I'm not advocating this, just thinking out loud here. The United States public debt is $14 trillion and counting. Everyone agrees that we need to do something to address both the yearly deficits and the massive accumulated debt, now up to one full year of the USA's Gross Domestic Product. Preserving the status quo is not an option and significant measures are needed or the debt will eventually crush our economy.
So why not consider selling Alaska to Canada. It could perhaps shave a few trillion of debt and reduce the yearly budget deficit as well. I can't imagine the legal complexities, but I'm guessing it would take some sort of Constitutional Amendment to make it happen, and that might kill the idea as there is no way to get 3/4 of the States to agree to anything these days. Also, there is no assurance Canada would want to make a deal for Alaska. But here's the case for what its worth.
The US public debt has grown out of control. link As a state, Alaska is a yearly drain on Federal tax revenue so it helps add to the deficit. link If we don't do something drastic to fix our balance sheet, the dollar could go into default collapsing the US economy along with the entire global economy into a giant heap of chaos. link It makes more sense geographically that Alaska would be part of Canada than part of the USA anyway. link The national security issues regarding Russia from the cold war era don't exist anymore and modern military technology can make up for the loss in strategic location. Alaska has plenty of untapped oil reserves but our environmental restrictions limit their development and they don't do us much good just sitting there.
The USA has had decades to come up with some sort of plan to pay down the debt, but the greatest generation and the baby boomers were too busy planning vacations and retirements and opted to let the kids figure it out someday in the future. But the future is now and the gig is up. Losing Alaska might be part of the deal when they divvy up USA assets after the financial Armageddon so maybe we ought to sell it first to avoid the collapse altogether. That's somewhat akin to the situation Russia was in when they sold us Alaska for pennies per acre. Sell it now before we lose it anyway.
I don't think people realize the full implications of American financial default. Based on the rhetoric surrounding the debt ceiling, politicians don't see that it's TNT they are playing with, not just fire. To preserve the Union, the Union might just have to sell off part of itself. That sounds drastic and extreme because it is. Not to say this is the only way out of our financial straits, but it gives an idea of the order of magnitude of the solution we need. Any fix for the debt will necessarily be drastic and extreme. It's way past the point of tweaking tax rates and working down budgets.