USPS: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
As the U.S. Postal Service faces financial catastrophe, John Oliver discusses why the service is so important, what brought it to this point, and what we can do to help.
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  • Darkwiccawillow

    I almost wanna buy ‘and now a stamp’ but I don’t live in the us

  • Andrew Sullivan
    Andrew Sullivan

    Does anyone else think that John Oliver should open a museum containing all of the things that he's ordered and brought onto his show?

  • Doombringer

    Mail carriers during this are big damn heroes, our society would collapse even more then it already has without them

  • kevinKronnack

    I liked the part where Dr. D David Shultz slapped the ever loving fuck out of John Stossel

  • PositiveSarcasm

    So people in the US have no access to healthcare, education, banks, and now even the postal service...? And they call other countries third-world countries?

  • Paula Dunn
    Paula Dunn

    Very disappointed the stamps weren’t Forever stamps. What were you thinking?

  • Niamh O'SS
    Niamh O'SS

    I don't live in the US but I'm getting my family in the US to send me a letter with these stamps cuz I collect stamps, Thanks John for making my boring collection interesting!!

  • beatyouonce

    Spreading the fear of Corona =-) wonder why, SARS didnt get traction, neither did swine flu, or avian flu. but they were getting us ready for fear and to give up all life in order to survive huddled indoors, until.. well until they tell us its ok. But im not seeing bodies everywhere, the hostpitals arent over run by far why the fear

    • Shauka Hodan
      Shauka Hodan

      If they put Trump’s face on every stamp for life, he would give them the 89 billion.

  • Phillip Vector
    Phillip Vector

    John Oliver shouldn't do these without an audience. He just isn't funny without the laugh track.

    • Phillip Vector
      Phillip Vector

      @DoubleGoon I guess.. I just never noticed it so starkly as when he doesn't have an audience being told when to laugh.

    • DoubleGoon

      I don’t know his jokes have always been pretty bad, but sometimes that’s what makes them funny.

  • 7 Horseshoes & A 4 Leaf Clover
    7 Horseshoes & A 4 Leaf Clover

    Just when I thought this video COULDN'T get any better, John Oliver takes 19 time Emmy winner and honorary doctorate John Stossel to task for his clueless reporting. Big surprised this act was introduced by Republicans.

    • Shauka Hodan
      Shauka Hodan

      ELI5: If it's illegal for them to sell services for less than what they cost, how are they losing money?

  • Eric P
    Eric P

    So because the US doesn't have socialized healthcare their postal system is going to collapse. Why do immigrants even bother trying to move there anymore?

  • Michael Anderson
    Michael Anderson

    Trump would actually be happy ta see the post office go outta business. Whatta DICK!

  • Mateo Johnson
    Mateo Johnson

    LastWeekTonight, otherwise known as, "How Has Trump Fucked Up This Week?"

  • Jacob D
    Jacob D

    You neglect to explain why and how Amazon delivers it's packages via USPS for free and not pay anything in taxes to the IRS.

  • Avi C
    Avi C

    "First, what? Second, excuse me? And just to circle around again, THE FUCK?" This will become part of my regular vocabulary

  • Paige McLaughlin
    Paige McLaughlin

    I would love to have those lace stamps! I make lace and those stamps would make my packages so much better!

    • bilinas mini
      bilinas mini

      Wait, Sierra is on Last Week Tonight? Wow.

  • thomassosa65

    You're a f*cking CHAMPION!

    • bilinas mini
      bilinas mini

  • Harris Avaan
    Harris Avaan

    oh i used to watch this, then i got married...

  • Alias Marg8ta
    Alias Marg8ta

    A lot of people are too poor to afford computers. Data access is the least of their worries

  • DomhnallDomhnallach

    Part of me was hoping he was going to announce that he had mailed a bunch of "weiner rocks" to the White House or something.... Perhaps that's something that someone would like to do?

  • 2livluvnsurf

    We need Marlon Bundo as a stamp!

  • Liam Childs
    Liam Childs

    USPS is actually pretty reliable. In other countries it's questionable. Have a buddy in New Zealand. It's a coin flip whether he gets mail.

  • Teresa Howick
    Teresa Howick

    My son said “who’s that?” I said it’s John Oliver He said “it’s not the lion king” He knows him as zazou

  • rothmcroth

    ELI5: If it's illegal for them to sell services for less than what they cost, how are they losing money?

    • silfumus

      Besides delivery cost, they need to pay for other costs (e.g: healtcare, payroll). Usually it's paid by the profit that they made by providing service. But in this case, the profit is small and the other costs are too big. See 6:00

  • The Big Picture
    The Big Picture

    If they put Trump’s face on every stamp for life, he would give them the 89 billion.

  • Chris Reddy
    Chris Reddy

    John oliver has become a pc farse.

  • W J B
    W J B

    Not gonna lie, Last Weekend Tonight is a lot more watchable without John attempting to pander to the live audience.

  • Vince Fernandez
    Vince Fernandez

    Where is the stamp that says "Eat shit, Bob"?

  • FOIAGras

    My "Last Stamps Tonight" arrived in the mail this week. Ironically they were misdelivered to a neighbor. Still very happy with USPS overall and would not want to see it taken private. My 22 yo daughter wss thrilled to receive the stamps as a birthday gift. She has never used the Postal Service in her life.

  • Sam Purinton
    Sam Purinton

    Could y'all post your sources in the description? It would go a long way to helping people draft letters to representatives.

  • Ancelle T
    Ancelle T

    The youtuber in this vid is Sierra Schultzzie!! And she is a freaking queen! She is so funny and has a great message about body positivity on her channel. Check her out!!

  • Nahla Aly
    Nahla Aly

    Wait, Sierra is on Last Week Tonight? Wow.

  • Nahla Aly
    Nahla Aly

    The postal service is essential for a lot of businesses, most important of which, online shopping.

  • Cammie Schmidt
    Cammie Schmidt

    I finally got my stamps yesterday! Yayyyy!

  • Steven Benaquist
    Steven Benaquist

    I ordered my Last Week Tonight Stamps! Did you?

    • Steven Benaquist
      Steven Benaquist

      @bilias hour YES!!

    • bilias hour
      bilias hour

      CARRIERS!!!!! You're still out there, no matter what else is happening. You are TRULY ESSENTIAL. Please stay safe.

  • slybuster

    Why didn't he mention that the majority of items (and weight) delivered by the USPS is junkmail? Just subsidize the delivery of rural packages and let the USPS die already.

    • slybuster

      ​@bilias hour The majority of mail delivered by the USPS is junk-mail. In fact, the USPS relies on junk-mail as a means of revenue and has sought to increase the amount of junk-mail it sends. It's nice that you like receiving physical letters but that has nothing to do with whether or not the USPS is necessary. I'll try to be as concise as possible: The need for slow physical communication falls with every passing year. It started with faxing, then emails, now instantaneous communication via cellphones (which the vast VAST majority of the population carries with them at all times). This renders the central purpose, and basis for the USPS business model, more irrelevant with each passing day. This is why Last Week Tonight didn't address the actual business model of the USPS and went for emotional arguments about fostering community and the delivery of medication to war veterans (neither of these have anything to do with making the USPS viable- the former isn't common nor necessary (we used to hang out at pharmacies to drink soda) or even intentional and the latter can be subsidized in different ways). The USPS isn't only non-essential but is also unnecessary. Let's talk about rural communities. Does the USPS service communities that aren't profitable? It does, but not in a way more efficient than direct subsidies- not to mention that these communities constitute less than 0.001% of mail delivery. So, why does Oliver bring this up? Because the argument has to be framed emotionally instead of logically. Let's frame this argument logically: I'll bet you didn't consider large companies like Amazon are subsidized by the USPS; UPS and FedEx even send some of their own packages through the USPS! Does this help the average consumer (i.e. Oliver makes the baseless claim that ending the USPS would cause a substantial spike in consumer cost)? Well, that depends if you think paying an extra .000003 cents on the same day delivery of M&Ms a substantial cost for an essential product. So, the USPS is subsidising big businesses (and it's also doing so at a greater cost than a direct subsidy). So, why does the left wish to maintain the USPS? Because the issue is framed as being about a 'social programme.' Give an inch, take a mile. However, this is probably a losing battle and I highly doubt the USPS will exist 20 - 30 years from now. Aside, I consider it pretty dishonest that Oliver can argue the USPS needs to raise prices to be more profitable while also arguing that the USPS lowers costs for the average consumer- these things aren't mutually exclusive. Any argument about spreading out the cost of such deliveries isn't unique to the USPS and is actually more in line with a UPS/FedEx business model. Also, the banking tangent Oliver goes on was actually pioneered and has already been already deployed by UPS (i.e. the USPS didn't innovate this and it's dishonest to suggest that it did as a way to stay relevant). tl;dr: *The majority of mail sent by the USPS is junk-mail.* *The central basis for the existence of the USPS is physical mail while such is becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing day.* *The continued existence of the USPS isn't necessary for rural deliveries.* *The USPS subsidizes big businesses like Amazon/UPS/FedEx.* *The USPS does not significantly lower consumer costs.* *The continuance of the USPS is actually framed as that of a social programme.* *Oliver made some dishonest arguments; an obvious one being in regard to innovations pioneered and already put into action by UPS.* EDIT: I'd like to add that the USPS has a significant impact on fuel consumption and that this impacts the environment. I'd also like to add that not choosing same day or shortened delivery has been cited as a way the general public can reduce its carbon footprint.

    • bilias hour
      bilias hour

      I know we all have made fun of "snail-mail" at some point, or been frustrated by it, but in reality, it is a staple of our society and WE APPRECIATE ALL OUR LETTER

  • Code TheNinja
    Code TheNinja

    How can they be broke as they throw extravagant parties for upper management?

  • Lynn Willis
    Lynn Willis

    Preach it! As a 25 year and running veteran of the USPS, I really appreciate this. Greener under my wiener! Oh man! Comedy gold!

  • Phoenix

    the movie Postman with Kevin Costner really did a good job of showing how the postal service transcends being just a service into a truly beautiful concept

  • D F
    D F

    Hey John - I know you like poking fun at New Zealand. But how about doing a story comparing NZ's COVID-19 response to Trump's? In a few weeks we will we be at Alert Level 1, i.e. normal domestic economic activity. All businesses operating and only border restrictions in place. We will also have zero new cases, zero active cases and zero new deaths. From a population of 5 million we will have had about 1500 cases and 22 deaths. On a per head of population basis that is the equivalent of 98,400 cases in the USA with 1,440 deaths. From first case to elimination - 4 months. Beat that Trump!

  • Anderson Wang
    Anderson Wang

    Is that John Stossel’s actual name of the show, myths lies and complete stupidity? Because that basically sums up who he is really.

  • Gareth G
    Gareth G

    Why does this dude still live in the US? He should run, like ASAP

  • Inter Net
    Inter Net

    If you live in NYC you know NYC postal services are pretty close to garbage here -- especially the customer services. And I'm not exaggerating. It's like these workers have zero professionalism in their bones. I dare you, Google map USPS in NYC and look at the ratings.

  • Bubbles

    Do it, just do it, i'll write you a personal cheque ! LOL !

  • Zak K
    Zak K

    Having seen what USPS charges to send packages to Canada, the concept of paying 4x that is ludicrous. USPS has also messed up delivering packages to me multiple times, apparently reading my country as a state. That being said, the service they are providing is extremely essential to America and they should be bailed out - especially now. And maybe giving them the chance to adjust prices and have the time and funds to improve would better both their service and their prices both across America and into international orders. So I guess my comment boils down to "I can see Mr. Oliver's point", and "please just keep your mouth shut for once, Trump"?

  • movingdragons

    Love those stamps!

  • Sam Sena
    Sam Sena

    Another thing that USPS does is allowing people in rural areas to vote. In Canada, Canadian CONservatives tried to privatize Canada Post. Then they realized that they will lose the next election in a landslide because rural Canadians have to pay extraordinary amounts to get packages delivered. The CONservatives in Canada instead lobbied to remove door-to-door delivery services. For example, you have to go to the local post office to get your mail. Thankfully, CONservatives lost the next election thanks to educated and intelligent voters. Did you know the Alberta Oil and Gas industry lobbied to remove or reduce taxes to government now complaints that they are given COVID-19 funds from the Canadian government with restrictions attached? Privatize the profits and socialize the costs!

  • Travis Morton
    Travis Morton

    Stossel is also responding to the fact that UPS is one of the biggest Republican donors there is. I don't use them anymore.

  • Resa Balsdon
    Resa Balsdon

    In our grandparents' youth the dog was #1 enemy of the mail man. Oh how the tables have turned.

  • Jessica T
    Jessica T

    My stamps are coming in the mail... thanks John!

  • Nicole Marshall 1913
    Nicole Marshall 1913

    I know we all have made fun of "snail-mail" at some point, or been frustrated by it, but in reality, it is a staple of our society and WE APPRECIATE ALL OUR LETTER CARRIERS!!!!! You're still out there, no matter what else is happening. You are TRULY ESSENTIAL. Please stay safe.

    • Shauka Hodan
      Shauka Hodan

      I feel bad for all the canadians watching this getting reminded that they forgot about mother's day two weeks back

  • satvik keshtwal
    satvik keshtwal

    World's largest postal service Indian post service is best example for postal bank and insurance service

    • Shauka Hodan
      Shauka Hodan

      "But real businesses can't lose billions every year." cough Uber cough -$8.5B net income last year

  • Agnes [Erin Kim]
    Agnes [Erin Kim]

    thank you for this john! ahhh i really hope the USPS gets the funding they need. and i love that the last week tonight team made these stamps as an actionable way to try our hand at supporting. bought a bunch of stamps last week and going to buy these ones too!

  • James Bone
    James Bone

    Canada Post is a comparable service: it is a Crown corporation that is funded from its own operations, it services all addresses in Canada and is federally regulated. Yet, it has turned a profit in all but two or three years since its conversion from a federal department to a Crown corperation in the early 1980s. They make buckets of money on parcels and return all the profits to the federal government.

  • Amrit Krishnan
    Amrit Krishnan

    I felt that lmfao office joke

  • Saulo Lordão
    Saulo Lordão

    The fact that you didn't make a Marlon Bundo stamp is just awful, I'd pay international shipping for that!

  • Splaticus Blah
    Splaticus Blah

    Trump being vindictive and vengeful? Nah couldn't happen because that would be childish.........ooops.

  • cody collins
    cody collins

    Wow a tv show that actually knows the correct time period for specific dinosaurs

  • Sierra Sky
    Sierra Sky

    Please support the postal service

  • Sean Z
    Sean Z

    Just got my stamps.

  • Sweet Pea's Revenge
    Sweet Pea's Revenge

    Thanks for making me smile eve every day while informing me about current issues. Also just finished Community for the 3rd time and think about your 'Bearing Down for midterms' episode way too often.

  • Big Badaboom
    Big Badaboom

    Looks like some companies lobbied our representatives to ensure zero competition from the US Postal Service... Or maybe not... But, my old grandpa used to say, just follow the money and you will find your answer... I am sure nothing will be done about that... :) BTW Mr. Oliver, will you dare to use your skills to also dig out the profits and charge comparison between the other delivery services and the US Postal Service... Maybe you can add some positive commentary to the community so we can get educated and elect other representatives that will also need to be lobbied after they threaten to pass a law to correct the one that has the US Postal service begging for money, that "Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act" looks like it was drafted to push the service down... maybe even eliminate it... so competitive, well run companies that deliver stuff can make a much more efficient use of their price structures to deliver the items... what a nice deal they got... you invest in lobbying and you get your investment back thousands of times over... but I doubt you will waste your valuable non criticizing time on such a low and unimportant subject :)

  • Maddogkiller66

    What happened to coronavirus V

  • Roxy Angel Superstar
    Roxy Angel Superstar

    He had me at “dope ass lace stamp” lol

  • Johanna Dracona
    Johanna Dracona

    I’m subbed to this channel but I never see these videos on time!! It’s always at least 2 weeks late

  • Marco Gosselin
    Marco Gosselin

    And now Trump is paranoid about mail voting fraud ... You guys are screwed.

  • TheQuark6789

    "But real businesses can't lose billions every year." *cough* Uber *cough* -$8.5B net income last year

  • ThunderSky

    I feel bad for all the canadians watching this getting reminded that they forgot about mother's day two weeks back

  • Hibou Owll
    Hibou Owll

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="963">16:03</a> Maybe that is why they're all extinct.

  • Shalane Moore
    Shalane Moore

    One of the other money-loss things is that even as a government entity, the USPS can be issued fines with OSHA. This is because UPS and Fedex complained to congress in that USPS was the “same” business as them and it wasn’t fair.

  • Chris Caramia
    Chris Caramia

    Parshall! It's good to see Grand County getting some non-bulldozer attention.

  • Lish IsSecretlyAWizard
    Lish IsSecretlyAWizard

    Where do I send my letter to John Oliver? He did specifically ask for the receival of letters, yet failed to state where to send them to. Anyone? *Insert John Trovalta meme here.

  • Alexander Thomson
    Alexander Thomson

    While this is an America problem, here in Canada I would like to help out and get some of your awesome stamps. Sadly (or maybe SAD! I'm not quite sure) I can't get the stamps delivered to me because the good ol' US of A postal service doesn't have an option to make it available here (or anywhere else for that matter, which maybe part of MAGA but I personally think America is better when it is a part of the rest of the world.) Is there anyway I can get around this? I would donate directly if I have to, even if that means I don't get the stamps, and I can't believe I'm saying that because I definitely want one of those ChiiJohn stamps! In closing please let me know if I can help with this obvious problem, maybe mostly because of Trump's desire to lash out at any opposition, to help with such a vital service that America provides

  • Quarter Mile
    Quarter Mile


  • Neil Peters
    Neil Peters

    Just another thing Canada does better

  • David Armillie
    David Armillie

    Here is the link in the video.

  • Somewhere Upthere
    Somewhere Upthere

    Ungrateful leech is more on the nose.

  • Rich Gilberto
    Rich Gilberto

    Postal banking? While we give billions to bankers who have bought the government? Not gonna happen.

  • Patrick Whelpley
    Patrick Whelpley

    The rap song in the stamps commercial sounded like when Family Guy made fun of Will Smith rapping.

  • Yudith Caron
    Yudith Caron

    Somebody please tell this mustachioed guy that Internet in the boondocks is shitty and slooooow.