Two weeks ago, the U.S. Postal Service announced a huge financial loss in the final quarter of 2011. The USPS says much of the problem lies in a substantial decline in mail volume.
"We may not be able to return to profitability for the long term," said Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe.
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Some in Congress blame overly generous union contracts while the unions and others say a burdensome mandate to pre-fund the pension system is badly distorting the overall numbers.
Listen here to learn the financial facts and the debate over what's truly responsible for them.