There are a couple of ways but all take many years. The simple solution is to grow the economy while cutting spending by removing useless departments. At that point, you set up a repayment plan in which the repayment exceeds the the interest being accumulated. If done correctly, it may require a 50 year plan. There is another factor; A large chunk of this debt exists only in a computer as funds that were birthed by the Fed bank. There is some question (Since it accrues no interest) if this portion of the debt ever has to be repaid, or if it can be left stranded as it does not cost us anything to hold it.
 May 6, 2016 at 2:16pm
More like the American public voting.
(Well, we’re stuck up to our necks now)
 May 6, 2016 at 2:06pm
Well, at least I was blessed to live most of my life in the best time in history to live!
I give thanks for that.
Sadly, it looks like that time is coming to an end.
Maybe, sometime in the distant future people will look back and rediscover the recipe for the 5000 year leap we took. That ancient document that brought 90% of the world out of abject poverty.
I can only hope and dream that they may rediscover these things.
For us, it appears the road ahead does not look good. For some reason, we chose leaders that destroyed the golden era and brought us back to abject poverty.
Great...we have 2 Progressive liberals "Republicans" on the Republican ticket.
Gross, I just don't want look at Trump OR Kasich anymore
 May 6, 2016 at 1:37pm
A Progressive Liberal asked me, “What can we do to stop all these gun sales?” I answered, “Elect a Pro-2A president and congress.” I grew up believing that in the end, the government had my back in that it would defend the nation from enemies both foreign and domestic. That feeling is gone. When people see how they are ok with letting terrorist in, and almost defend the right of terrorists to kill us, and at the same time want to strip our personal ability to defend ourselves, the natural reaction is to try to obtain the hardware needed to protect one’s own right to life. Now we have this: A whole country that is working on burning us off the face of the earth, and if not that, at least knocking us out with an EMP. The least they could do would be to reopen fallout shelters! Cruz promised to rip up the Iran deal on day 1. I guess that hope is gone. Trumpsters, I have a task for you, Convince your king to do the same!
I second that!! Can I give this 10 "thumbs up"?
I'm not sure who the Obama admin "sold the deal" too (sarcasm), but it certainly wasn't to me or any other somewhat educated American.
 May 5, 2016 at 10:00pm
“..hate me for suggesting I would dare tax somebody”
Oh no, Donald.. That’s only about number 138 on the list, there’s a LOT of stuff in front of that.
Partial birth abortions, Israel as equal to the Palestinians, Shooting people on 5th avenue, Destroying the reputations of true conservatives, supporting Pelosi and Clinton, They all have that beat by a mile!
 May 5, 2016 at 8:16pm
…or any other part of her anatomy?
 May 5, 2016 at 8:14pm
Trump talks about shooting people on 5th avenue….
His opponent already has murdered people….
…what a great choice…..
Obama POS/DOJ won’t indict her with her being the nominee. We are about to watch someone who has committed 2000+ felonies (plus what we don’t know) walk free, while the DOJ is busy prosecuting the two that uncovered Planned Butcherhood killing, chopping up, and selling babies.
 May 5, 2016 at 5:56pm
More Democratic voters for the fall. Not that it matters much anymore.
Look at the 10th Amendment, with States’ rights usurping authority over Federal laws. Our forefathers KNEW this was going to happen with the Fed grabbing power over the states.
The DOJ has no business telling any state how it will handle something like this. I can see some laws being enforced, but this one should be handled by N.C. and ITS PEOPLE. Outsiders have no business telling other states what to do or not to do.
Unfortunately, we are living in a post-constitutional nation, ruled only by federal laws, most of which are unconstitutional.
In 2009, Sam Rohrer, a Pennsylvania Republican who ran unsuccessfully to unseat Senator Bob Casey in 2012, said: “Over time, over the last many generations, the federal government — seeking to grow, as most governments tend to grow — have become increasingly involved in activities that have been reserved to the states, being involved in such things as education, or health care, or, for that matter, even highways and roads. A great many things the federal government has increasingly passed laws, appropriated tax dollars which are yours and mine, and attempted to force the states to implement laws for which then the federal government essentially has control…”
For his stance on upholding constitutionally mandated States’ Rights, he was ridiculed.
The States created the Federal Government – not the other way around.
IT IS time for States to take back control of the Feds. Withhold taxes is a starting point if the Feds involve themselves in States’ issues.
 May 5, 2016 at 3:27pm
Yea, got to watch out for that DANGEROUS over 65 crowd! Lots of gang activity! …and did you hear how many drugs they do?
 May 4, 2016 at 7:07pm
I already feel the screw twisting its way through my body.
Sorry, Trump, but filing for bankruptcy is not a legitimate method of reducing our national debt.
It's not a legitimate method for personal debt, either - at least not as other than a temporary means of maintaining solvency until the debt can be paid.
Brigott, you're unclear on the term "legitimate" - or at least Trump's use of the term. He denies having been bankrupt four times because *HE* didn't lose much money; he screwed over his shareholders & walked away from the ruins.
He'll walk away from the ruins of America too, & give everyone his smug little smirk, as if to say, "You're f'ing morons for believing me when I openly TOLD you I'm a PoS."
 May 4, 2016 at 3:22pm
More to do with insurance companies and how much $ is allocated for a given patient visit. Often, hospitals and practices dictate a quota that Dr’s must meat of people seen in a given day. As with anything, the more rushed you are, the more likely mistakes are. With Obamacare’s restricted reimbursements, the pressure has been raised. Unfortunately, the quotas don’t allocate based on what a given customer’s insurance pays for time and therefore we all get shortchanged, even if we don’t have O-care.
My own Dr, who believed in spending however much time was needed, had to leave his hospital practice AND repay the practice $36,000 due to excessive time spent with patients.
The answers are quite simple, but the structure is so huge and set in stone that I don’t think it will get fixed short of taking insurance out of the loop and paying directly for whatever time is used. It actually might cost less, if you look NOT at the bill, but what the insurance company was actually paying the doctor.
 May 4, 2016 at 2:25pm
You mean like, more than guns??
We have to ban these dangerous Assault Doctors before more die!
 May 4, 2016 at 1:48pm
What I am not sure of is How do we stop the country from dying as well? Can’t hand it over to the Liberals, and yet we now have D-Liberal and R-Liberal. Both baby killing Progressives who will grow government to the point where we enter serfdom. Yea, Trump says he’s pro 2A, but that will only stick until he feels being anti-2A would better serve his purpose. (Buy your burial tubes now before the rush.) Killary is a known Dictator and would happily grow into the role if elected.
So, who will be around to save the USA? Who will be around to prevent the country that took the 5000 year leap from ending up in the dust bin of history? We have a rough ride ahead into the void. I can only pray that at some point there is an answer to those questions.
 May 4, 2016 at 11:53am
People can be whatever they want to be as long as they don’t infringe on other people’s rights. All limitations are in the mind. That’s what freedom is about. My wife is one who to this day prefers jeans, working concerts back stage, chopping wood, and shooting. We too have been married for 34 years. Her only regret is that growing up, she was forced to take home-ec and not shop class. She has no desire to pee in the men’s restroom.
What we see today, and the left embraces, is NOT about freedom. It is about being in someone’s face and infringing on others rights all in the name of Social Justice and the belief that the world is divided into the Oppressor and the Oppressed. To me, it is all a crock of …..! My wife holds that same belief.
Can Al Gore be President if he wants to be? Is it only his mind that limits him? I don't think so.
Wrong! God has a set of standards.
So genetics and physiology are oppressive?
 May 4, 2016 at 10:47am
Well, he was a big time turd, so it made sense to utilize a lot of “insurance.” Glad the DNA is gone too. Don’t want some future generation brewing him up in a test tube. One was enough.
 May 4, 2016 at 10:43am
Not going to be run out of the country by either of those Progressives. Trump and Hillary are one in the same, only difference is that Trump will be able to get his Progressive agenda passed. In that way, he is the more dangerous path. No way I am voting for Clinton, and I am praying hard for a good third party choice.
Come November I will be writing Ted Cruz for POTUS on my ballot. I encourage all the NEVER TRUMP supporters to do the same.
the GoP did not stop a single item of Obamas agenda even with the majority. they didn't even try, so your point is invalid
 May 4, 2016 at 10:40am
The Trojan Horse has successfully defeated the conservative movement, Just like the Progressives wanted it to do. Keep your family close to you and pray. We will survive, but things are going to get very rough.
 May 4, 2016 at 9:44am
Actually, most of them have been spot on. We remember the four or five that were way off, but the NBC poll going into yesterday hit the mark.
Doesn’t matter anyway, it’s like picking the turd that stinks the least at this point. That’s something we’ve been doing in elections for a LONG time.