MADDOW: Footage from a hearing today at which the postmaster general — yet again, something cool about the post office. It`s the postmaster general. Yes, sir.
Today, the postmaster general and the head of one of the largest postal employee unions testified together about the contract they just collectively bargained for. It was a contract in which each side made compromises like layoffs and cost-cutting and they came up with a deal in which both sides, both employment and labor — both sides, employer and employee, felt was pretty fair, and pretty frugal.
But even though the post office gets no direct funding whatsoever, even though it does not receive taxpayer funding, the fact that it is part of the government, the fact that is — the fact that it provides a government service that Americans really like, means that by definition, Republicans hate it. And the fact that there is a good labor management employer/employee relationship there, a relationship that is seen as productive and constructive on both sides — in Republican eyes, that is not a good thing. That is something that Republicans in government would like to change.
This little “Republicans hate the post office” hearing today was, of course, not the main event in Washington today. But this kind of thing is part of the regular background noise in D.C., all the time now.
With Republicans in control of the House, there`s a constant drum beat of “we hate the government doing things that people like.”