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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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By Betsy McCaughey
Wednesday, August 26 2020
With real crises facing the nation – including a pandemic and huge business failures – Dems are wasting time and money on this fake crisis.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns that "dangerous new policies" made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took the job in June, will prevent mail-in ballots from being counted. Senator Chuck Schumer claims there's a conspiracy to "undermine and dismantle the post office ahead of the November election." 

Don't fall for the scaremongering. 

Fact No. 1: The USPS is ready to handle mail-in voting. Even if every voter in the U.S. relied on the mail instead of voting in person, first-class postal volume would increase by less than 2%. That's nothing. Yet only half that number, about 80 million, are expected to vote by mail. The Post Office handles a staggering 472 million pieces of mail a day.

Fact No. 2: The postal service has enough cash on hand to pay bills and meet payroll until August 2021. It doesn't need emergency funding. It needs reform. 

Disregarding these facts, Pelosi called the House into a rare Saturday session to pass a bill giving $25 billion in "emergency" funding to the Post Office. That bill was sheer theatrics. It will go nowhere in the Senate. Nor should it. 

As for DeJoy's new policies, they are urgently needed. 

The major reason is that, with email and other technologies, people are using first-class mail less, and the postal service is bleeding money. To stop the losses, DeJoy began unplugging some automatic mail sorters, which are expensive to run and are operating way below capacity. Makes sense. Any business faced with less demand tries to cut overhead costs. He's also trimming overtime, which has soared almost 100% in the last decade. That's unpopular with the letter carriers' union, which backs Joe Biden. 

Democrats depict these reforms, which were proposed by experts long before DeJoy's appointment, as a criminal conspiracy. On Monday, House Oversight Chairman Carolyn Maloney claimed Americans "want to go back to the way things were." Nonsense, taxpayers don't want their money wasted running unneeded machines.

Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., had the gall to ask DeJoy if he was counting on a pardon like Roger Stone, intimating that bringing efficiency to the postal service is illegal. 

Every year since 2009, the General Accounting Office has rated the USPS a "High Risk" agency nearing failure, and Congress has done nothing but shovel in money. The Post Office, which is supposed to earn enough revenue to cover its own costs, has burned through $78 billion in losses since then. 

In May, the GAO reported that USPS's "current business model is not financially sustainable." 

Democrats portray DeJoy as a stooge. Though he's donated large sums to the RNC and Donald Trump's campaign, he was named postmaster general by a bipartisan board of governors, which supported him unanimously. He built a successful trucking business out of nothing. These are just the skills the postal service needs.

Yet, Democratic lawmakers accuse him of being "an accomplice in the president's campaign to cheat in the election." No facts support that charge. In 2016, it was Russian meddling. This time, Dems are concocting a different story postal meddling. 

With real crises facing the nation  including a pandemic and huge business failures  Dems are wasting time and money on this fake crisis. 

At Monday's hearing, DeJoy said the postal service would be ready for the election. But state election officials need to allow a week for mailed ballots to reach voters, and another week for voters to return them. A two-week turnaround. 

New York, are you listening? Thousands of ballots went uncounted in the June primary, because voters were allowed to request mail-in ballots three days before the election. 

DeJoy was also asked about states that are mailing ballots to all registered voters. What can the USPS guarantee? He answered that the postal service's job is to deliver mail to the address shown. Period. He cannot guarantee a registered voter lives there or will be the one who fills out the ballot. 

Looks like it's the states that have work to do to ensure a fair election. 

Betsy McCaughey a former lieutenant governor of New York and author of "The Next Pandemic," available at 


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