1. I get a home mortgage interest deduction I could live without.
2. I could prob. afford to pay my healthcare post tax.
3. I could volunteer my time and services at an organization that relies primarily on government funding to reduce need.
4. Assist more in supporting my elderly relatives in order make a public safety net sustainable.
its a spending problem, not a revenue problem. However, as a nation, we are addicted to the current overspending. any big change in spending would crush the economy.
really only way to start is freeze all spending and let inflation/GDP growth slowly catch up with spending
other than that you could get creative with accounting. delay all proposed federal construction projects a few months to a year, pushing projects to another fiscal year's budget. make "cost of living" increases every two years instead of every year.
increase SS retirement age incrementally based on current age, ect