Congressional Republicans backed by the Tea Party will drive to close thousands of redundant post offices and seek to abrogate the union contract which results in 600,000 - the largest single employer in the country - postal workers being paid significantly more than private sector workers.
They will use the need of the USPS for unbudgeted - note, not unexpected - funding to try to finally corral this bottomless pit.
Look for significant post office closings, significant reductions in featherbedding and significant service reductions.
All are the right thing to do in an information intensive economy.
If they had any sense at all in the post office or Congress, they would seek to create secure email boxes to which governmental and private communications equivalent to letters could be delivered securely in the same way that Congress maintains the monopoly - enforced at law - on delivery of letters to post boxes marked US Mail at residences and offices.