Trump’s Amazon Tweet
So, there was this from the President of the United States
Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
Several thoughts comes to mind.
- It is almost certainly the case that shipping due to online shopping has been a boon to the USP and other shipping companies. Indeed, this is probably especially true for the Post Office given the general decline in the usage of snail mail for other purposes in the last decade or so.
- If shipping rates go up, those costs would likely be passed on to the consumers.
- How odd is it for a “conservative” president (or, as least, a Republican one) to be calling for more government revenue at the expense of the private sector.
- This is really about Trump’s beef with Bezos, both in terms of petty jealousy but because Bezos owns the Washington Post–which makes this part of Trump larger, and highly problematic, attack on the press.