Lately I have been telling people that because SS, Medicare and Gov. education are rob Peter to Pay peter programs that it is technically easy to solve the deficit problem but it is politically impossible to address the problem until a real crisis hits. Once a crisis hits you can welfarize SS, Medicare and Gov. education and the deficit goes away rapidly.
I pay about $4,000/year each to send my children to private schools but public schools spend about $13,000/year and since it is impossible to subsidize the middle class the middle class are paying every penny.