The problem is this: the legislators do not have the backbone to do anything about it. But the problem is not the debt. We do not have to raise the debt ceiling at all...programs can be cut, and the budget balanced, without the debt ceiling being raised... Please note these adjustments... Everything below is in terms of trillions... 2.57 Trillion Actual annual revenue of the Fed. -.44 trillion for defense -.25 trillion for other discretionary spending -.65 trillion for Social Security -.45 trillion for medicare -.25 trillion for medicaid -.28 trillion for other mandatory spending (including government employees) -.3 trillion for servicing our existing debt + .015 trillion additional revenue from tariff + .1 trillion additional revenue from closing tax loopholes = Surplus of 65 billion dollars, to pay down the debt. You might object, for philosophical and political reasons to DOING this, but it nevertheless CAN and SHOULD be done. Please, NO unsubstantiated posts. If you want to respond, please provide actual numbers, as I have done. No trolling, or arguing for the sake of getting the "last word." Real numbers only in this thread, please!