This article on Politico predicts that President Trump going after Jeff Bezos is going to backfire – that too many Americans like Amazon. We like watching movies on our TV for $4 making our own popcorn, and we like things we buy online delivered to our doorstep. We are totally done with going to the mall – facing random attacks by “flash mobs” of teenagers, people breaking into our parked cars, constant video surveillance of every breath we breathe, and proud declaration that the mall does not support our right to defend ourselves with firearms, or at least the possibility people may have guns.
President Trump thinks that leaning on the USPS to stop delivering packages below cost will make Amazon go away, and we can return to the 1960s and return to going down to Main Street, shopping at Kresge’s and Woolworth, and stopping in at the Rexall pharmacy for a root beer float.
Economic Democracy has voted on this issue over the past 50 years. Many packages from Amazon are already delivered by Amazon’s own delivery people, or you can drive to a nearby Amazon locker to pick up your purchase. The USPS is spending a lot of money to replace their fleet of mail delivery jeeps with larger capacity vehicles that are delivering the Amazon packages. The Amazon revenue is helping to mask the huge unfunded pension obligations of the USPS.
Terminate that contract and the USPS has a fleet of unneeded vehicles and union employees with nothing to do. UPS would love the return of some of the Amazon business to them. USPS seems mostly to handle small items that will fit inside a mailbox. The delivery service based out of your nearest Whole Foods can also deliver that Spongebob Squarepants doll your 26 year old child just has to have in an hour. Drone delivery is moving along.
What do you think?