First, immediately stop paying every member of Congress, including their staff (and the White House staff), until the debt crisis is solved and the country is headed down a fiscally solvent and responsible path. Also, Congress is to remain in session, around the clock, until it is all worked out satisfactorily. There will be no compensation at all during this time.
Second, everyone, and that means “everyone”, in the House and Senate (along with the president) must leave office when their current term is over, never to return – no exceptions. They must also be banned from economically benefiting from this political fiasco – meaning no book deals or TV shows.
Third, pass a strict law that holds politicians, the media, and comedians/celebrities (speaking as political experts) responsible for everything they claim in public. When a politician such as Pelosi says: “What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today”, it must at least make sense, and then it must be substantiated. If not, removal from office (or TV) must be mandatory and immediate. The death penalty should not be ruled out in cases where intentionally frightening the public was found to be the motive.
David J. Hentosh