The U.S. Government, enslaved to fossil-fuels and the autosprawl system, is ready to chop social services rather than give up its hopeless energy wars. With the annual federal deficit projected at $1.84 trillion, the U.S. Treasury secretary is laughed at by college students in China. The students can see how stupid is this chosen path. Now the chattering classes in the U.S. are ready to throw grandmothers on the street rather than give up their precious trips to the beef window in their gas guzzlers.
Simple solution - make all public transit free. Gradually eliminate all subsidy for oil, coal, and auto. Stop the energy wars. Gradually move back to walkable towns. Give the suburbs to the organic farmers.