By David Glenn Cox
It wouldn’t be the Trump Administration without a scandal, and it wouldn’t be a scandal without Louis DeJoy. Somebody told somebody about a crooked little deal to purchase gasoline powered vehicles for the postal service. A $500 million contract to buy custom built fossil fuel vehicles as the rest of the world goes electric. Amazon is going electric, and all the big boys will follow except for the USPS of course, and the long-suffering taxpayer. The vendor, Oshkosh, is a well-known and well-connected military contractor known for producing the chassis of military vehicles. And DeJoy accepted their half a billion-dollar bid after rejecting bids for electric vehicles. But there is always a but with the Trump Administration. Somebody bought $54 million in Oshkosh stock on the down low less than twenty hours before the contract was to be announced.
I don’t know if you have ever been in a hostile work environment where you aren’t wanted, but they can’t fire you. The ever-increasing circle you are being left out of and an hourglass of the sands of hostility. It will make you pull your hair out and run for the door at the first legitimate opportunity. There is only one reason you would ever stay after it is made clear to you that they want you to go. It is the same reason a rat will chew through a hollow core door. It wants something and it wants it bad.
For many years, the major package movers and their Republican friends in Congress have sought to hobble the Post Office. Conservatives feel that it’s better all-around if you pay substantially more to ship a package through a private carrier than to get a better deal from the government. Government doesn’t make campaign contributions. Letter writing is a dead art, and the future is in packages. So, if we could unload these gas hogs on the post office that would be great! Private companies would have an increasingly competitive advantage for years to come. The current postal vehicles are thirty years old, so the new fleet will be expected to take us into the second half of the twenty-first Century. And the children will ask, “Why is there smoke coming from that Post Office truck Mommy?
“Well Virginia, I could tell you about the fossil fuel industry and the internal combustion engine but instead, let’s just call it political corruption.” All over the world a gold rush is on of companies springing up to be this Century’s Henry Ford. To build the electric automobile while Louis DeJoy dreams of a fleet of Ox carts. And maybe if you could build them with one wheel bigger than the other that would be great! There is crime and there is corruption. There is the crackhead who robs the 7-11, and the Wall Street robber baron stealing a pension plan and then there is Louis DeJoy. Willing to go door to door across America, “Hi, I’m Louis DeJoy and I’m here to fuck you, are the kids at home? I want to fuck them too. “
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
It would be wrong to say the Trump Administration was corrupt. You must say the Trump Administration was nothing but corrupt. Trumpism is wet your beakism, you’ll get your contract after I get my campaign donation and after you put my nephew on your board of directors. I know he doesn’t speak English! But you need more Eastern European influence anyway. This is the way the professor plays his music, “Maybe you could find those votes for me? Maybe if you found some dirt on Joe Biden, I could find my checkbook and send you that military assistance you were promised months ago.”
Imagine staying up nights and planning; “If I were Postmaster General…I could break things and fuck things up real good. That way I could make more money. By shoving the post office down a blind alley and funneling the money to my private company and handing the bill for the difference to the taxpayer. That is exactly what Mr. Roosevelt was talking about. Private power trying to assassinate public control. Anyone out here know why FDR created the government mortgage and the G.I. Bill? Because otherwise Mr. Potter controls the mortgage market and would like nothing better than a chance to fuck those twelve million returning WW2 veterans.
Private interest looking to fleece government coffers, not for the money alone but for the permanent damage they can do. Betsy DeVos, need I say more? Don’t look at them as petty criminals high up the ladder on the hemorrhoid scale, but as just another unit of the insurrectionist army. It almost becomes comical, that the crime went unnoticed until someone tried to steal while the theft was still in progress. We didn’t notice the Ice cream, until they put a cherry on top.
Republican anger becomes clear, “It’s gonna be twice as hard to help our friends now.” It violates their philosophy and their sworn loyalty to private interests. They aren’t just corrupt; they are disloyal to the Constitution they have sworn to protect, and they are for all intents and purpose private mercenaries holding public office. They are loyal only to those who pay them. Example: Mitch McConnell wanted the Republican Covid package to force workers back to work in dangerous circumstances during a pandemic. Under the threat of losing unemployment benefits while at the same time indemnifying employers if their workers got sick. “Boss man says, jump into the fire you worthless piece of crap.”
“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”
― Harry S. Truman