Stop paying those, whose major contribution is the consumption of oxygen--don't abrogate obligations to those, who have in good faith earned benefits, or like disabled veterans, are owed compensation. Fire 10% of government employees (starting at the top according to merit)--no one would miss them and things would run more smoothly. Restrict social security to those that have paid in to it. Update treaty commitments--a political decision--so that DoD could more effectively, and cheaply, pursue a post Cold War, post 911 mission. Get rid of expensive, compliance-based regulation so the economy can grow--the only way to solve the deficit. Enact a flat tax. Get the government out of people's lives--the real problem with big government.