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United Airlines to Pay $49 Million to Resolve Mail-Related Charges
"United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to settle charges that it defrauded the Postal Service and the delivery of international mail. Prosecutors say United collected millions in payments it should not have received. After former employees falsified delivery
Fresh "Postal Service" from Anna Davlantes
"Need to protect all Chicagoans from covert 19 Get the facts about the vaccine at Chicago Dat Gove slash co vid fax. Merry band about the B G on traffic central. The United Center is expected to begin its role as a vaccination site on March 10th mayor life, It says the city's already making accommodations to get senior citizens there, and this includes uber stepping up, providing rides to bring them there. On top of that will be partnering with Zach Doc designers seniors up online, but we still need to do more. The federal site will be able to give out 6000 doses per day and that's right. Right sharing company Uber's announced it will be donating 20,000 rides to help Chicagoans get to covert 19 vaccination sites. They'll be available citywide, but well, mostly focused on the South and west sides to help people. Those communities get vaccine locations for access. You need to sign up for a vaccine on the dock Dock website and there will be a promo code for a free ride. Ah, warning from the CDC during an update of the White House covert 19 task force today, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says while covert numbers have been coming down since January, declines may be stalling. Potentially leveling off. It's still a very high number. We have CDC consider this very concerning shift in the trajectory, she says. They're seeing the spread of more strains from outside of the U. S. President Biden's now visiting Texas after a winter storm crippled the state's electrical grid. Last week, he and the first lady will tour a food bank, an emergency operation center and a covert 19 vaccination center. Saudi Arabia is Crown prince approved an operation to kill or capture a US based journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. That is, according to a newly declassified U. S Intelligence report released today. It could escalate pressure on the Biden administration to hold the kingdom accountable for the murder of Jamal Kashiwagi, critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's authoritarian rule. The man who held former House Speaker Mic Madigan's 22nd district seat for just three days before resigning, has agreed to decline the full month's salary he was entitled to under Illinois State law. Comes after Illinois State Comptroller Susanna Mendoza requested former state representative Eduardo Guerrero Koda refused the money code at stepped down after allegations of inappropriate conduct. He's been replaced by Angie Guerrero Quay are who will receive a full month's pay. Although she served two business days in the month of February. Chicago based United Airlines has agreed to pay nearly $50 million to resolve criminal and civil claims relating to fraud on postal contracts for transportation of international mail. Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas McQuaid of the Justice Department's criminal division says United provided false parcel delivery information. Who the U. S Postal Service for years while accepting millions of dollars in payments. You? Yes, PS relies on united for international delivery, including two soldiers deployed to foreign bases. Time for WGN Sports. Here's Kevin Powell Bowls have won five of six. They have a chance to get back to 500 with a win over the Sun's Tonight they meet at the United Center. Phoenix is fourth in the West with a 2011 record. College hoops tonight Loan match up in the Big 10 per do at Penn State number. 21 Loyola host Southern Illinois. Bradley taking on Drake, Northern Iowa, is at Illinois State. The Blackhawks returned home ice Tomorrow night against Detroit. It's a start of a five game home stand. We'll have it here at 6 30. I'm Kevin Powell. WGN Sports The forecast from the WGN.
Biden announces 3 nominees to Postal Service board
"House lawmakers quizzed postmaster. General louis dejoy on wednesday in grilling him about delays in mail deliveries after he spoke president biden announced three nominees to fill openings on the postal service board of governors. Npr's brian naylor reports have the power to replace dejoy. David dejoy apologized to postal customers. Whose mail including christmas cards and packages and bills has been delayed in recent weeks. Above all my messages that the status quo is to no one because the solutions are within reach if we can agree to work together to join is working on a ten year strategic plan to improve the agency he also wants congress to end a requirement that the postal service prepay the health and retirement benefits of its workers. Meanwhile the biden administration announced it is nominating. Three people to the board of governors would diversify the board give it a democratic majority and possibly replaced. Dejoy
DeJoy Testifies Before House Panel
"Did you get christmas. Cards in january is taking a long time to get that birthday present to your friend across the country. The mail has been delayed over the last few months and congress wants to know why postmaster general louis dejoy face lawmakers on capitol hill yesterday. Here's representative bob gibbs of ohio. I won't send payments through mail anymore. So much confidence. I've lost in the system due i apologize for the delays but said even the plan congress has to help may not be enough. I would suggest that we are on a death. Spiral we cannot even with this legislation. We cannot continue to lose money. Npr's brian naylor has been following this and joins us now. Good morning brian. Good morning rachel. So what we're lawmakers big specific concerns and did dejoy take responsibility so there was criticism from both sides of the aisle. They cited those You know late. Christmas cards and other mail delays complaints from constituents over bills arriving late leading to late payments and late fees. And you heard congressman. Gibbs say he's given up on the postal service to joy was apologetic but he also got kind of Combative at times he said the status quo was not acceptable but he also said the problems existed before he got there. You could sit here and think that i'm bringing all this damage to the postal service. But as i said earlier the place was operationally faulty because of lack of investment and lack of ability to move forward. Which is what which to do. So you heard him say before. A death spiral as quite a phrase. He said the service lost more than nine billion dollars last year and is projected to lose some one hundred and sixty billion over the next ten
Biden announces 3 nominees to U.S. Postal Service board
"President Biden is nominating three people to the USPS Board of Governors. Ah, former lawyer for the American Postal Workers Union, Ah, former deputy postmaster general and also an expert and an advocate for voting by
Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist
"President Biden has nominated three postal service experts to a governing board while lawmakers were grilling the Postmaster General about frequent delays it's been a controversial tenure for Postmaster General Lewis to join a trump donor appointed to head the postal service last may who made cuts that slow down the mail before the twenty twenty election and absentee voting and made many holiday packages late in December this is unacceptable and I apologize to those customers who felt the impact of all the leading ten Christmann Jim Jordan accuse Democrats of unfairly going after joy all under the guise of creating this this AZ chaos that they wanted around the election Democrats say a federal judge issued an injunction to make two choices stop the cut back so the criticism isn't political meanwhile president Biden who can't replace the Postmaster General has nominated three new candidates to the board of governors a panel which could vote to do so Jackie Quinn Washington
Biden announces 3 nominees to Postal Service board
"President Joe Biden is moving swiftly to fill vacancies on the U. S. Postal Board of Governors is NPR's Windsor. Johnston tells us if confirmed. Widens nominees would give Democrats a majority on the board with enough votes to potentially remove embattled Postmaster General Lewis to joy. President Biden has announced plans to nominate a voting rights advocate of former postal union leader and a former postal service executive to fill the vacancies on the board. Nominations come amid Democratic calls for the resignation of Postmaster General Lewis to Joy. Democrats have blamed chronic delays and mail service on a serious of changes to joy had implemented at the agency ahead of the
Postmaster General DeJoy apologizes for 'unacceptable' mail delays during holidays
"Lawmakers last year that delivery speed would improve. But today he acknowledged to the House oversight Committee that the Postal Service fell short during the busy holiday season. Too many Americans were left waiting for weeks for important deliveries of mail and packages. It sounds I apologize for the delay on that, but his apology to customers comes after two joy first came under scrutiny last year for slipping mail service when Democrats raised concerns that might be linked to mail in voting linked to the election to joy at the time assured them it wasn't and during today's hearing, many Republicans Tried to counter Democrats criticism with public support for joy, who is also enjoyed the support of former president Trump. So there are clearly a
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy apologizes again for slow mail
"While Postmaster General Lewis to Joy, who came under fire last year for cost cutting measures appeared before the House Oversight Committee hearing today and admitted the Postal Service fell short of its objectives to deliver mail on time during the holiday season. Too many Americans were left waiting for weeks for important deliveries of mail and packages. This is unacceptable and I apologize to those customers who felt the impact of all delays. The joy also told lawmakers that the Postal Service they committed to buying 10% electric vehicles as part of its multibillion dollar plan to retire. It's 30 year old fleet of delivery
USPS says Oshkosh will build many as 165,000 new mail trucks
"A familiar postal service trucks will look different in a couple of years. Some will run differently to his correspondent Diane King Hall, Mr Postman, Look and see You're getting a new vehicle in 2023, the U. S Postal Service announced his 200,000 vans, many three decades old. Will be retired Wisconsin company Osh Kosh defense has been tapped to build the new fleet, which will include electric vehicles and modern anti collision technology. USPS describes the deal as the first part of a multi billion dollar 10 year program. Replaced the entire fleet. But will these new trucks make the Postal Service more
USPS adding up to 165K fuel efficient or electric delivery vehicles
"Look and see You're getting a new vehicle. And 2023, the U. S Postal Service announced his 200,000 vans, many three decades old. Will be retired Wisconsin company Osh Kosh defense has been tapped to build the new fleet, which will include electric vehicles and modern anti collision technology Postal service describes The deal is the first part of a multi billion dollar tenure efforts to replace the delivery fleet 7
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
Weary postal workers hope Biden will bring new tone, change
"We re postal worker is recovering from the holiday surge you're hoping the new president will bring a new tone president Joe Biden does not have the power to hire or fire the U. S. Postmaster General but he can reshape the postal service board of governors through appointments and that's something American postal workers union president mark diamond steam would like to see people in the country are not getting the service that they are promised and deserve under the law the law says prop a Christian a fission and reliable service it needs to be fixed that needs to be fixed quickly and the new president can certainly play over a a role in that the postal service board of governors will meet Tuesday for the first time since the president's election I'm surely Adler
President Joe Biden commits to replacing entire federal fleet with electric vehicles
"Electric vehicles are rolling into Washington, President Biden this week announced a plan to replace the federal government's entire fleet of gas burning vehicles with TVs. The federal government also owned a non enormous fleet of vehicles. Which we're going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America. Chad Kerschner is the editor in chief of E V pulls, he says a lot of those are larger vehicles like Postal service vans. They don't seem to be where it's care going to see it. Biggest initial push on Ben. The ability of like electric pickup trucks and stuff in all the U. S government owns about 645,000 cars and trucks, according to a 2019 General Services Administration report at the president's plan is not limited to vehicles themselves. The biggest concerns, I think right now that the president's the President Biden Seems to want to address his infrastructure. Where do you charge? What kind of charges available with tech trends? I'm Jim. Brilliant ABC
Biden Wants to Replace U.S. Fleet Vehicles with American-Made EVs
"A plan to replace the federal government's entire fleet of gas burning vehicles. With Eve es. The federal government also owned a new, enormous fleet of vehicles. Which we're going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America. Chad Kerschner is the editor in chief of E V pulls, he says. A lot of those are larger vehicles like postal service vans. They and seemed to be where it's care going to see it. Biggest initial push on Ben. The ability of like electric pickup trucks and stuff in all the U. S government owns about 645,000 cars and trucks, according to a 2019 General Services Administration report at the president's plan is not limited to vehicles themselves. The biggest concerns, I think right now that the president's the President Biden Seems to want to address his infrastructure. Where do you charge? What kind of charges available with tech trends? I'm Jim.
Biden vows to electrify the federal government’s 600,000-vehicle fleet
"Into Washington President Biden this week announced a plan to replace the federal government's entire fleet of gas burning vehicles with TVs. The federal government also owns a non enormous Fleet of vehicles which were going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America. Chad Kerschner is the editor in chief of E V pulls, he says a lot of those are larger vehicles like postal service vans. They and seemed to be where it's care going to see it. Biggest initial push on Ben, the ability of like electric pickup trucks and stuff in all the U. S government owns about 645,000 cars and trucks, according to a 2019 General Services Administration report, and the president's plan is not limited to vehicles themselves. The biggest concerns, I think right now that the president's the President Biden Seems to want to address is infrastructure. Where do you charge? What kind of charges available with Tech trends? I'm Jim. Brilliant. ABC News. Tributes are pouring in
Electric Vehicles Are Rolling Into Washington
"Announced a plan to replace the federal government's entire fleet of gas burning vehicles with TVs. The federal government also owns an enormous Fleet of vehicles which were going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America. Chad Kerschner is the editor in chief of E V pulls, he says a lot of those are larger vehicles like Postal service vans, then seemed to be where it's here, going to see it. Biggest initial push on Ben, the ability of like electric pickup trucks and stuff in all the U. S government owns about 645,000 cars and trucks, according to a 2019 General Services Administration report, and the president's plan is not limited to vehicles themselves. The biggest concerns, I think right now that the president's the President Biden Seems to want to address is infrastructure. Where do you charge? What kind of charges available with tech trends? I'm Jim Brilliant ABC News. Tesla's semi truck production looks to be delayed again until the
Prince George’s Co. tightens vaccinations to restrict non-residents
"Prince George's County is cracking down on the large number of people from Montgomery and other counties who have been getting their covert shots in Prince George's. That's Prince George's Enters Preregistration Monday for phase one sea of vaccinations. It says the registrations will be limited to those who live and work in the county. One see includes people 65 older health and public safety workers, essential employees, including food and agriculture, Public transit and the Postal Service. The county says it will require proof of residency or proof of employment and points George's County at the time of the appointment.
Mail Delays (MM #3586)
"The minute with kevin mason back. In september october the postal service warned us of mail delays because of the increase in mail in ballots back for the november election. And yes there were some problems and some machines were taken out and well. There were cue's ations at the postal service was trying to slow down the process. It doesn't look like things have picked up and gotten better course. Christmas for a lot of people was just off because so many people had a mail package this year and one thing i missed along the way was they announced. The postal rates will be going up the forever. Stamps will stay the same price at fifty five cents but all other mail services will be going up to remain competitive. They say but the problem is they're still not getting the job. Done right saw somebody posted on facebook the a christmas card and mailed to them back in december. They finally got almost a month to go across america. Something's gotta be fixed with the mail service. It shouldn't be that hard but somebody once said. Just think you can send correspondents across america for just fifty five cents or it sounded great until the end came about what you can send correspondents across the world for almost free.
"postal service" Discussed on Throughline
"That's it for this week show. I'm rundown at that our MOMS NATTA Louis and you've been listening to through live from NPR. This episode was produced by me and me and Jamie York Lawrence Woo Lane Kaplan. Levinson. Shelly came fact checking for this episode was done by Kevin. Vocal thanks also to Camille Smiley in on your guns. Our music was composed by romping and his band drop electric, which includes Nevada larvae show Fujiuwara Anya Mizutani, and I want to take a quick second to shout out a new short dock from NPR's video team about the march on Washington they talked to six people who are at the march in nineteen, sixty three and ask them a bunch of questions stuff like does it feel like history is repeating itself? Do they expect their grandchildren to return to Washington in half a century? is a great video check it out at YouTube dot com slash NPR. Like something heard or you have an idea for an episode, please write us a through line NPR dot, org or hit us up on twitter I throw line NPR. Thanks for listening..
"postal service" Discussed on Throughline
"Will. I'm from Addison sexist and you're listening to through I'm from NPR. This message comes from NPR sponsored Tyler Doc Tele Doc is here for you with twenty four, seven access to board certified doctors who can diagnose and treat non-emergency conditions like sinus infections, allergies, rashes, and more and tell docs. Doctors can where authorized call in a prescription to be filled at the pharmacy of your choice download the APP today or visit Tele Doc dot com slash NPR. In eighteen eighty, nine John wanamaker was named Postmaster General. He was kind of an odd fit. The very wealthy creator of a wildly popular department store wanamaker was nonetheless critical of the industrial robber barons who had amassed their vast fortunes often through monopolies in the post office. Winifred Gallagher says wanamaker her favourite postmaster general by the way saw away, the government could help level the playing field for everyday Americans. The Post Office Golden Age really was overlapped with the progressive era which lasted from eighteen ninety two World War One early on in that in that process wanamaker. Picked up on the discontent that average Americans were experiencing. They wanted the federal government to protect them from the industrial revolution in. Economic injustices. Barons that they they people were looking to the federal government for for economic protection. From from, you know all kinds of abuses with robber barons were you know dripping with diamonds and and failing around on yachts and a lot of farmers and and mine workers and average people couldn't even make ends meet. So. wanamaker was eager to defend democracy from these propitious monopolies. So he laid the foundations for the great turn of the century coastal innovations like rural free delivery and parcel post you have to realize in in America was still. Bosley. Mostly a Brian until, nineteen hundred. Those people did not have free delivery of mail they had to go often walk or ride a horse to post office a couple of miles away. They were very cut off from mainstream society and they particularly suffered in terms of getting consumer goods. They basically had to pay for whatever the little general store in their town wanted to charge for a pair of boots or woodstove or whatever it was. They needed they had no recourse. After rural free delivery and parcel post, they could get goods delivered to their door for a fair price. You know before parcel post, the monopolies would deliver the goods where you in charge you know like many times what parcel post charged. So these two things being able to get books and magazines and letters every day and being able to order goods from the new consumer catalog this really Kind of integrated agrarian Americans into the mainstream society which was enormous boon for them. There's a lot of. Testimonials to how? People who felt very isolated and cut off it just looks like a whole new ballgame for them when they could be part of the communication structure. He also laid the groundwork for something that you hear a lot about today at a time when banks ignored the needs of many average citizens, people couldn't get just like today they couldn't get checking accounts or anything. The banks just wanted to deal with the well off the post office provided basic financial services to average people, and this was did particularly well during the Great Depression. Where you could do simple banking at at your post office. So this is something that people by Senator Kristen, job randers, trying to get the post office to start up postal savings again. Whenever you. You spend a lot of time obviously thinking about writing about the post office and on those like long. It's too I oh man you were thinking about it I guess I'm wondering you know for someone listening today when the president context, why do using this story matters to to Americans today and and what would you want them to take away from understanding the role had an creating country I think just that The post office did arguably create the country and create our political culture there good days and bad days, but we do have this extraordinary. Freedom of information and communications. That's kind of made us who we are. I think the. There are three possibilities going forward. Actually I. Think you know you'll hear people say. Oh, the post should be privatized. That's not a popular position most people are. Beloved. The Post Office and they don't see why they should have to give it up just for the sake of privatizing it. The other possibility is that the there could be a massive federal and investment to retrofit the post. Office for the digital. Age. I think that is politically implausible because it's very hard to get funding for anything. These days other than military I. Guess. But that is something in the nineteen eighties. Post Office really dropped the ball the post office could have and should have. Seen that the transition was going to be from paper mail to electric nail and it just didn't have the nerve and lack the congressional leadership to make that decision, which is really tragic. But that's water under the bridge I think the likeliest. Compromise. We need to preserve the nation's very enviable communications infrastructure that I mean, imagine because it goes to every address in America six days a week that's an extraordinary a faculty that a lot of countries don't have. So you could preserve it by cutting unnecessary services such as Saturday letter mail, which no one wants except you know the the postal labor unions advertisers. And improving the profitable ones notably delivery of important hardcopy documents and parcels I mean as we all know right now during the our health crisis parcels every morning and. and I think in these uncertain times, it's hard to overstate the value of a delivery system that can reach every house with. Potentially urgently needed materials including stimulus checks and voting forms to say nothing of medical tests and drugs as well as regular mail. So I think is an excellent time for people to think about the value system and. We've kept it for hundred forty years and also to remember that the post almost went out of business knee eighteen forties, and then when it went on to have its golden age, it started doing things that didn't people never thought post office would do. So I think if you look at it from a historical perspective it, it really is.
"postal service" Discussed on Throughline
"Inflection points. It's still. Everybody who goes to the post office Richard Poor Black or white? You're you're just buying your stamp. So it always has been very much of an equaliser. Interestingly women in particular have done well Drake Moore's during a war all the men are away fighting and the post office needs somebody to handle the mail. So even during the revolutionary war when we're very active in postal services and and were complimented on their patriotism for keeping that up the same is true during Western migration the men were just too busy and there were there just weren't enough men to do all the jobs that need doing. So women got a lot of opportunities in the West to serve as post masters. This was certainly also true during the Civil War Montgomery Blair had women working right in the federal headquarters in Washington. DC which was considered quite. Betray at the time they were very important in the in the dead letter office where all mail that got lost and route would go and these very intelligent women with try to figure out and often did figure out where where the stuff was supposed to go from these very this`digital little addresses. and. After the civil war in terms of the Republicans policy reconstruction, the post was the first major institution really to employ large numbers of African Americans in all capacities including executive roles, they weren't just letter carriers. Bear in mind that the post office was the federal government's most important function from. The declaration of independence until world. War. One it was the most important thing. Federal Government did the biggest thing of federal government did in fact it really was the federal government the way most people experienced it most people if you were in Indiana or. Own, new. Mexico you're postmaster who a federal employees that was that was the closest you got to the federal government. So the fact that this enormous institution employed.
"postal service" Discussed on Throughline
"Pennsylvania and you're listening to line from. NPR. This message comes from NPR sponsor ancestry. Every family has a story bring yours to life with ancestry an ancestry DNA tasked can tell you where your ancestors are from and ancestries, billions of records and millions of family trees. Let you discover their unique stories. What will you discover? It's easy to get started start your ancestry fourteen day free trial or get an ancestry DNA kit at ancestry dot com slash. NPR some days reading a bunch of headlines just isn't enough. Need to look the new sink in. On consider this NPR's new Daily News podcast we can help you do that. Each day in about ten minutes, you can find out just what happened but why and what it means. Consider this new episodes every weekday afternoon from NPR. So I mean it sounds kind of like this project right the postal service project and that the founding fathers set in motion right at the beginning of the Christian of the country was. Like remarkably successful, right like it was helping to circulate you know newspapers and. I guess you know helping that industry grow as well. It sounds kind of like a pretty ideal story but I wondering like is there a flip side to that like was it all dislike news for the Postal Service in those days? Well The worst crisis that the post office ever experienced was actually in the eighteen forties, which is kind of an interesting story because everybody's talking about the crisis now. Back, in the eighteen, Forty S, the post office on this went out of business because. People got annoyed with the high cost of letter mail people were better educated they had things like paper and pens they want it to be like the people in England, they wanted to be able to send mail frequently. So they revolted and they started patronizing private mail carriers. The competed with post charged much less than the post for carrying letters. So Congress had it's back to the wall and had to enact some very important reforms. One of which was reducing letter postage to Mir pennies. It was I think three cents. Then Congress authorized America's first. Wildly popular convenience stamps so that people didn't have to go the post office you have with each letter and have it laid and Yada Yada Yada. So this was it doesn't sound like much to us today but at the time it was, it was like email it was all of a sudden people had cheap speedy correspondence. Sometimes, if you were on a railroad line, you could even have the same day reply. You could invite a friend in one city for dinner and get his or her reply back after noon and make your meal. It profoundly changed America's personal relationships. People could have these long distance relationships with that didn't cost a fortune. This aspect of it became especially important during the great migration to the West which was happening you know starting the late forties. Really. Bloomed after the civil war but the only way people who left farm in Ohio and ended up in the Washington territory the only way they had to stay in touch with through the mail. Through letters. So this became really important way of keeping the east coast and the West Coast connected and to get that job done. The post had to subsidize stage coaches, boats, and eventually transcontinental railroad to connect those two coast together and to allow people to communicate and the economy to communicate I mean bear might after the gold rush changed everything from for most of our history America was just this little band along east coast than into the south kind of A. Relatively. Narrow ban that the sudden in eighteen, forty eight, you had the gold rush. You had the end of the Mexican American war that brought us whole southwest and the incorporation of Oregon territory. All of the sudden we had this huge country and how are you going to connect those two pieces together I? Mean this is what I mean. When I say the post office created America really did forge those those two paths of America together. Key letters were also important. Of course, during the civil war was the only way that soldiers had a way to keep in touch with their loved ones but Montgomery Blair who was Abraham? Lincoln's really brilliant postmaster general as going executives do saw the civil war, the crisis of civil war as an opportunity to improve. Mail service especially because he didn't have to pay for the services throughout the south. So he had had some money to spend and he expanded the very fast railway mail service started the first safe money order so that the troops could send their salaries home to their families. I mean bear in mind until then the way you could send money revalue ables are a will or anything like that jewelry was to put it in the mail and hope it got there. You know hope no one. Stole it. So money orders were a game changer and he also established home delivery in the city's. So previously, people had to go to their local general post office and pick up their mail. Now, people got their mail delivered to them in the cities. So in that time of crisis that was the civil war, the postal service innovated it sounds like you would think naturally the you know the country splitting in half or injuring there being a massive bloody war it would put the postal service at risk. But it sounds like, no they actually innovated and tried new thing. Yeah. He really pivoted and used it as an opportunity to modernize earth. Again, as I said, he didn't have to pay for the south. So you know he had some latitude there during the war Lincoln actually let the mail be delivered in the south for I. Think about two months before he finally stopped it and the south had to start its own post office. Both sides had to reissue completely reassured new stamps the south because they didn't have any in the north because they didn't want old stamps to be used as money by by southerners. So, there was a lot of action in the philatelic world just trying to Get. Stamps. Job With what was going on with politics? So after the civil war. Like an incredibly dramatic moment for the country you now have. A whole group of people who are now free and. And one of the things that I just wanted to get your take on this from this point on, it seems like the postal service creates opportunities for African Americans for women for people who over the next hundred years would start to get their raising. So I'm just wondering from your perspective, what you see some of the real important.
"postal service" Discussed on Throughline
"I'm Chris. Axel were the hosts of no compromise NPR's new podcast exploring one families mission to reconstruct America using too powerful tools, guns, and facebook new episodes drop every Tuesday join us for the no compromise podcast from NPR? Winfred Gallagher started thinking about the role of the post office because for fifteen years I've more or less commuted between New York City Analytical Cowboy town in Wyoming. She spoke to us from that little cowboy town do boys Wyoming, and she said that taking that trip so often gave her a lot of time to think about what linked one half of the country to the other half the country, and it was the post on this. Can you describe? How the founders. Thought about the postal system and why it was such an important part of the nation from the beginning times of being able to correct. Different parts of the call of them became a country in nation. Well the post office was really woven into America's DNA by Benjamin Franklin. He was of course, a founding father, but also our first postmaster. General. His brilliant experienced running the primitive mail system that linked the Great Britain's thirteen colonies gave him the managerial skills but much more important. It also convinced him that these thirteen very quarrelsome little feifdoms would be far more powerful together than apart. The. Patriots. First concerted acts. Included the creation of underground communications networks that enabled them to conspire under the British radar. But I was called the committees of correspondence and then the constitutional post. These informal networks were the thing that link Thomas Jefferson and Sam Adams the other revolutionaries. Enable them to talk treason but they were all. Not. Just the incubators of the new post office St Parliament as it would be called which was established in seventeen, seventy five but other than the United States government itself. The you could argue that the the first US government was really an information and communications network. so It makes sense that it was super important to the founders right. The reason why the country was able to be created sounds like I, mean information I mean cash, right? It was the nervous system of the republic the early Republican. And the same people who ran these communications networks ran ended up running government. Things changed a lot in seventeen, ninety two because Benjamin Rush James Madison I mean these guys were political philosophers. They weren't just like some guys. They were a very impressive intellectuals in their own rights. They realized that democracy if it's GonNa work requires knowledgeable voters. So they decided that they would use their new postal s network to create an informed electorate, and this is really crucial. This kind of robinhood scheme that used but very costly posted for letter mail. Then most people didn't even get one whatever years they were mostly sent by businessmen and lawyers. So they soak these businessmen on their letter mail and that money subsidized mailing cheap uncensored newspapers to every citizen. This was considered wildly radical in Europe and Europe. The governing powers didn't want the people to know what was going on. So. This really very enlightened postal policy is the thing that really sparked Americans very lively, disputatious political culture, which we see every day and also made us for Global Communications and information superpower of the world with amazing speed. So be given the speed of the information is being shared. How did this? Change the trajectory of the country in those early years well, the Post bandmate to deliver the news throughout very rapidly expanding country. It was already moving west over the Appalachian that very quickly organized the country's physical and social landscape around post offices that were connected by post roads. In order to get the newspapers to the people that department had to jump, start a transportation industry that there was no way to get from point eight point be until the post office started paying. Initially. Horseback riders and stage coaches to deliver the mail as quickly as possible. So by the time, Tocqueville came to America in eighteen, thirty one, the system already had our mail system already had twice as many post offices as Great Britain and five times more than his own France he was astonished. At how quickly how quickly developed, of course, most papers then had no way to distribute themselves widely other than the male. I mean if you had a newspaper, you could sell whatever you goodsell. Corner. But you have to have like a more wide distribution you dependent on the post office. Part of the mandate to create an informed electorate. Led the post to have very low prices for mailing books and magazines which still exist today if you're having somebody a book always right book read on the Front you pay less than half. and. In a country, a lot of which was agrarian for you know, well, well, well into the twentieth century. This business of sending magazines and books very cheech for the country really amounted to what was for a lot of people in informal educational system sort of like a secondary educational system where people really learned about what would they got the National Geographic and they got you know Ladies Home Journal to learn about health and This was really the way people kept himself informed.
"postal service" Discussed on Stuff Mom Never Told You
"Thank you sponsored. So President John F. Kennedy formed the President's Commission on the status of women in nineteen sixty one specifically to examine the employment practices of federal offices in nine hundred, sixty, two, he ordered that federal appointments be made without regards to sex. More and more women became carriers. By one thousand nine, hundred eighty they made up about ten percent of carriers the nine hundred, sixty, three equal pay act also made room for more black women and the number employed shut up at the. Women were fighting for the rights for standard uniforms and separate but equal bathrooms in the nineteen sixties skirts were made an official uniform option in nineteen fifty five and it wasn't until Nineteen sixty-nine that women were allowed into the US postal. Inspection Service and in one thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, four, the postal service claimed it was one of the world's largest employer of women the product of a long standing postal tradition of providing career opportunities to women. Too, long there though So women in the service looked at the lack of leadership in the agency and disagreed as I said in response the Postal Service bounded the women's program to seek out women for placement in high level jobs, and it was semi successful at the time women made up only sixteen point five percent of those positions, less than any other federal agencies and the leader of this program. Mary Valentino called it only on paper she filed a class action lawsuit for one hundred, fifty, five, thousand feet, postal service workers in nineteen, seventy seven. Letter carriers began to unionize in the eighteen sixties. So yes, going a backup pitch. Including mostly Black National Alliance of postal employees. In the nineteen seventies. Jumping, to our present spot in the airline cares on an eight straight dubbed the revolt of the good guys. This led to an act of Congress establishing the US P. S. prior had been called the post office department and funded by taxpayers. So this is our more modern iteration we're seeing right here. Now, it was expected to fund itself and by the Nineteen Ninety S. Not only was doing it was profiting that changed with a new law in two thousand and six that required that the post office pay upfront the benefits of future employees spanning seventy five years into the future and since then. Perhaps. Obviously it is not reported a profit. In one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, five, Jackie strange was appointed as deputy postmaster general the highest rank ever held by woman in the postal office at the time her work when it came to advancing women in USPS was regarded so well that Australia's post busted general asked her for advice. In two thousand eight women made up sixty one percent of the twenty, five, thousand, eighty, nine postmaster positions and Mangan. Jay Brennan became the first female postmaster general in two thousand fifteen. So what is storied history We definitely have a ways to go still but. Just. Much Choose. A topic and I really have no idea how interesting it's going to be okay. I mean this does feels like wild wild was kind of level of history with. Civil Rights history and a two, and I think it would be a great series. Someone needs to do this ASEP. Yes yes. We shall eagerly await that. But in the meantime we would love to hear from you. We would eagerly await that as well. You can e mail us our emails stuff medium stuff at Iheartmedia, dot..
"postal service" Discussed on Business Wars
"You know kind of long distance transportation flights that you know kind of Fedex has the capability of doing that almost no other carrier company in the world has the ability to do so for them to Ed essentially rent some of that cargo space to other carriers like the Postal Service complete sense a lot of the postal services. You, know kind of biggest. Purchases are often those priority mail packages or you know kind of those express packages and it the postal service doesn't have planes to get those across the entire country overnight or within two days. So they have to use a partner who now starting to get kind of interesting because I can only imagine a clever postmaster general approaching Fedex and saying you know the way we use your planes to get around the country what if we were to partner with Amazon? And maybe help Amazon get its delivery service off the ground I mean is it conceivable that the United? States postal service could in fact, come up with some kind of partnership with a nascent Amazon delivery. Oh, Amazon has very very deep ties with the postal service. Remember. Amazon. Was the one that ask the postal service to start delivering packages on. Sunday. So Amazon and the Postal Service get go back a long time and. An Amazon in many ways has has been a significant part of helping the postal service, maintain its delivery density yet you know so could the postal service take advantage of what you're describing David, which is Amazon's kind of airline, fleet. That's absolutely possible I think that Amazon is quite a ways away from six hundred planes at this time though. So the capacity that they'd be able to offer is probably much smaller and also be much more confined to certain delivery dates because an Amazon own packages would take precedence and all the data that we're seeing seems to suggest that Amazon has so many packages that it is keeping its own fleet. More than busy and then also still using these other carriers like Fedex ups postal service to deliver everything else which suggests that they at this moment in time may not have capacity to take that much more from from other players. Thinking back to this series got started. You know they say all good stories begin once upon a time and I think ours began once upon a time there was this company called ups. And it was it was a giant. You know it was the big Kahuna when it came to deliveries and then there was this upstart Fedex. And now here we are in two thousand twenty talking about Amazon and and the future for the United States Postal Service right now. WHO's winning who is who is number one in this particular business war? is IT FEDEX UPS is it USPS I don't think so but maybe it's Amazon who who's who's winning in this particular business war. As we speak this shopper, the consumer is really the probably the single biggest winner because they're getting at this moment in time relatively quick delivery. and. They're getting it relatively inexpensively where they're not bearing the cost of it in terms of. You know that the carriers themselves I think there are different ways to look at WHO's winning. If you were to look at from a number of packages, standpoint ups actually has I think forty percent of the share of of the ECOMMERCE packages that are there..
"postal service" Discussed on Into America
"Could have a real impact on the high stakes twenty twenty presidential election. Is. A game of inches not miles so is not about the ninety nine point, nine percent of the mail getting their timely it is that fraction of a percent which can make a difference in outcome of the election I was used as example, twenty, eight thousand people voted in the city of Detroit in two. Teen and a skip the top of the ticket and eighty percent black city. But Michigan was lost by less than eleven thousand. The outcome was buried in people who actually voted for whatever reason I skipped a top of the ticket. We have to be very clear. The loss of any volt is a threat to our democracy and we should not accept it as a normal was going to be okay it is not okay. Donald Trump has said that if you know if you expand know vote by mail that the Republicans may not win another election. The you think Mellon voting should be expanded or are there actual concerns that the more you expanded that there could be some plain above? Well in the midst of this statement is the problem. We should not fold our election process to meet the interest of a political party. The political party must meet interest of the voters. If your message in of your platforms are strong enough. Then it should attract people, but people should not be routed. Agree with you, and if they don't, then you put up barriers for their participation. Political parties are nothing but vehicles for agendas. And if the agendas that are making up the platform of the party in this moment is inadequate to attract the necessary support of the voting public. Then the public is not the problem, the agendas, the problem. You know obviously president trump's fingerprints are all over what we've been seeing happening. He's wage this war against the post office you know in in part because the Amazon connection, he wants them to charge more because he has a a vendetta against Jeff bezos But then again, the post office has had a tangle of financial difficulties over the years partly because of the way they have to fund upfront the pensions and everything. It's kind of a mess out there. Is there any chance that this is just purely bad optics right known affairs politics involved just the joy just trying to align the post offices financial state is there any chance at all? I, think it is a power grab for the current election to ensure that certain balance will be slowed or prevented from being considered Also think is a long term play around a set of private entities who seek to privatize as much of government as possible. Even the joy owns interest in a company that was doing business with the post office If you look at their whole funding model in their structure, Congress have tamper with the functions of the Pulse Office for years bexley crippling is ability to grow and develop, and yet it has persevere because it's such a durable American is. and. What's interesting about the post office is not being funded by tax dollars is actually running off the fees generate from the services, and so if you if you believe in a business model, allow the model that works for this agency to continue to grow in work in stop. Putting in place barriers to handicap is ability. To Service the American citizens. Derek for all the reasons you mentioned there's great concern about how black voters will be impacted by the changes made at the Postal Service but the postal service also employs a bunch of black folks right? Historically, the USPS has been a a ladder into the middle class for so many black people and black families. Is there any sense of how the joy changes in terms of cutting overtime and all the other things he's done? WILL IMPACT BLACK POSTAL WORKERS You know the post office outside of this they've been under a consistent attack by many in the conservative movement. It is a governmental function has been successful as an American institution but for the legislative bodies taking the resources out of the post office enforcing the boss officer operate on a shoestring yet, they still have been consistently productive. It is a true ladder to middle class African Americans you know are are are we call coming out of high school and people were aggressively seeking a job at the post office as they were considering how to navigate through college and most people who got the job at the post office? That they have steady employment could benefits and the ability to secure health insurers no the between the pulse office in the military those were the ladders for impoverished communities particularly after American communities to really out a living for their family and build out their communities. So, as the end P pushes forward with his lawsuit against the US S. Early last week the joy agree to suspend all cost cutting measures nine on. Friday while testifying the Congress. He made it clear that the postal service will prioritize ballots overall other male. But as you put forward, what else are you looking for for the USPS to do that they haven't already conceded? Is something else Well absolutely, the harm that was caused must be restored you have to repair you have to put those machines by place you need to have a plan of execution to ensure mail delivered timely, and this is not just about the election. These are about individuals who depend on delivery of the postal service for their medications and veterans and others is all. Goes Beyond Ambala it goes through the quality of life that people have grown accustomed to, and some of that is based on the timely delivery of their male. That's why in recent polling you see of seventy eighty percent of people support the post office, and some of the changes that has been done probably will be detrimental to all those who are responsible. So as as you consider the history of the postal service and you consider just how important their role actually is every single day. Even when we're not in an election year is the fight you are waging on behalf of voters about you know more than just twenty twenty. What are you actually fighting for? Or fighting for. The voting, we don't want people to have to make a decision between their life or their health and their right to vote who wants options on the table. But I think what has happened also as opened up the long-term term conversation around the postal service that the systemic attacks on the postal service, over the last twenty years has now come to light. So I think this is step one and we're going to be successful in this. The fact that the house went in on a Saturday in the midst of this pandemic after they had already left for their recess comeback and vote for five billion dollar package that speaks volumes I hope that after this cycles over, we take it out of the partisan consideration we have a system that people have unfettered access to Poli. We must be a representative democracy we cannot spread the message of freedom abroad we not practicing it at home. That was NWC W. C. P. President Derek Johnson along with veteran mail handler J. Thurman we reached out to the US Postal Service for comment on the N.. Double ACP lawsuit but didn't hear back in time for publication. A special thanks to NBC BE Okay Editor Michelle Garcia and report a Curtis Bun for help with today's story. Into America is produced by Isabel Angel Alison Bailey. Aaron Don. Max Jacobs Barbara Rab cleared cy I should turn her and pretty von original music by Hannah's Brown. OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER IS ELLEN Franken Steve Lick Tie is executive producer of audio. Mainly, will be back on Wednesday..
"postal service" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"Voters should assume that regardless of who their county clerk is, they will follow the rules that have been outlined for them in the State Constitution at the state legislature, the state election code are than I wanted to take you back to the postal service. The kinds of changes that the joy has into place. Seem to be making it more difficult for people to get their balance in even if they have them right. They've collected more a the mail boxes they removed more of Os Mailboxes. NEIGHB- apparently slowed down delivery in some areas. Until me, how bad has happened? Is it because a layoffs is because cutting back on oath for time what has he managed to do that will slow down the male deliberate right I think that his his contributions here are very much policy related. So I think people are very very focused right now on the removal of certain postboxes, those big blue boxes that you see on the street. Also the removal of certain. Swing devices that that large coastal. For the most part, those changes were scheduled to take place. Well, before Mr Detroit became the head of the Postal Service 'cause have because the USPS has been in recent years going a lot of changes because this won't surprise any of your listeners. The Mail has changed quite a lot in the last decade USPS. Now handles far fewer letters than they used to and it's Much more about package delivery. So a lot of the sorting machines that you see being removed or the mailboxes on the street just really aren't being used to the extent that would justify their presence and so the removal of those items doesn't necessarily trouble me at all it's it's simply part of the way that the USPS is adjusting to serve its customer race to a certain extent. One of the things that's frustrated me about this moment is that the public's focus on those things because they're visible and you can have pictures and you can have a film footage of them in the background of a new shot carrying away something because of the focus on that, allow the trump administration essentially a PR move to pretend like they're not going to influence the postal. Service anymore. So Mark Meadows would unseat Jake Tapper show a couple of days ago and said, okay well, we're going to stop all of this removal and tell the election is over but those things were never fx the election..
"postal service" Discussed on 1A
"I'm JEN white more Americans than ever will use the postal service to cast their ballot this year and some states are scrambling to put mail in voting in place but five states had already moved to mail in voting even before the pandemic Colorado. Hawaii Oregon Utah and Washington joining us now is the Republican Secretary of State for Washington Kim Wyman. Secretary. Wyman thanks so much for being with us. Thanks having me on and also with us is Nicole good kind politics reporter with Fortune magazine and Mark Demonstration President of the American postal workers. Union. So secretary you've been voting by mail for years. Now, talk about that transition and the structures you put in place to make it happen. Absolutely we began moving to vote by mail in the mid nineties when any voter could choose to be an absentee voter and by our two, two thousand and four governor's race, which was the closest in the country's history. We realized that you couldn't effectively do a whole site and pull vote by mail election well, start switching in two thousand and five to two thousand eleven to complete vote by mail, and in that time we worked very closely with. Our postal partners to redesign mail pieces to try to get the lowest rates on on our our mail out and the best service possible and so you know through those years we've also been able to build out our infrastructure in our election facilities to be able to be very efficient effective in our processing ballots how much did you or do you even going forward have to rethink your timelines and deadlines to make sure the USPS can handle votes properly Oh, quite a bit actually In fact, we had to move our primary election back from September August, really to just put into place a the time, the mailing timelines that we needed to make sure voters got ballots and time. Now, president trump has expressed his concerns over fraud when it comes to mail in voting until of other Republicans as someone with a lot of mail in voting experience. Have you seen any fraud? We have Washington experience has been a very low level of fraud in two thousand eighteen. We did compare voter history to other states and we did find in our state one, hundred and forty two cases of what looks like people there voted twice or voted behalf of deceased family member and I I give you the context that hundred and forty, two out of three point two, million ballots cast. So does it happened? Yes. rampant no we asked listeners who are postal workers to call in and you did our new postmaster general has no idea what the post offices about. He doesn't understand the work on our level. He understands big numbers for corporations and things like that, and it's just It's just not working. We've been here since day one. and. I don't think anyone care. Just, take us for granted. Cloudy males they are telling US team leads to mail going wall and me made. No more overtime no more same passed and time you're supposed to say. But. What they're really doing is making sure that we don't get mail out one. Thanks for sharing your stories with us here a lot of frustration there. Nicole I'm over some recent changes including the new Postmaster General Louis. Joy can you tell us a little bit more about him and the changes we've seen under his administration? Yeah. Absolutely. So this is a man who has contributed largely to the Republican party including over one million dollars to the trump administration. He worked in private enterprise before this and logistics so he does have some some. Experience with getting things out but he has no experience working with USPS before this and people do believe that it is a political appointment. He's been. Officer in the role of postmaster general for just about a month at this point, and he's already quietly making these changes. And I actually I don't know very probably a bit of a violation of status quo. So there might be something going with the Union there too but there have been these kind of quiet memos that are going out and talks with people especially in urban areas, city carriers. Ending overtime. You know stopping tech trips meaning if there are too many packages are too much mail to be delivered. The Post men and women can't actually go back and deliver that day they have to wait which people worry is going to cause this this snowball effect. You have to realize that right now we think you mentioned this before postal workers are essential workers. They've been really really impacted by the current virus. Depending on who you ask between five thousand and nine thousand people have tested positive. There have been many deaths I think the number I heard is forty thousand people have had to who work for the Postal Service they've had to quarantine, and that means taking two weeks away from work. So overtime has become really essential to get all this mail out you combine that with. Its basically being Christmas easing constantly for for the postal service because people are delivering and getting things ordered to their house more since they're sheltering in place. I think the data said that twenty percent. Of all work is done in overtime now. So to eliminate, that is pretty serious and I think it's concerning to a lot of people as well because this is supposed to be in a revenue increase. But what we've seen in the past when you look back to two thousand eleven. The USPS announced like about three billion dollars service cuts that slowed their first class mail delivery. And it actually ended the fiscal year with a record net loss of fifteen point, nine billion dollars, and that was compared to a net loss of five point one, billion the year before. So it it hasn't worked in the past. and. Then when you think about this in terms of having to gear up for what is likely one of the. Most most difficult elections for the US. Best. To date. It seems like we're headed for some sort of issue especially considering the hasn't even hit its own goals on time delivery any type of first class mail in in five. Years. And that's exactly the kind of mail that absentee ballots will be sent through secretary women as you prepare for the November election. How concerned are you by the smell slowdown? Oh, we're very concerned I elected officials across the country are working really hard to have contingency plans but I. You know it's not easy. I've been on a few calls with with the president and the not the President President Demon seen and heard him talk about the fact that they delivered to every household in the in the country in a way that our private carriers don't. So we're we have contingency plans, but I think election officials are very concerned. The Post Office is a reducing service that will be able to get balanced people in time. I want to get a little more context around the financial situation we heard from Brian who emails are not most of the post offices financial problems caused by the forward funding of retirement accounts, Congress, convicts us at any time your thoughts about that mark is that the main issue you're facing right now yet? Well, yes, and no, the two thousand and six law the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act that Nicole mentioned set into motion a manufactured a congressionally manufactured crisis in the post office, no other entity government. Private business head the PREFUND retiree healthcare benefits seventy five years into the future that which for people that not only didn't work yet at the post office in some cases for people that weren't even born yet, and the post office was successfully painting as they go those benefits that drained five point, five, billion dollars a year out of the post office. But what's happened now is a different crisis..
"postal service" Discussed on The Daily
"Up Work is giving one million dollars in talent. Grants to businesses working to counter the ongoing impacts of coping nineteen as the world's largest network of remote professionals they're connecting existing teams with remote experts tack creative and operations in an effort to help save lives and rebuild the economy to learn more go to upward dot com slash work together. I'm Wendy door and I'm an editor on the daily for most of my adult life. I thought of the New York Times as a giant news machine that spit out news stories all day. Long kind of like a vending machine and I'm embarrassed to say that it wasn't really until I came to work here at the Times that I started to think about the reporters behind those news stories and what it takes to get the story in the first place. Sometimes these reporters risk their lives. Sometimes they talk to us at two in the morning. Sometimes they call us from a war zone and not only do they tell us what's happening on ground wherever they are but they also give us the context that we need to understand it. If you like hearing from these reporters every day which I know I do the one thing that you can do to support them and the daily is to subscribe to the New York Times if you'd like to do that go to ny times dot com slash subscribe. I have to imagine that this pretty beloved institution is at the Front of the line for any kind of bailout at a moment when Congress handing out money to a lot of business across the country. I think that's a fair assumption and so we saw in March when Congress is racing to put together the cares act. It's big two trillion dollar relief bill to try and prop up the economy. Democrats and Republicans. Get kind of a handshake deal to send it. Thirteen billion dollars. direct funding. That will help it. Keep operating through the summer and the fall and hopefully whether the worst of the crisis but in the middle of these high stakes negotiations the White House comes and out of trillions of dollars of spending points in the United States. Postal Service and says We're not going to support a bail out. We're not interested in including that in this bill and you better not put it in our way because we don't want to have problem and why is that? Why won't the White House? They allow the postal service so actually starts with the Washington. Post the newspaper that the president feels has covered him to critically to unfairly he perceives kind of one of his biggest enemies in Washington. That paper happens to be owned by. Jeff Bezos the founder and chief executive of Amazon and Amazon as we know is heavily reliant on the United States postal service to deliver many of its packages all across the country. The details of its contracts are kept private but in the postal service does quite a bit of business with Amazon Amazon. Certainly take a look at the post office and this is much as anything else is what has informed. Trump's view of the postal service and post office is losing billions of dollars and the taxpayers are paying for that money because it delivers packages for Amazon. At a very below cost. And that's not fair. He's of the opinion. That Amazon is basically ripping off. The Postal Service and Amazon has the money to pay the fare rate at the post office. Which would be much more than that thing right. Now that it's getting packages delivered far too cheaply. And that Bazo says being enriched off of you know this government service Amazon is going to have to pay much more money to the post office. There's no doubt about that. And so he's basically put down a line in the sand and said unless the Postal Service agrees to Jack Up Prices. Four hundred or even five hundred percent on Amazon packages. That's quite a lot of money. I'm not gonNA give him a sense. I'm not going to bail them out. I won't give him alone. I'm not going to do anything for them. Because they're being such suckers while so. The president has specifically linked his reluctance to assist the postal service financially with his frustrations with Amazon. And Jeff Bezos. Absolutely there is though a second thing going on here and this is kind of this. Other interests may be better represented by Steve Mnuchin. Who's the Treasury Secretary? So what Mnuchin and some of these others want are basically to change the postal service in ways that will cut its cost that will increase its prices and kind of shrink its footprint bolt so that it can meet its own financial obligations. Start to address this big debt that attract up but also in ways that will allow its private competitors like Fedex and ups to get a little bit more of an upper hand in the market. I mean they would say that this is about competition and that the postal service has been given some unfair monopolies in certain areas or you know has been allowed to keep its rates too low in a way that harm these private businesses and needs to be changed in a way that will make the whole field more competitive so this is all in the White House his mind when Congress comes to a few weeks ago and says we want this money to bail out the ailing postal service and all the sudden. They realized that they're presented with a real new unity to put a mark on the postal service. In this moment of flux that could affect wait a lot of both what president trump and what MNUCHIN and his allies want to see. And how how could this be an opportunity for the White House? So MNUCHIN recognizes that. The Postal Service is in a bad way that it has a real financial need and if instead of giving it a no strings attached bailout. The Treasury Department instead gets authority to give it alone then he has treasury secretary could essentially dictate terms changes that the postal service would have to adopt if it wants to get this loan money from the Treasury Department and so it gives him significant new leverage to try and put in place some of these long held ambitions that he has for the postal service most explicitly. This question of rates MNUCHIN wants more not only rate increases but increases where Amazon would essentially have to pay more but he wants be able to look at those contracts himself and make sure that they are meeting. I suppose his standard for with a look like nick. Is it possible that that's exactly? What the Postal Service should be doing? I mean a mindful. The fact that Amazon for example is the country's most profitable business. It could probably stand to pay higher rates and would that be better for the postal service. It's a very good question. And that's very possible at a time when the volume of packages because of the pandemic is increasing significantly at the post. I mean this could be an area to really close some of the revenue gap. But there's a couple things to keep in mind one. There's a big difference between know modest changes and reevaluating a contract to increase prices. Maybe ten or fifteen percent. I don't know and what president trump is talking about which is a wholesale increase of four or five. Fold so that if a package today cost eight bucks to ship. It's going to be thirty two bucks or higher and that kind of thing you know independent business analysts will quickly tell you is kind of ludicrous like it just won't work and it would probably backfire on the postal service because Amazon could easily find a way to deliver that.
"postal service" Discussed on Politics and More Podcast
"Of just how far back in American history the postal service goes. Could you tell us a little bit about where the US Postal Service came from? Yeah I mean it's really fascinating to me. I knew it was an early institution I knew it was in the constitution itself. But what I hadn't realized as you know. The Post Office was one of the first acts of rebellion. There was the Royal Mail in operated this country but understandably a one of the ways. The colonists felt most restricted pinched in tax was through the mail. So is actually you know. Summer of Seventeen seventy five second continental congress that they decided they wanted their own independent postal service so they could communicate with one another. And that's when Ben Franklin is named Postmaster General and it's the start of reorganizing the country independently and post offices in the articles of confederation. And then they actually they expand its power in the constitution. So it's a tremendously long history and again even in those early days a tremendously high level of satisfaction but way back out of course the US was just a collection of thirteen colonies and then the role. The Postal Service changed the country expanded geographically right. It didn't just follow American settlers into the Wilderness. Where they win. It actually helped to develop it and you know that when I mentioned the constitution tied even more authority to the Postal Service. It actually allowed for the construction of Postal Road. So it gave the government a mandate to secure the delivery of the mail. And that meant that over time. You know these postal roads and maybe some listeners have have been on the Albany Post Road or the Boston post road. Those were the postal rose. They ran from Florida to Maine all the way into Canada. And it allowed the government to reach into these places and generate more commerce and more communication and more transportation some with more success than others. You know the Pony Express while famous was apparently kind of disastrous. But you know there's still a mule train delivery service by the Post Office on one of the native American reservations in this country and you know there are people who get their mail by floatplane or by ferry boat and so just remarkable the way tracks our country's history in the way that you know the government really does follow citizens where they go to provide them services into meet their needs. The Postal Service operated profitably until two thousand six. What went wrong at that point. So the postal service right. It was running a profit in two thousand six hundred nine hundred million dollars in profit and a lame duck session of Congress on. Let's be clear it was a Republican led decided to change some of the mandates around the postal service and one of the things they did was make it harder for the postal service to raise the price of its services. Congress actually has oversight over the post office to such a degree that if they want to raise the price of stamps at takes congressional approval so the first thing Congress did was say we're going to set the rate of increase and we're going to tie it to the consumer price index and we don't care if your jet fuel is more expensive or the fuel for your delivery. Fleet is more expensive or healthcare costs or anything else. We're GONNA limit the rate of increase on your services but far more detrimental was a kind of poison pill in that mandate which required the postal service to start pre-funding. It's retirement accounts for seventy five years. And you know if that sounds crazy to you. Dorothy it is no other private or public company has has such a long pre-funding mandate this is basically pain into the retirements of employees. Who Haven't been born yet. But I don't even understand the rationale for that. I think you'd think a long time before you came up with anything other than this was an act of sabotage if we make sure. It's a lot of a lot of other public goods. If you starve them you know if you deprive them of the money they need to flourish. Then you point at them and say well they're failing and you know the long term thinking is we will eventually privatize it. The Corona Virus. Emergency spending bill a allows the US PS to borrow ten billion dollars. That sounds like a lot of money but the airline industry say which serves far fewer Americans than the post office got fifty billion in the bill. What accounts for the disparity is that to just an ideological yet? I mean that's an interesting question. So the postmaster general went and testified before Congress and she said the post office would really need need about eighty nine billion dollars to sure up for the next few years. And let's be clear you know to to make it ready to handle the national election. This fall should we all be voting by mail to continue to provide the medications that that seniors and vulnerable people need and that includes all the. Va Prescriptions so. You know to ask for eighty nine billion and to get a ten billion dollar loan you see the kind of band-aid Congress's offering and worse than that you know. President trump tried to place additional restrictions on the money. It was supposed to be an unrestricted loan of ten billion. And you know he's out there making demands about some of the collective bargaining riots in raising package rates based on his animosity towards Jeff. Bazo listen and the Amazon Corporation so like a lot of things. He's personalized this problem and tried to use it as a way to settle grievances. When you know I think finally there is starting to be a bipartisan conversation. About saving the postal service and that some of these Republican members whatever their ideology about small government. And you know restricting government spending. They realized that the postal service is essential and that again ninety one percent of Americans value this institution and may value at just as highly regardless of their party. Identification and so. I hope that that ten billion is the first not the last of the funding offers made and that frankly disparaging to call it a bailout. I think that the government ought to be investing in the postal service so the postal service does need major reforms. Nee need them right away. What are some immediate steps? That could be taken. Yeah that's a nice point. Dorothy the truth is there are a lot of things that Congress regulations that that Congress could change and allowances that Congress could made. 'cause there are some members of Congress. Who over the last? Few years have been advocating for what may sound like radical ideas but but some of them have already been in existence before in this country and they are currently functioning well around the world and probably the most interesting of those is consumer banking and this is one of the things that it sounds radical but actually from nineteen eleven until nineteen sixty seven. We had postal banking in this country and that is height in nineteen forty seven. Four million Americans had assets banking with the postal service. And what folks would like to do is return to those low cost basic financial services that you would be able to qualify for regardless of your financial standing. Because they're juniors right now. There are millions of Americans who don't have a checking account. And you know they pay these exorbitant fees to have their checks cashed and they pay high fees to send money orders to pay their bills or to give money to family members and this is one of the needs. The Postal Service could need an and could use to become profitable again. Ups for instance does have Notary Publics S. I discovered for the first time when I had to mail a package the other day important back to the other day. There's no reason the. Us Postal Service couldn't do that too and then what about things seemingly simple things such as going to five day Workweek so? I think we haven't mentioned that. Actually postal workers were six day. Workweeks right now and it fixing the retiree fond and raising prices on services. Yeah you know actually. The tooth is a lot of postal employees not the same ones but but overall they delivery days a week and I think what the post office needs is the ability to be Nimble because if ups decides that they have a retail office that's not profitable. They close it. There is not a congressional hearing and you know understandably members of Congress when they start to hear about offices closing in their district or processing centers. Were jobs might be lost in their district closing. They bring a great deal of resistance and it means that the postal service is not able insofar as it has been now mandated to run itself. Like a business. It's not allowed to and so you know where you might go to five day a week. Standard Mail delivery would still be. He would still want to provide package delivery seven days.
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"I'm DOROTHY WICKHAM. Done about editor of The New Yorker the US Postal Service is a rare thing a beloved federal agency ninety one percent of Americans view it favorably compared to Congress which rates a sorry twenty two percent. Male carriers go to every household in the United States and they're the only US government employees most AC- on a regular basis. They work through hurricanes and blizzards anthrax attacks and outbreaks of infectious disease. To deliver prescriptions groceries. Unemployment checks and an occasional hula-hoop or creative live turkeys but the postal service has been in serious financial trouble for years and as the corona virus crisis has worsened. The volume of mail delivery is estimated to have dropped by thirty percent. Trump is called the postal service a joke falsely claiming that the agencies financial woes stemmed from not charging enough for delivering packages for ECOMMERCE companies. Like Amazon in a press conference this week. House Speaker Nancy. Pelosi criticized the precedence antagonistic stance toward the USPS. And the only way it'll be stopped as the American people understand what loss it is for them. I don't know people think it's because the president wants to come after Amazon. Whatever it is but I think that it's predates that I think it is privatization because anti-governments and that's who they are and that's a legitimate debate to have in our country and we will have it without a bailout or congressional intervention. The Postal Service could be forced to cease operating. By the end of the Year Casey Sep New Yorker Staff writer joins me to discuss the postal services long history and whether the pandemic could change our perceptions of some services provided by the federal government. Casey welcome to the program. Thanks so much dorothy. It'd be an honor to talk with you about anything but it but especially the male so you have an even closer relationship than the rest of us to your neighborhood mail carrier. Could you tell us about your mother? The two is. I come from a postal family. I've got two aunts. Who Work for the post office and my younger sister's Godfather works there too but my mother has been a rural letter carrier for thirty eight years. So she is not a city clerk. Lake some of the folks in New York Metropolitan area interact with or you know a clerk at the window when you go into an office to mail a package. She is one of these folks who on her route is about fifty miles. She drives every day delivering to customers along a rural route. And where is that She has delivered a most of her working life right here. In Taba tally on the eastern shore of Maryland early on and live fleet. We tend to take our parents and their occupations for granted and I wondered when and how did your view of your mother's job change as you got older you know I always knew what my mother did. And the truth is I grew up in this rural part of the country so we were for a long time at the mercy of the male and and what came that way in our grandmother would write to us and we had the telephone? Obviously but I think probably more than a lot of folks. I was enamored with the mail from a young age and I think before the regulations changed. My mom must have taken the once out on the route with her and certainly over the years we would hear about customers who you know gave her things or did her favors or inquired about us and your says five hundred and forty five people on the route. It was like a whole other family. She went to visit. And there's always fascinated by them and then I think as a teenager when I got more interested in transportation and mechanization than frankly how the government works. It seems even more incredible to me that you know. My mother was one of six hundred thousand people who got up every day and did this and was an ambassador for the government and was a conduit for news and essential goods. Just you know the world that came to our door and it's worth mentioning issue two and a piece you wrote this week for New Yorker Dot Com. How physically grueling? The job is could you talk a little bit about that and how that's affected your mother? Sure I mean that is certainly one of the things that you know. The the postal unions are quite strong and one of the things are always looking out for his the health and welfare of the employees who perform this work and I think that e commerce is a wonderful thing but of course there's a direct transfer of those things onto mail carriers and and private delivery folks too so that you know when you order the fifty pound bag of dog food or the hundred pound set of weights you know. Those are of course being delivered over and over again by postal employees. So I mentioned that is something that I that. I only became aware of later in life when I started to look at the condition of my mother's body but that's not to say my mother doesn't want to deliver those things. Of course she does but doing it in a hurry and doing it every day has consequences in. It's one of the reasons. I think we should be taking care of workers like this and making sure their wages are good and their their benefits are generous. I think it's indisputable that one reason the PS is threatened with extinction is because of his generous employee benefits. Yeah absolutely I mean. Look my my mother was in her union and I come from a union family and you know to be clear there. These these benefits and these wages are more generous than equivalent jobs in the in the totally private sector But you know I hesitate to be clear. It's not as if my mother became a millionaire by delivering mail so to to keep it all in perspective you know we're talking about vacation time and basic healthcare and a pension plan and you know. I think that they are worthwhile. Did move someone like my mother. My mother graduated from high school but does not have a college degree and she was able to have a lifelong fulfilling career and has really touched. You know there've been a lot of people me writing about their families than Danny Glover. The actor wrote kind of a similar piece you know. He's from an African American family and for his mother and father and for a lot of their friends. The Post Office was really the only vector to the middle class you know there was not discriminatory hiring there were guaranteed promotions and raises and steps. And things like that so it has really for a lot of people. Veterans people of Color just been an equal opportunity employer. But I think you're right to point to that as as one of the reasons it's being targeted that you know if if it were just about popularity as you said ninety one percent of Americans like this institution so it's not about the services they provide. I think that there is a general animosity towards the post office because it is a union shop and because it is something that is potentially lucrative. And that's why private enterprise would like to take over private businesses to or struggling with generous employee benefits and many of them have been cut back and I wonder why in the days of email video conferencing and same-day profit delivery services. Why do we still need the USPS sure? We'll a couple of things so I other is same day delivery but it's exorbitant. And you know there are private companies that could step into some of this business. Look we all have used Fedex or ups but their fees are higher and frankly some of the ways that they even keep the costs that they have is that they contract with the Postal Service. There are simply rural. Parts of this country that are not financially lucrative to reach is why the post office isn't even more profitable than once was they guarantee universal delivery. And it doesn't matter how remotely you choose to live. The Post Office will get your mail or sell you a Po box for you to use free annual delivery. Those are the reasons that it's a tremendously. You know essential service and the founders realized this about. It's not as if you couldn't convert some of your business to online or decide that you were willing to ship fewer things at a higher cost. The Post Office means you don't have to make those kinds of decisions and it means that the moment the CDC has designed Corona virus guidelines. A hundred and thirty million copies can go door to door when it comes to absentee ballots. They can be even more secure because you already have a point of contact with every citizen. No these are things beyond commerce. See you mentioned a minute ago though. the founders and listeners might not be aware.
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"Well okay. That was easy button. Give them a ton of money or USPS IS GONNA to go bust since we still have the. Let's talk about the long-term ideas. What are the proposals to fix this thing for good? What's the spectrum like short? Look for a long time. Conservatives have felt. We shouldn't really have the postal service as we understand it. We should open up the male market to competition we should privatize the postal service. We should let a new private entity probably do some some union busting and would still be companies that deliver mail for a fee but the basic guarantee of postal services that we know and understand would not exist anymore on the other side. You have people on the left. Who are saying. Look we should take this public sector infrastructure of the postal service and we should have do more stuff In particular we should offer banking services Through the postal service or using the postal service as a retail front end to the Federal Reserve and so everybody could have a bank account and it would be a USPS bank account. You'd have an ATM card. The retail outlets that the post office runs would become the branches of the public bank. And that's something that you know existed in Japan for a long time it exists in Germany. To this day it could provide a new line of business for the post office but also resolved a bunch of problems related to the unbagged and the banking system. Then in the middle. There's something like look. Keep the post office around and either make it cut its budget or give it more money or some combination of the to do all of the relevant political players fall where you think they would like is president trump for privatizing increasing prices. Well President Trump's focus has been on the idea that if the post office would simply raise the fees that it charges to Amazon that that would resolve all of its financial problems. They lose money every time they deliver a package for Amazon or these other Internet companies these other companies that deliver they drop everything in the post offices you deliver it and if they raise the prices by actually a lot then you'd find out that the post office could make money break even and as far as I can tell that's just not true. Reasonable people can disagree about is privatization. A good idea are bailouts. A good idea. Should they only deliver mail four days a week but all of those things would would work mathematically at president trump's idea that if you just jack up the prices you pay Amazon these problems would magically go away a? Nobody knows for sure what would happen if they did that. But it seems to be raw. It seems like the post office would lose market share. There would be running half empty trucks and they charge what they charge because it's good business for them to do it and do. Democrats support this idea of turning the postal service into a bank. Is that where the other end of? The argument is left wing. Democrats Have Gotten on board that bandwagon is. It's not unusual to think of the post office as a place where basic consumer financial services are handled. I would say the mainstream democratic position is we should do what the postmaster general wants and just give them some money give them alone on generous terms give them some money to make some upgrades basically think of it as fiscal stimulus. Democrats are out there arguing for more money for hospitals more money for state and local governments Hazard pay for frontline workers and the US WANNA give more money to to the postal service. The trump administration has been adamant that they don't want to agree to that What's the counterargument is just like another bailout for the postal service that they don't WanNa provide? I mean it's it's three things. One is Republicans are skeptical of spending more money. They're focused on trying to expand this small business lending program but they don't WanNa do that much besides that The thing is conservatives have for a long time tried to push for privatization so they see this as possibly an opportunity then. The third factor is president. Trump's personal sort of war on Amazon and the postal service has gotten kind of Cotonou crossfire to an extent between president trump. And Jeff Bezos. You wouldn't think it was relevant but it seems very relevant to what's happening here. What about this idea that we should turn the postal service into a bank? Why is that divisive? Why can't get onboard with an idea like that where we have this capacity? Why not use it? Obviously banks really not like the idea of needing to compete with some kind of a public option for banking this would solve a bunch of problems around the edges of the banking system. We have millions of people who don't have bank accounts at it becomes hard for the government to do things because they can't interface with unbagged people out but it would be a huge blow to both conventional banks especially check cashing operations to have these. Postabank's out there. I mean also. There are a lot of questions. It's easy to sort of say on paper. Oh this'll be fine. Everyone will have a bank account though. Use The post office But like how is it actually going to work in detail is a sort of a complicated managerial question? But it's a concept that has been percolating on the left ever since the last financial crisis Because you know there's a lot of anti-bank sentiment out there and has gained some kind of steam so the postal service keeps being sort of caught between these two grand reform visions right like make it bigger or get rid of it and every year they they lose a bit more male and now because of Corona Virus. Phone off the cliff and they're gonNA need some money fast. What about this? Privatization option has that been pulled off anywhere else has any other country taking a massive high functioning postal service and privatized it with success. I mean you know. This'll sound funny to Americans. We're used to thinking of Europe as a as a land of socialism but postal services are pretty much privatized in most of Europe and a lot of the sort of former state run postal disease. They still have these like government kind of names right so there's like the Royal Mail in the UK but that's privatized. It seems to work. Okay I mean I think it's hard to say there's some catastrophic consequence of this. It's just that it's then run more like a business right now. You pay a flat rate to bail letter from anywhere in America to anywhere else in America. That's like fairness right. That's government that's democracy. It's not business. It is much more inconvenient to deliver things to people in the most isolated rural communities than to people in big cities the reason the postal service has that flat rate guaranteed. Everyone is that it's a it's a government agency that would go away if you practice the post office. Anything ambitious-sounding seems unlikely in this moment where the country's got so much else to worry about right. So what's the most likely outcome? Here is just the terms of the funding. That they will eventually get. I mean the most sensible outcome I think would be to give them some money and just kick this down. The road at there is no reason that Congress needs to resolve this long simmering question about the future postal services in the United States. Right now in the middle of a national emergency They're hundreds of thousands of people work for the Postal Service. I think having mass layoffs at USPS this fall would be very disruptive we'll be very economically damaging and that's much more obvious to me that the answer to any question about like how should we handle the mail in the long term future is just that we don't need hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs..
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"And services to fund its operations. It's like not funded by the government. Now even though they get it like they are like a a revenue they generate their own revenue. But I write lake. But it's a government automated. It's a government like throw them some money. It's literally I mean. I've just been reading because as you know if people don't know that the postal services like in severe financial distress because of the fact that it's only funded by retail stuff in. There's no retail right now because everything shut down and literally the Federal Government and executive office right now is like no funding for the post office. They don't get shit if you give them bail out money's not signing it and I'm like what the hell wrong about so it's my goes czar. It's bizarre and it's what else is coming in the mail fucking money money. Rebate checks are coming in the mail. I know that's all I'm getting mine and you want to shut down like it's so stupid. Yeah well there's obviously like something larger at play that will reveal itself like I'm sure but still it's just it's insane that the United States Postal Service the constitutionally granted entity that you to the head of a used to be a cabinet posing the Sean is not funded at all. I'm not even saying I'm not even shameful. I'm sharing a little bit by the government that the government will not bail out the. Us does like no. We're not bailing it out. That's so insane and I'm just like understand. I don't understand what forces are at work here yet. Because we're bailing out airlines. Yea which are libraries have revenue. They do the same same old song and dance right. It's sketch it sketch. It's not good guys. GotTa Support Your Support. Your postal sir. I mean they're tragically. Don't have enough money at like you know if you times in a in a area you that is in like low income. You know that. The post offices drastically understaffed. The facilities are are a nightmare. And it's this whole thing is nightmarish like that's just what it is. It's insane it's insane. It's because there's a lake we'll use it every day. We all use it. We all rely on it. It's a service that that is just like. I mean it's like the police or the Fire Department. It's a service that's there because it it's like a fundamental dishonesty of being an civilization. You write to like make business happen you have to have male makes me. Mad is insane. I'm like protective over the post. Office she either. I Have Not Gotten Mel for quite some time and I like get really angry and then I have to keep telling myself like. It's it's not her fault. They're they're trying nobody. Nobody is helping her right now. She is asking. She is crying for help. And nobody is held. She is standing out in the rain. Asking the government to help her. They won't and they won't and she's going to die. I want the everybody mail letter. Buy some stamps you know. Help out your post office because we need them and we certainly don't want whatever plans. The federal government has for her if she collapses got huge. You imagine they're literally alterior motive. It like there's gotta be something you know they're like okay when it collapses that we can do this and you know fuck over somebody in some way you know right like. That's there's no other reason why you just let this entity collapse. It's crazy right. It's insane you've left me round up at the end of fun facts. I know I'm sorry we should have. We should have ended with the veteran. Something new I mean. It's like Dietrich People's anyways I just can't do.
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"All you do Martha got I know. I'm okay sorry this is just me looking watching you. Watch yourself any. Oh help me. I'm so proud of George. The yeah he did he like you did it right. And it's also it's like so they're six people in the goat and George you know blesses her talking to a trees just like it's going to be able to send letters. We just need to be able to talk to. You can't talk. How can we communicate the good juries based on talking jor wear my George Boys came from? I don't know George Voice is also like a dog voice like an impersonation of good when it's true it's true that's not all. Can we get into what I love? Okay so the postal service act of seventeen ninety two to the website of Representative Aldo sires aimed at providing more civil rights and helping the country expand. I mean this is classic. George this is like the man of the people mouthful would and I am going to make sure that we have civil rights and liberties for land owning males. Yup godless God bless it continues under the legislation. Newspapers could be sent via mail for a discounted rate in order to develop a freedom of praise. Oh my God I think I'll send the new but it's also it's like it takes forty eight years for anything to get anywhere in this time because they're all doing it by horseback or whatever so like you're getting the newspaper from eight months ago being like. Oh my God. We went to war again and then three days later shoot. We won the water. We wouldn't ever hang it. It's like it's like sleeping through a storm really. Oh it rained it rains. Less personal privacy was also considered as the act gave severe punishments for opening mail. That was not intended for you as well as stealing mail from carrier. Oh my God yeah they get they get serious. They're like this letter is not for you. It's were you get your grubby paws off it. It's the modern lake trying to fight against stealing Amazon packages. Really when you think about it. Oh my God to to the death to the death. Yeah I wonder what the punishment was. Oh it's in here. Oh okay additionally. The act also gave the postal service. The responsibility for creating new postal routes the creation of new postal routes was intended to lead settlement expansion and development across the country of love that I love that. They're just like you guys go where you feel as best like I trust. I Trust Your judgment. You expand this nation your the conquistadors go I do I do now that when like because I often have to drive from New York to Ohio. The like when. I see like sometimes it from the highway you can see signs that say like Old Post Road Twenty Four. And you're like what is that like now. I kinda noticed some guy named Jim on horseback being level. Also go this way and goodness and.