Senator John McCain attacked the U.S. Postal Service on Sunday as a “model of inefficiency,” and now The Wall Street Journal reports that USPS will begin closing as many as 2,000 post offices in March. The Postal Service is also seeking a change in U.S. laws to allow it to close the worst of the 16,000 post offices operating in a deficit—half the total post offices in the country. The postal service has cut staff by a third since 1999, and it lost a record $8.5 billion in 2010. Closures will hit rural and small suburban areas particularly hard.