Tremendous news for Americans, snail mail enthusiasts, and humanity on the whole: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (super genius) has an idea on how to save the United States Post Office!
Yes, this girl:
AOC’s plan, like most policies she’s proposed in Washington, is rooted in grade-school logic.
Her idea? “Progressive Pen Pals.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 17, 2020
“I have been thinking about ways to help you help the post office,” AOC says in an Instagram video.
“So one of the best ways to support the post office is to buy stamps,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding:
“What do you all think — would you guys be down and excited if I set up a national progressive pen pal program. Do all the work of connecting you to somebody else. We would offer some maybe conversation prompts or postcard prompts and maybe even a printable postcard format?”
NPR reported the Postal Service “has long been in financial trouble, having lost $9 billion last year.”
According to the agency, it generated $24.4 billion from first-class mail in 2019, a decrease of about $510 million from 2018.
Ocasio-Cortez’s scheme would have to generate an additional 16.3 billion new pieces of mail to eliminate the $9 billion gap. That’s about 49 pen pal letters per American a year.
WIBC host Tony Katz has a few thoughts about AOC’s “special” idea: