The Post Office defaults on nearly eleven billion dollars in benefit payments for 'future retirees.' That's not a state or a city; that's the US Federal Government.
So, what does that mean for the 'future retiree,' i.e., the current worker? Does he or she have those retirement benefits or not? Not, I would think, at least not to the same degree.
The Post Office is the least important of services, and so merely the first to arrive at where all are heading. Soon it will be veterans' benefits and pensions, or the benefits and pensions of other federal agencies; then it will be Medicaid, or Medicare. The question in front of us is mostly, I think, "How soon can we accept that this is the end of everything we've believed in and fought for, and start thinking about what comes after?"
We've come to the denial stage in our grief over the death of America. Can it still be saved? So much, we want to believe that it can be. We've given so much. I once watched rockets come in over Camp Victory, and saw them burst under the Phalanx guns. 'The rockets' red glare; the bombs bursting in air!' I thought at the time. 'Now I've seen it: now I understand.'
Maybe half of one percent of us saw something like that in Iraq or Afghanistan. I am speaking to Cassandra's point -- second link, above. What matters most to what most people believe is where their interests are vested. There are too many vested interests against reform on the scale necessary for America to survive.