Stop the presses!
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed a new idea for pumping money into the U.S. Postal Service ahead of November’s election — which is expected to see a rise in mailed ballots — by encouraging people to purchase more stamps.
Yes, you heard that correctly.
In an Instagram video, the first-term congresswoman suggested a letter-writing campaign for progressives — not to public officials, however, but to each other.
“So one of the best ways to support the post office is to buy stamps,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “What do you all think, would you guys be down and excited if I set up a national progressive pen-pal program?”
The New York congresswoman said she would “do all the work of connecting you to somebody else,” come up with “conversation prompts,” and possibly a postcard format.
“Would you guys be down?” she asked.
Social media users were quick to mock the idea for various reasons, such as the environmental effect of encouraging people who are already using digital communication to use more paper.
Has she completely forgotten about her ‘Green New Deal’ to save the world by going digital and saving all those trees???
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 17, 2020