The US Postal System is the one system that serves all Americans - even those serving overseas. It is a lifeline for rural areas which may not be covered by other delivery services. The postal system handles letters, packages, medicines, food shipments, even live animals. If the system is delayed, the unintended consequences are manifold and many not good. Try explaining to the 4-year-old who can't have a party this year why she didn't get a birthday card from Grandma as she has all her life on her special day. Temperature sensitive medicines may arrive useless to someone whose life is at risk. Food spoils and no one wants week-old Texas barbecue. Live animals die if left without food and water. Imagine being locked in an un-temperature-controlled box for 3 or 4 days with no sustenance.