Believe it or not: Republicans want USPS to finance highway repairs

After telling us for years that the USPS was bankrupt and needed to be privatized, Republicans in Congress have suddenly come up with the bizarre idea that the USPS can pay for repairing our highways:

Raising the U.S. gasoline tax is out as a way to shore up the Highway Trust Fund. So is taxing drivers based on the number of miles they clock. A plan to use taxes on companies’ overseas profits hasn’t gone anywhere.

So House Republicans are now turning to the money-losing U.S. Postal Service.

Unusual as it may sound, possible savings from revamping the agency’s operations are on the table as one way to patch highway funding, said two Republican legislative aides with knowledge of the talks.

“The long-term financial prospects of the Postal Service are fairly grim, so the idea that you could take money from that and not further exacerbate one problem in order to try to do a temporary Band-Aid on the other one borders on bizarre,” said Scott Lilly, a former staff director of the House Appropriations Committee. He’s now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a policy group aligned with Democrats.

We shouldn’t really be surprised by the GOP’s latest bizarre stunts- Darrell Issa, back in January, suggested that the USPS could finance an increase in military pensions!

Read more: Money-Losing Post Office Said to Be Highway Fund Source – Bloomberg.

  • Liam Skye

    Congress views everything, especially USPS, as a potential revenue source.

  • fred

    The Postal Service uses my state’s roads, but does not pay state gasoline taxes for their upkeep. Well fair is fair and its free ride should come to an end.

  • steve

    fred, the post office buy’s their gas at the same place you do, same price you do.

  • sickofidiots

    Fred, please know what you are talking about BEFORE you post. That is NOT true! This is just another way for the GOP to kill the USPS so they can get their greedy hands on the USPS’s profits!

  • Sharon Brown

    Tsk Tsk.

  • Mike

    I will bet that you still think that politicians are here to help.

  • common sense

    Hey Fred- guess what- the military doesn’t pay your state’s gas tax either! You know why, Fred? Because, like the USPS, the US military isn’t some money making corporation out there using your highways to make money- it belongs to you and me! So if you tax the USPS, or the Army, who pays? You and me!

    How exactly does that make life better for you?

  • Rural Carrier

    If they would like to use the USPS to general revenue for this trust fund, they should allow the post office to offer a “Highway” stamp collection that would sell for 25 cents more that the forever stamp and the 25 cent would go to the fund, like the way the breast cancer stamp works. That would allow our customers and employees to voluntarily participate on behalf of the USPS.

  • Rural Carrier

    Look at the lottery ticket sales for schools, people are volunteering to pay that tax in hopes of hitting it big.

  • freecountry

    Hey Fred! Fred? You there? Or since you got shown how you should engage brain before engaging mouth you have crawled into a hole to hide…….