As we all know, we have a bit of a problem on the American horizon: Looming debt. If we are to follow the news correctly, Congress and the Executive Branch are in a standstill as to how to solve this looming problem. Also, in the news, Congress has been painted as being "less than enthusiastic" about tackling said problems head on, instead lollygagging and finger pointing. If I were the God-Empress of the United States, I'd enact the following: Instead of taking away from medicare and social security why not take away elected officials retirement funds unless they do twenty years like the military, make the medical the same as medicare and not better than everyone else's. They should take away all of their perks, and any thing received from lobbyists should be taxed. Fuck it, I would make lobbying a capital offense, as lobbyist do not have the desires of the American citizen in their hearts. They should not be exempt from any laws that they pass as they have in the past. By doing this we could get more money and pay out less. I really don't believe they deserve a retirement check unless they are on the front lines at war and are getting shot at, or doing superhuman levels of public work. Their pay raises should not be automatic and needs to be approved by the people.