This photo taken July 27, 2012 shows a mailbox outside a US Post Office in Lawrence, Mich. The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to th

 

              This photo taken July 27, 2012 shows a mailbox outside a US Post Office in Lawrence, Mich.  The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to th
This photo taken July 27, 2012 shows a mailbox outside a US Post Office in Lawrence, Mich. The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)