In the wake of service already hit by the pandemic, the United States Postal Service has announced it will be slowing mail delivery from Oct. 1.
And it will cost more.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s move is designed to cut costs — and comes after many Americans learned that the USPS has a secret spy program that monitors Americans’ social media accounts and reports to law enforcement.
Changes in delivery times can pose problems for things like paying bills or receiving medications in the mail, and are likely to affect the elderly and rural Americans the most.
The slow motion disaster of the despicable bureaucratic state continues. They say this will undermine confidence in the postal system. Who wants to tell them the news? 😒 “Postal Delivery Delay: USPS will delay delivery from Oct. 1” https://t.co/1DKLT5m6et
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) October 1, 2021
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As part of the new delivery plan, standard first-class mail delivery throughout the US will increase from the current three days for delivery to five days. This includes things like letters, bills and tax documents.
According to an analysis of delivery changes earlier in the year by the Washington Post, some western states such as California and Nevada, which may have a large rural population, and Florida, which has a large senior population, will feel the most impact from the new delivery system.
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CNN also reports that post office hours are being shortened in some places.
The delay of postal services starts tomorrow. Because that’s what we all wanted, right?
— Gary Andover (@andover_gary) September 30, 2021
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Cost-cutting and critics’ response to the plan
The USPS predicts it will lose about $160 million over the next ten years, hence the slower delivery, higher shipping costs, and shorter opening hours at some offices.
The USPS also claims that: “We will make better use of our trucks and existing network on the surface to carry the mail, and be less dependent on costly air transportation. By improving service reliability and increasing efficiency, we can keep costs at a reasonable level and keep postage affordable for our customers.”
But Paul Steidler, a senior fellow at the Lexington Institute and an expert in postal services, says that about four in 10 pieces of mail will be delivered more slowly, and that “means mail delivery will be slower than it was in the 1970s.” Steidler called DeJoy’s plan “disastrous.”
USPS delays mail delivery starting Friday and increases stamp prices coming…
Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly calls it “a draconian plan that guarantees the death spiral of the United States Postal Service.”
— Geo Pine (@pinelsart) October 1, 2021
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No money for mail, money for spies
Recently, Politico reported on a very little-known operation within the USPS. The postal service, apparently desperate for money, has no problem running a “secret operations program” that tracked Americans’ social media activity after the Jan. 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol.
The program, known as “iCOP,” was operational five days after the Capitol violence. One of their activities was to send information to the country’s law enforcement agencies “about viewing deleted social media posts”.
This operation was first reported by Yahoo in April and stated it was in operation in March. However, the Politico report claims that iCOP was fully up and running as early as January 11.
Since the post office decided to help the government spy on us, I won’t be using them this year. I boycott
— David Parrish (@WeThePeapol) October 1, 2021
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