It seems like the deficit would not be that hard to fix, raise or remove the cap on social security earning, and suddenly social security is fine for a very long. Lower the minimum age when people can join Medicare and suddenly Medicare has a much healthier insurance pool and is not only insurance for people at the end of their lives, when things can get very expensive. Also, eliminate over treatment, although that might be tricky. It would probably help to stop invading countries. And, finally let the Bush tax cuts expire, I vaguely remember things being pretty good in the nineties and the slightly higher tax rates did not seem to stifle the job creaters.
Of course none of that will happen because when people talk about reducing the deficit
what they really mean is how do we make poor people miserable and for some reason rich people seem to feel that the poor people are having way too much fun and need to be
brought down a notch.
Maybe if we are really serious about getting rid of the deficit the country should invest in counseling for the elites to find out why they hate everyone.