The BBC says on its website -
"The federal government is running a large budget deficit - equal to $1.3tn, or more than $4,000 per person, during the 12 months to June this year. The borrowing is required to meet the government's agreed spending plans and because its ability to raise taxes is limited under current laws. But the government must also comply with a law that limits the total amount of debt it can take on - the debt ceiling."
So the easy answer is to raise the debt ceiling. But how far. Just above the level of the Empire State Building? Or to the thinner levels of the atmosphere? I can't see any change on the horizon. The American economy is driving at 55mph to oblivion. They might save a bit of gas on the way, but the road is as straight as a Roman might know it. The only hope is that some bright sparks get to change things on the way.