There's an online game which aims to illuminate the issues that policymakers face when tackling the topic of the US debt. The game was made by a bipartisan group of experts known as the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Reuters played through the game using multiple methods, and found that neither a hardline liberal or conservative policy did the job. They had to mix strategies from both sides of the debate in order to stabilize the budget to 60% of GDP, and even then the policies wouldn't have been successful, when implemented until the year 2023--whch may be too late to avert a crisis of some kind.
Anyways, go ahead and learn more about the game here (and play it!):
If you're successful, post what strategies you used (and perhaps, while you're at it, email Congress?).
Check out Reuters' write-up: