Can someone please explain how our financial situation got so bad? I'm not sure too many Americans understand it, let alone are able to describe the problem. The message I'm getting is that the overall expenses have continually outpaced the revenue coming in, and this has been going on for years with a compounding effect. So when bills that provide services get signed into law and do not get enough funding, we borrow to cover the costs, and this adds to the national debt. So now we're forced to fund the expenses and service the debt. Has it occurred to anybody that it is disingenuous and irresponsible to continue funding programs that were built on money that isn't there? I'm not suggesting scrapping all government services, but an influx of revenue from taxing the rich, or all taxpayers for that matter, is not addressing the root cause. And this feel good "balancing the budget" sounds an awful lot like "we'll find ways to pay for this year's budget items even if we project 10 years out." Doesn't address the existing debt, right? I'm not trying to make this political, but is this accurate? If not, please correct.