Oh, it was stoppable. He just had no interest in stopping it. We have trained up generations of dependents as AnvilIron spoke of who simply have children with the intent of reaping government benefits. The government pays out $3000 annually per child in tax credits, plus food stamps, plus rent assistance, plus free phones, plus, plus, plus. We reward irresponsibility and punish productivity with higher taxes. If we cut all of those programs, we could have stopped the debt from rising. If we had a government that only did what it was designed to do by the constitution, we could have stopped it. If we weren't trying to be the worlds police and operate an empire on a republic's budget we could have stopped it. Our annual revenue is $2.73 trillion, we should be able to defend our boarders, protect property rights, and even build roads and bridges for less than half that amount.