I have seen I.O.U.S.A. and love it. And it's really not important to the overall aspect of my argument. People have come to EXPECT that from the government, hence my whole argument that people aren't actually for small government when the government benefits them. It's not as important how we got here as where we go from here. And you didn't really get to the heart of my argument...that Americans AREN'T for small government. It's something they like to put lip service to. Yet I listen to local political talk and people are all talking things the government SHOULD be doing. It SHOULD be making it illegal to have an abortion. It SHOULD be making it illegal for gays to marry. It SHOULD be fixing these damn potholes in the capital city. And these are "conservatives." Supposedly the people who vote for the party of small government. That doesn't sound like small government to me. It sounds like big government.
Cutting the national debt is actually not difficult, we know exactly how to do it. Raise revenues, cut spending, or both/some combination. The thing that makes it difficult is Americans have come to expect all these things from the government AND believe we should have low taxes. The two just don't jive together if you want a balanced budget.
We have basically been having these types of debates since the beginning of the country though. Hell they were arguing about the national debt big time in the early 1900's. And we will probably continue to kick it down the road until we burst.