Many voice ways to reduce the current government debt, as long as it doesnt affect them and/or their financial status. Think about this: A 1% - 2% pay cut for government officials including federal, state, and local (city/town). Including administration (President, governors, mayors, local council members, and directors of federal/state programs and city programs. All legislative branches (Congress/Senate). With a moratorium for 3-5 years. With no pay increases. Many federal, state, and city employees are not just foregoing raises but also taking pay deductions with mandated administrative days off without pay. It is time for government to become equal participants with their constituents and share the duty and responsibility of the financial upheaval. The money would be mandated to go directly to the deficit of each contributing entity, e.g. city to city deficit; state to state deficit, and federal to federal deficit not to create or enhance current programs or pet projects.