RT: what are Americans suppose to do if they are not suppose to trust their leaders?
you can't keep printing money based on nothing. So personally,first i buy Gold, second, you don't spend a dime you don't need to spend.
RT: How can America get out of this situation?
All you have to do is to look back to 1990's when America entered into a recession. We had 7.2 unemployment rate in 1993. What got us out of 90's recession was something called "the internet revolution". It was a productive capacity, products were invented, designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced.
So you are asking about new jobs, anything in alternative energies, anything that's going to advance us into the 21's century in an intelligent way, that's where the job opportunities are going to be.