Honestly, I don’t think it *can* be solved
The only was to fix it is to treat it like a person who is over his head in debt. What would *we* have to do? Cut spending, and increase income. Income for the government is taxes. So they’d have to raise taxes. That would be fine by me, *if* I knew they were going to pay down the debt such that the increases could be dropped after the country becomes solvent. But that also means that a bunch of stuff would be cut. Since neither side can agree on WHAT needs to be cut, the only fair way is, say…25% across the board. Defense, government salaries, social services, medicaid, medicare, social security, aid to other countries, EVERYTHING. But then that would put some people who need that aid just to survive in very serious peril. So that will never happen. So we’re right back where we started – spend, spend, spend until we run out of money. I agree with both of you. It isn’t a question of IF – it’s HOW and WHEN. Once that happens, all those government programs will fail anyway – so THEN what? Maybe the ‘preppers’ have the right idea – crap is going to hit the fan without some serious action. And the government won’t stop feeding ITSELF.