The coronavirus pandemic has had a drastic effect on the United States Postal Service, as it has on so many activities of our daily lives. It is projected that the postal service is facing bankruptcy this fall without emergency help from Congress.
The postal service traces its origin to the United States Constitution. Our Founding Fathers granted Congress the power to establish post offices and post roads in Section 8 of Article 1 of the document. The agency has no access to taxpayer dollars.
With the advent of the internet, the postal service lost its biggest source of revenue: first-class mail. Seeking another source of business, the postal service has taken on the delivery of packages for Amazon. The president has been critical of this, claiming the agency is handling these packages at a rate that is a loss. He has hinted several times for the privatization of the postal service. This course of action would be disastrous to the American public.
The postal service annually is voted the most trusted agency of our federal government. With more than 600,000 employees, many of them veterans, the agency reaches every household and business in our country on a daily basis.
Salt Lake City