CNBC’s Kudlow: Let Google deliver the mail!

Forget about five day delivery- how about getting your mail once or twice a year, or whenever the Google Street View car goes past your house? That might be what CNBC personality Larry Kudlow had in mind last week when he told PMG Pat Donahoe “look, why don’t you just surrender and end the monopoly, see what happens with some private players coming in? why not give Google a chance?” Whether Kudlow knows what the USPS actually does (i.e. delivering real physical objects to people who pay for the service) is far from clear. Kudlow’s suggestion came last Thursday in an interview with Postmaster General Pat Donahoe (whom Kudlow addressed as “Patrick” after mispronouncing his surname).

If Kudlow is unfamiliar with what the USPS does, the show proved that he doesn’t have a good handle on numbers, either. After Kudlow shouted about the USPS’s projected $8.5 billion loss, Donahoe responded with actual numbers, pointing out that the changes the USPS has asked for- 5 day delivery and a reduction in the “trust fund” charges, would save $8.6 billion. Kudlow’s response? “again, $8.5 billion in the hole. your numbers are nowhere near that”. Umm.., no, “Lawrence”, they’re $100 million over “that”.

But at least Kudlow admitted he was clueless, providing this bit of expert analysis: “I don’t know where those numbers come from, but whatever.”

Kudlow’s interview technique was to shout a lot, randomly use the word “bailout”, and not listen to any of Donahoe’s responses. (Kudlow seems to have a modified form of Tourette’s Syndrome, with right wing talking points instead of swear words).

Kudlow’s short (non-existent?) attention span and difficulty analyzing numbers may be the result of his well known problems with alcohol and cocaine abuse- or it may just be his “shtick”. CNBC does, after all, feature legendary screamer Jim Cramer- another “personality” whose entertainment value far outweighs his economic expertise.

You’ve been warned- here’s the clip:

  • Postal Clerk

    I watched the show and Kudlow didn’t get anything over on Donahoe.

  • bubba

    kudlow is just another clueless loudmouth

  • trout

    another idiot with a microphone going for sensationalism…
    loves the word bailout

  • trout

    just re
    member this is what we are up against we have to pull our weight to keep them dumb……

  • duhhhh

    so we act. made 100 million ? hey donahue you dont seem that bright, contract with nalc coming up , better to stick with the 8.5billion loss. its just like the old days when it was time to inspect the routes, hide all the mail in trailers , adjust the routes with no volume, and let the idiots eat the additions.YOU ARE PLAYING THE GAME WRONG MR POSTMASTER. truth we dont need no stinking truth.

  • brian

    OK- let’s see if we understand your point- you believe the old saw that says the USPS magically has a loss at “contract time”, and then suddenly discovers a profit afterwards. Got any numbers to back that up? No, you don’t. More importantly, the article you’re responding to proves you have no clue. Of course, if you paid attention you’d know that the USPS would have been profitable for years without the overcharges and trust fund payments- everyone in the USPS agrees with that- labor AND management. And explain to us why all of the mail handlers, clerks, supervisors, truck drivers, contractors, janitors and customers have been willing to participate in the massive conspiracy to “hide mail” all these years? Hundreds of thousands of people supposedly take part in this exercise to screw the carriers every year, and yet no one has ever come forward with any evidence that it’s ever happened? People squeal on mob bosses, but no one’s ever dropped a dime to let the OIG, or a congressman, or a reporter know about all the mail hidden in trailers? Why didn’t you call anyone?

  • Ronnie

    @brian – and you have seen this mail hidden in trailers?

  • mr. pookey

    Yes, USPS is sinking. Contracting out more, closing more non-producing POST OFFICE within five mile radiuses over nation, reducing delivery day delivery from six to five or four days a week would make a big huge savings difference. Larry is a pickeled nose idiot who doesn’t understand the tug a war between USPS & people in Congress creating problems and wreaking havoc.

  • brian

    Ronnie- no- I haven’t- why do you ask?



  • Dan

    Kudlow is a prime example of the saying, “No brains, no headache”. He is only a carrier.

  • Mailer

    Kudlow is a drunk and a cokehead who found Jesus in rehab. But his real religion is the cult of supply-side economics.

    These idiots would privatize the police, courts and highways. They would dismantle OASDI and Medicare and audaciously put blame on the millions who would suffer and die.
    They hide their brazen psychopathy behind a thin veneer of unshakeable dogma. They hide their lack of ethics and humanity behind an even thinner veneer of heretical religious morality.

  • seen it all

    “your union workforce ears $100K on average, while the comparable private sector wage is only $60K”. Somebody help me understand this, most union clerks and mailhandlers earn between $50K and $60K- who has the rest of our $$$?