This is a question that has plenty of easy answers but no quick fixes. We need to maintain the ability to compete with other countries for goods and services while earning a paid wage that will also allow us to maintain freedom from government dependence upon social programs.
America has given way to producing most of our goods overseas or at the least, in foreign nations that don't purchase the goods we produce, in an equal share. This disparity alone has more money flowing out ... than in.
Greed rules economics rather than longevity. This is a sad but unfortunate truth. If more effort were made to achieve a sustainable balance in the cost of: vs cost for: equation and less on immediate profit margin our country wouldn't be as far behind in production. Until we can sell as much as we buy/spend ... nothing will change except to continue to deplete every social program set up to assist (not CURE) during times of need.
Anyway just a few short thoughts from me...