RIA Novosti 
November 29, 2012
It has endured for more than two centuries amid technological revolutions, civil wars, and tectonic shifts in society and geography.
But the days may be numbered for America’s national postal service if the US Congress doesn’t act fast.
The US Postal Service (USPS), which predates the United States itself, is careening toward bankruptcy in the wake of a record $15.9 billion loss this year that has ignited fierce debate over the government’s role in preserving an iconic American institution.
“What we’re facing now is our own fiscal cliff,” US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in televised comments Wednesday.