President Trump’s claims that the US Post Office is being taken advantage of by Amazon is incorrect, infers David Z. Morris of Fortune. These and past assertions that Amazon doesn’t pay sales tax are born from his dislike of the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post. Trump has often criticized some of the poor coverage the paper has given him. The Post Office is benefiting from Amazon through the increase in packages that are sent, as letter-sending dwindles. Even though his own White House team has disproven his theories, the president pushes forward with a desire to undermine Bezos.
President Trump is right that Amazon’s operating strategy is disruptive and harmful to American businesses, argues Damon Linker of The Week. The response by many liberals to automatically criticize him over this issue is unfair. Amazon has achieved dizzyingly fast growth in recent years thanks to tax avoidance and competition-killing business practices. The book publishing industry, in particular, has been ravaged by the online retailer’s decision to promote the sale of used books, rather than new ones. This deprives already-suffering publishers and authors of vital revenue that makes their work unsustainable.