Romney Tells Inane Lie About Post Office, No One Notices

UPDATE: Turns out that Romney may have been talking not about the change of address form the doctor had to file with the Post Office, but the one he had to file with Medicaid. But as Greg Sargent tells us, the form providers have to file with Medicaid to change their addresses is ... two pages long! More than a postcard, in other words, but a whole lot less than 33 pages. I think my point—that candidates shouldn't repeat any damn fool thing some random person tells them as though it were the truth, just because it accords with their ideology—stands.

In all the furor that gripped the country over Wawagate, I almost missed this tidbit from James Fallows, who despite being a national treasure and one of America's finest journalists is subjecting himself to the indignity of traveling with Mitt Romney's campaign. Apparently, on the stump yesterday Mitt described how "a doctor told him that he had to fill out a 33-page change-of-address form, several times, to get the post office to send his mail—including reimbursement checks—to his new location. That is what happens with government-run organizations where you have 'no competition.'"

Aargh. You want to talk disconnected? Forget the Wawa, this shows just how clueless Mitt Romney is, or perhaps just how stupid he thinks the rest of us are. Have you ever changed your address? You probably have. Did you have to fill out a 33-page form? Of course you didn't. The form to change your address is a friggin' postcard. Old address, new address, when you want the change to happen. Done. You can do it online now, and it'll take about 2 minutes. Yet Mitt Romney gets up in front of a crowd of people and tells them that government is so awful, at the Post Office you have to fill out a 33-page form to change your address.

The Postal Service has plenty of problems, almost all of which are caused by Congress requiring them to do all sorts of things that cost lots of money, like pre-paying their pension costs and delivering mail to rural areas. But to echo my buddy Tom Schaller, if the Romney campaign doesn't like the Post Office, maybe they ought to send all their mail via FedEx and see how they like it when a letter costs twenty bucks to send instead of 44 cents. There are some more details in this piece that I wrote two years ago, which is still relevant.

The fact that Romney can't make a case for the superiority of private enterprise over the Post Office without telling absurd lies about it ought to tell you something. This reminds me of nothing so much as that time Michele Bachmann went on television and said that a woman told her that her daughter got the HPV vaccine and "suffered mental retardation as a result." Everybody mocked Bachmann for that, so why isn't everyone doing the same thing to Romney?

Comments

For the many many many hoops that the USPS has to jump thru, they do a good job delivering the mostly junk mail to my house. Again multimillionaire Romney, who never has walked to the mailbox to pick up the mail, (has his Hispanic landscaper do that) has no clue what or who the USPS is.

Unfortunately, it is semi-correct information. It's changing the address with MEDICARE that requires the 33-page form 855, not the post office. It is definitely a pain to fill out - I used to do it for our hospital, evey time we changed executives or opened a new clinic, etc.

The USPS only ran a loss last year because they are forced to pre-fund their retirement account for 75 years in advance. What other company ANYWHERE is made to do that? We currently have one of the cheapest Postal services in the world and it doesn't take ANY federal money.

It's amazing that people still bitch about them.

mitt is a sociopathic liar. he will say anything. and he does. he lied to all the companies he trashed and to the employees so he could steal their pensions. thats what sociopaths do. bashar al-assad is also a sociopath. they dont like "ordinary people". they LIKE to FIRE people. they like to STEAL from PEOPLE. they are SOCIOPATHS.

IT'S BUSH'S FAULT! WAAAAHHH!!

My parents went thru the great depression of the 30s, when will people wake up, it was the U. S. Government who put people back to work, it was not the private sector. and then World War ll, that put people back to work, with government contracts, big business does not have your interest in mind only their own, To Hell with the comman man, is their belief. When can anyone remember the private sector repairing bridges and road, and building dams, none that I can think of but yet some in the house and senate will not pass a bill to get these things done. They fillerbust everything that will put people back to work. I worked for many, many years in upper management of a very large corporation and I know first hand that the owners of large companys do not give a dam about thier employees only what they can get out of them for as little as they have to pay, period. The Union is the only thing that a common man can have to force the owners to pay a decent wage for their labors. A worker by himself or herself has no chance, they are just fired. And that my friends, that is the truth, and if you believe differently you are the fool, and you will pay for being the fool, with the loss of your job if you are lucky enough to have one, it is not Bushes fault, it is your fault for allowing him and his kind to do the things that they did. REMEMBER THIS, YOU HAVE THE VOTE, AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT.

It wasn't a lie - Providers do have to fill out a form that is more than 33 pages long to get name, address, bank routing information corrected or changed. It has nothing to do with the Post Office - It is called an 855 Form. Too quick to judge, and now you have egg on your face.

You need to be logged in to comment.
(If there's one thing we know about comment trolls, it's that they're lazy)

Connect
, after login or registration your account will be connected.
Advertisement