#1 - Social Security is 6.2% of your gross income up to $106,800. If it was 6.2% of everything, instead, how much of the problem would that solve? Would I be able to count on Social Security being there when I retire if they removed the limit?
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#3 - Congresspeople should not get sweet retirement deals. They should get social security like everyone else.
#4 - When this country was founded, all the politicians had real jobs. I think the only career politician should be the president - and everyone else should be a volunteer. No, I'm not kidding. Ok, fine, pay them a small stipend (minimum wage x the number of hours they work!) for their time. But that's it. And they're not allowed to vote themselves pay increases anymore. Who came up with that idea?
#5 - What if we all decided that in 2012 we would let the government keep our tax refunds, for the good of the country, and apply them toward the national debt? What if we kept doing this until there wasn't one anymore? Heck, what if we just did it in even numbered years? Could we solve the problem that way? How long would it take?
#6 - Various entities that get their funding from the government always spend as much of it as they possibly can - otherwise it will be removed from the budget next year. How about coming up with non-financial incentives for entities that return unspent money at the end of the fiscal year? For example, if the National Archives (just to pick on someone) manages to spend 97% of their budget, but they write the government a check for the other 3% at the end of the year, how about we give everyone who works for the National Archives an extra day off or something? Government employees need some kind of incentive to NOT spend money. Also, let's not take that money out of their budget right away, because things change from year to year. Give them 5 years of being 3% under (and getting an extra day off or something) before that 3% is permanently cut, so they don't feel like they have to "spend out" their money each year.
#7 - Here's another idea from the past - the WPA. We've got thousands and thousands of people collecting welfare and unemployment in this country, and meanwhile our roads, bridges, etc. are falling apart. Let's put some of these folks to work 4 days a week fixing stuff! The other day a week they can continue to look for a job in their original field. "But Amy!" you say, "A lot of the people collecting welfare are taking care of children!" OK, fine, start a WPA daycare in each town - employ a couple of (qualified) caregivers to look after the kids of the rest of the people who are at work. Duh. I know that our town has laid off teachers lately. They're more than qualified to do daycare, right? Wouldn't they rather be working?
#8 - This is kind of unrelated, but why don't we combine the retirement homes and the daycares into one facility? So the older people could be around little kids, which would be good for them and keep them young and active, and the little kids could have one on one attention from loving older people, which would be good for them, too. Also, it would be one less building. There would have to be caregivers, too, for both the elderly and the kids (because the elderly would get tired, and the kids would need diapers changed and stuff) but from a purely social point of view, I think it would be good. It's certainly more natural than dividing people up by age the way we do in this country.
#9 - This one is my dad's. He says that every member of Congress should have to do their personal income taxes with a pencil and paper, and if they can't they need to simplify the laws. I think that's BRILLIANT.
#10 - Twelve year term limits for every single elected official in the country.
There. I fixed it. Will you vote for me?