference with what rich rich people can give to politicians to help with their campaigns because it seemed to be a form of free speech and in this period of bill of rights absolutism establishing an institution with the regulatory power both in politics and morals to control some of the excesses of the Internet as proved to be extraordinarily ordinarily difficult to do. And in that way. It's I think different from the night late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The other difference is that in the eighteen seventies the comstock story for Republicans enhancing the power of the federal government was a good thing. It was the game that they were in to take that power away from the states and if the post office was the means it was the means now. Republicans broadly speaking although of course varies would like to see the state's empowered in various ways. Those past pass that were taken away in the nineteen sixty s the remorse sizing of American life which in eighteen seventy s quite clearly didn't need this level to pass through through the federal government. Now for the people who want to do it. The federal government is object deep suspicion but there is no way of getting back to the states in this space. It's either the means are limited. Well ideologically it's an interesting question you raise because in one respect. The Republicans have been extraordinarily successful in this regard and that is in regard to Abortion where Republicans have been opposed for more than forty years now to Roe versus Wade. Which is the ruling rolling in the early seventies giving women a right to an abortion and they have sought to overturn that judicial decision for more than forty years without success? They still do that but what they have done in. Its place is to take their struggle to the states and to get states states to make access to abortion clinics far more difficult to work around the edges of raw versus way to make an adjustment here to make an adjustment there. The the net result of that is that in many places in many states in America it is increasingly hard for women to get an abortion and so the Republicans ends in terms of abortion have actually been quite successful in returning to the states and recognizing that the central government is no longer a reliable instrument for their purposes. The question is is whether what they have done with. Regard to abortion.
"post office" Discussed on Talking Politics
"Finger at the heart of this story Anthony Comstock. It's an American African story because he came from relative obscurity to national prominence. Who was he anthony? Comstock was born into a Protestant family in in new Canaan Connecticut one of seven children nondescript childhood except that he had personal tragedy. His mother died when he was ten and his father soon abandoned him and his six siblings so they had to do a lot of scrambling and raising themselves. He grew up in a devout congregation analyst. Home that was a derivative of calvinism and they redoubled on that. In his source of comfort became hard religion heart confidence in the in errands errands of the Bible and he became preoccupied with the crisis of morals that he thought was engulfing America and when he grew up he made his way to New York. I think I by happenstance. It's but then discovered there the center of the publishing industry in the center of an underground publishing industry Full of erotic what he considered obscene depravity and this was a man who was very concerned about every sexual act out of the procreative act as being immoral An unacceptable and he flagellated himself metaphorically for his own masturbation when he was a soldier in the civil war and this was a man who decided to take on the challenge of purifying America and making sex for procreation. Only it was quite a large task. He took on and he rose to considerable power and influence fluence rising from a dry goods clerk to becoming the inspector for the US. Postal Service empowering him to inspect inspect. Any thing passing through the post office that he deemed to be obscene he was also connected to a very powerful group of elite citizens. In New York called The New York Mark Society for the Suppression of Vice they got a law passed through the New York. State legislature empowering him to do all sorts of things within the boundaries of New York state including calling in the police to arrest anyone who he suspected of obscene acts. We're in the eighteen seventies. This is happening. The mid eighteen seventy s so what counts as obscene. Here's pretty broadly drawn. So some of it is I think we would still cool it pornography. Quite a lot of it was actually educational material. I mean He. He tried to suppress staff that described the procreative act. I mean never mind try to give people pleasure from it but then also cuts across the politics of feminism and free. We love. I mean some of these were political tracts. Well it was the whole yes. He persuaded Congress in eighteen. Seventy three to pass. What came came to be known as the Comstock Act which defined obscenity in the broadest possible terms anything encouraging lust and undiscovered things we would conventionally describe as obscene or pornography but it also covered all sorts of documents? Newspapers books that discussed free love that discussed sexuality in free your terms and also sought to eliminate all knowledge judge passing through the post office regarding sex and that include access to knowledge about abortion and access to knowledge about birth control so these of course abortion and birth control were sins in his eyes because they encouraged sexuality outside of the procreative act and so it was about as broad awed a statute against obscenity and lust as one could design and this was passed in eighteen. Seventy three one of the really significant things about when you've written about it in your own work is that in the history of the United States to this point and beyond which will come onto the suppression of vice was was the business of the state the individual states and many of them were pretty good at it or at least pretty active in that realm. I mean I was a quite a lot of moral laurel censorship and also interference in people's lives but not at the federal level which is not part of the rim of the federal government and this statute changes that so just tell us a bit about that shift and what is significant about this relative to the power of the federal government more broadly. Well the states in the United States had a doctrine called the police power that empower them to investigate and regulate just about any activity that citizens of their state were engaged in Dade include sack and that did include sex and it was an incredibly broad. Statue is actually descended from The public police power of the British sovereign somehow a jumps the American revolution and gets encoded into law and jurisprudence empowering powering states to have an extraordinarily broad remits and actually exempts them from the bill of Rights The first ten amendments of the Constitution guaranteeing freedom of speech assembly expression expression and presumably sexuality as well. This is a little known part of American history because usually America is thought of as being in revolt volt against public power state power and yet. The states were empowered a with an extraordinary repayment of this sort. And it's remarkable in a way. Hey that you could have the bill of rights and exempt. The states given that everyone in the United States of America lives in a state. I mean it's not like by exempting the states you just carving out a small Larrea. That's life right. That is life especially through the nineteenth in the early part of the twentieth century. And when I was doing my work recovering the history of the use and abuse of power by governments in America. I was stunned to discover that the states were exempted from the bill of rights from the moment of the seventeen ninety s when the bill of rights were I put into place until for all intents and purposes the nineteen sixties so for the first hundred seventy years of American history. The states were not obligated by the bill of rights. It is an extraordinary exemption. All the more so because the bill of rights is considered to be perhaps America's greatest liberal contribution to individual rights and human rights of all its work on law and jurisprudence and establishing new republic public and because the states are very different presumably some of them. This exemption mattered less than others but some of them are really active. Yes yes invading. Aiding People's what we would now call And they had they had the right to do so and the police. Power was explicit about the responsibility Ludi of state governments to enforce proper more life among their citizenry some states pursued quite extraordinary interventions into do the life of individuals citizens one of the arguments for the nineteenth century is at because they could not exert any influence beyond their borders Americans. There's always had the opportunity to get up and leave and move to different state and state set. Were more liberal. And they're all estates that were more repressive and so some people think that the extraordinary Mo- geographical mobility of Americans was related to the power of these police power. Our regimes that for many citizens many poor people there was no escape whether it was blacks in the south or poor people in the north and many people were bound by the regimes of the states in which they lived in this for many many Americans was life and their encounter with government was largely largely with their state governments. Comstock does is he takes us to the federal level and the instruments that he uses. The Postal Service says one of the ironies. This story both the savage which for most people is a practical and relatively non ideological body becomes the vehicle of anti-vice politics at the federal level. So what powers did it have. That made that possible. Why does it stand out in the powers of the federal government? Yes it's a fascinating story. The federal government could only exercise powers explicitly given to it in the Constitution and the post office is actually mentioned in the constitution that the federal government has the right and authority and obligation to regulate the males this was about in the framers mines. Upholding Republican citizenship. This was not about a personal correspondence between you and me or sending a letter to my wife on the frontier. This was to make sure that citizens of the United States in this very very large land with rudimentary forms of transportation and communication. This was ensuring that news would travel because you could not have effective citizenry citizenry unless all the citizens were adequately informed about the affairs of their day so they had a receiver newspapers or pamphlets all kinds of discussions all kinds of decrees. All kinds of things being elaborated in Washington. These had to be discussed throughout the country. This is why the post office mentioned in the Constitution. It is indispensable advanced bowl to Republican citizenship and regulate their therefore doesn't mean censor- control it means keeping the the movement going maintaining the post office maintaining the freedom of ideas and the United States developed a postal network that was the greatest in the densest of any countries of the western world of the nineteenth. Essentially this was working but embedded in the constitution. Is this very broad regulatory power and so when comstock wants to have a national power to regulate morals there is no general power to regulate morals in the constitution it cannot be exercised by the federal government so he and others begin to think. Well how can we gain his power that the constitution doesn't really give us to regulate this on a national level and there is turned toward the post office because the post office is clearly clearly a federal function. It's a large efficacious bureaucracies. Some Americans living today might be surprised to hear this that in the nineteenth century this was one one of the largest and most effective and most admired institutions of the federal government and Comstock says the Constitution empowers the federal government to regulate the males which means means we have the right to eliminate all obscene materials from the mail from crossing state. Rose yes. That's the focus on it. Yes yes us because yes you and this is a national campaign. Any mail travelling within states between states is being carried by the US. The Postal Service. There are no state limited postal services. This is all being done by this federal agency and Comstock says here is our national the whole censorship mechanism and he turns his attention toward scrutinizing all publishing houses all producers of erotic material not just books and literature and art but devices vulcanized. Rubber have been invented in the eighteen forties which makes the possible the production of all kinds of sex toys that had not been created before And that form and these are also going through the mails whatever is going through the mails and he. You can demonstrate as such he has the right to seize and to destroy. It's not a perfect mechanism because if I'm operating in Erotic Publishing House in Lower Manhattan in Hatton hand deliver something to customers. Living down the street I might be vulnerable to the New York State Law but if I can get it out of the state of New York to neighboring New Jersey Jersey. Comstock can't prosecute me on that basis because I'm not delivering through the mail but as you might imagine in the nineteenth century publishing houses houses dependent on the males for transporting their goods throughout the country. And so calm. Stocks intervention in this way was very powerful and very effective effective. The hand-delivered sex toy industry number really took off in the nineteenth century. I think he did it right. It wasn't just that he asked for the right to do it. He he was incredibly active than in rating publishing houses. Spying on what went through the mail seizing material gathering these sex toys always putting them in a room in Congress. Showing them to congressman. This is what I've gathered. I mean this wasn't just a campaign in principle. It was a campaign in practice. Yes he was not interested just in rhetorical success and influence. He wanted to rid American Society of all immoral knowledge about sex and all trade and sexual contraband and given his what he considered to be sexual. Contraband and Illicit Knowledge about sex wchs really included everything to do with sex and he set out to eliminate it all from American society and he knew. No limits to his purview including you wanted to censor plays from Europe Shakespeare and other things that included what he thought were transgressive moments he. He wanted to exclude some of the art and paintings by European masters from circulating in America. So he had his hand into everything he kept extraordinarily meticulous records. Want one reason why we know so much about him is that he recorded every raid that he engaged in he recorded. Every charge urge that he brought against an individual record the success or failure of their trials in court so we have some figures on the volumes of material cereal and the poundage material that he confiscated and we're talking in terms of pounds and volumes in ten tens of thousands sounds pounds. Hundreds of thousands. I mean this was a fearsome practice and those who were engaged in this industry in this trade feared comstock and he had the ability to ruin enterprises and ruin lives because he didn't just seize the material destroy it. People were jailed and superior punitive sentences. Yes he brought a tremendous number of court cases. He had the power to to call. In the police he had the power to instigate a trial. He cannot conduct the trial himself. This will be put in the hands of judges. And sometimes of juries I think in the first ten or twenty years of his actions ends his conviction rate was as high as seventy.