You'd think that the Congress-induced collapse of the Postal Service, which is causing the loss of Saturday mail, which disproportionately impacts Republican rural and elderly constituencies, would cause them to rise up in a frenzy against their tea leaders, but I doubt it will happen. When they're waiting an extra days for their mail order prescriptions from the VA, Medicare-financed diabetes test strips, letters from other oldsters, checks from their kids in the cities, and the latest Franklin Graham newsletter, the last entity that they'll be railing against is Congress. The Post Office itself and "Government" in general will get a thrashing in their minds, but there will be no action. Years of anti-government rhetoric has turned it into an abstract, evil entity that just needs to be starved. The idea that a few relatively minor legislative changes could keep Saturday deliveries coming won't make it into Fox News, so it will be far from their consciousness.
Fox Nation is a nation of helpless victims of government. When they vote, they vote for representatives who promise less of everything except Social Security and Medicare, because that was earned, unlike welfare and Food Stamps. If all you think you can get from government is a screw job, why would you think your vote could change anything?
Let's recall why the USPS is struggling: because Republicans in Congress forced the agency to pay their retiree health care costs decades down the road up front in 2006, then refused to give them the money to do that. As a result, the USPS made massive workforce cuts and forced thousands into early retirement, which of course means the USPS has to pay those health care benefits up front, putting them into a death spiral. More »