Since becoming Postmaster General (PMG) on June 15, Louis DeJoy has been accused of everything from election interference to killing baby chickens. As is often the case in this hyper-charged and uber-partisan era, truthful and nuanced takes have taken a backseat to baseless conspiracies.
Postal conspiracizing peaked in August as politicians, pundits and even famed musicians accused DeJoy and President Donald Trump of trying to dismantle the United States Postal Service (USPS). Well, it’s been about two months since this fact-free postalpalooza, and now there’s new data out on mail deliveries before, during, and after DeJoy implemented operating reforms. While mail did (slightly) slow down in July mainly due to the pandemic, delivery speeds have rebounded since then. Instead of embracing fearmongering and conspiracies, policymakers should identify USPS’ real problems and call for postal reform.