Donald the Liar Fibbing About Amazon

So much of what Trump says on this issue is not just not true, but willful, malicious lies.

Facts are facts. As Sinclair Broadcasting, which President Trump defends, notes in its promo, facts are neither left nor right. They are facts. And the fact is that the United States Postal Service is not losing money with Amazon. In fact, it is a very lucrative deal for the USPS and one that it has not gotten from any other enterprise.

In fact, every year an independent agency reviews the USPS and Amazon deal to make sure the post office is not losing money. Why? Because it is against existing federal law for the post office to enter into any contract where it would lose money. The President, as Chief Executive Officer of the United States of America, could instruct his Postmaster General to review and certify that the post office is not losing money. He won't do that, of course, because it would deprive him of a talking point.

Yes, it is true that the post office charges below market rate to Amazon on bulk package shipments, but the post office does that with all bulk package shippers, not just Amazon. In that regard, it does not treat Amazon differently from anyone else. What Amazon is doing, however, is paying the post office over $7 billion a year at a time first class mail is declining. But for Amazon, the post office would be worse off financially, not better.

The President's attacks are lies and they are unseemly. Having a President of the United States using his bully pulpit to target an American business for harassment is unAmerican. It is the worst impulse of a would be autocrat. It is what a third world kleptocrat would do. Amazon is an American success story. It's impact on small businesses comes from progress into the 21st century. One expects Donald Trump would be railing against Henry Ford's impact on blacksmiths and horse breeders at the turn of the twentieth century.

What's more troubling though is the ongoing lemming like propensity of Trump supporters to echo and defend his lies about Amazon and the post office. They are simply not true facts and the President sets a dangerous precedent that will be used by future Presidents against future businesses, including, perhaps, the Trump Organization.

He should be focusing on the border, getting ready for talks with North Korea, and figuring out what to do with Russia -- not himself behaving like Putin shaking down American businesses. And his surrogates should stop aspiring to be American Goebbels defending petty lies as truth in order to destroy his political enemies.

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Dave_A
Dave_A

The entire basis for this thing is some dude at Citibank thinking he 'knows better' how the Post Office should structure/price it's services...

Reality is, we shouldn't have a Post Office. It's a relic of a time before e-mail.

At this point, they serve primarily as a government-funded advertising distribution service - with well over 90% of all non-package mail being paper-spam.

NWRED
NWRED

With the internal problems within the USPS, I don't know what effect Amazon actually has. More and more business is going on line. Trump attacked Amazon by using USPS. States are losing money from sales tax. Is Amazon becoming a monopoly? In one sense, The Washington Post should be changed to the Amazon Post. I don't remember if Amazon has decided on their second distribution center yet, but you cried foul when Georgia caved to try and get the bid.

RetiredSOFguy
RetiredSOFguy

Your bias against the President is obvious and disappointing to someone on your site for the first time.

RetiredSOFguy
RetiredSOFguy

Nice half-truths. If the $7 billion from Amazon is to cover $11 billion (or pick a number) in costs for package shipping, the amount of first class mail is irrelevant to the discussion. The rate structure is NOT synonymous with entering into a contract, so it is completely legal to have an out of date rate structure that costs the government to lose money.

Reaganite
Reaganite

You had already employed a pejorative, lemmings, to dis Trump's supporters. Why go to the Nazi reference..."American Goebbels?" He shilled for a mass murderer. People have called you a quisling. I'm not sure comparing Trump's apologists to Nazis is turning the other cheek.