After years of Republicans undermining the US Postal Service, President Donald Trump is preparing to achieve the goal they’ve had in place all along, privatization:
That’s because the Trump Administration wants to sell off and privatize parts of the postal service. But some who are against that idea say it will make getting your mail tougher and cost some mail workers their jobs. The White House says the U.S. Postal Service should be a private business, not part of the government.
Privatization, of course, would be devastating for rural Montana communities who would see more local post offices shuttered, mail delivered on a shrinking number of days, and a dramatic increase in costs, all so that corporate entities can make a buck on what should be a vital national service.
And it’s not just our mail service that President Trump wants to undermine. Just as we predicted when he passed through his massive tax cut for millionaires, Trump is now calling for reductions in Medicare and Social Security:
The president has already proposed cuts for some safety-net programs. His last budget proposal called for a total of $1.9 trillion in cost savings from mandatory safety-net programs, like Medicaid and Medicare. It also called for spending $26 billion less on Social Security programs, the federal retirement program, including a $10 billion cut to the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which provides benefits to disabled workers… Mr. Trump’s willingness to consider such cuts marks a shift from four years ago, when he stood out in a field of deficit-minded Republicans in the 2016 primary race with a promise to shield entitlements from cuts.
President Trump, despite the support he enjoys from rural America, is continuing the failed policies that have been so damaging to the heartland. His disastrous trade policy bankrupted family farms, and his plans to undermine postal service and health and retirement benefits will disproportionately impact rural areas like Montana, a place with an aging population and a large number of small towns that depend on regular mail service for everything from paying their bills to receiving their prescription drugs.
And that’s why it’s so important that Montana sends Steve Daines packing and never sends Matt Rosendale to Congress. Neither man has shown any willingness to buck the President and challenge him to protect the Montana way of life. When Trump was bankrupting Montana farms, both men leaped to his defense, praising his genius business acumen rather than forcefully advocating for rural communities. Why would we believe that either would challenge Trump on cuts to Social Security or the postal service?
Why would Montanans ever trust two yes men who believe more in fealty to President Trump than in fighting for Montanans to protect our communities?
Republican or Democrat members of Congress from Montana who have made a difference have been those with the fortitude necessary to buck their President and party leadership when Montanans demanded it. Daines, Rosendale, and Gianforte—all of whom spend more time praising Trump than meeting with Montanans—just can’t be trusted to be the independent voices we need to fight for the Montana way of life.
Even if you’re a Republican, don’t you want a Representative and another Senator who understand that their first obligation is to us, not the President?
Daines and Rosendale have chosen their constituency of one. Let’s choose to replace them with people who will choose to fight for us.