Here is a new idea to help pay off the dept. Lets get a consitutional amendment to abolish congress and use a comitte of twelve to debate and put every thing up to a popular vote on line. Lets face it technology has out done the pace of the consitution! Then we can take the wages of the congressmen and women and the saved pention and benifit funds and put it toward the dept. That's 435 menbers subtracting the 12 member comitte equals 423 menbers gone with an average salarty of 174,000 dollars a year. Comes to a savings of 7.35 billion dollars saved per year plus pentions and other benifits. We will have the dept payed of in no time.