The government SHOULD be run as a business. We have now created so much debt that my grandchildren's children will still be paying it off. There is so much government waste. If we are worried about not having funding for the next natural disaster then we should be cutting from some of these non critical programs and putting it into that rainy day fund. It is NOT OK to continue to rack up debt without a solid workable plan in place for repayment. Perhaps our government should have an "investment " arm that aims to have an outside equity firm with no political ties and unable to do anything other than invest or run a USA fund for profit with the sole intent of reducing our deficit. The equity firm must be built from scratch and those involved in it cannot trade or invest for anyone else, cannot share details of any investments prior to making them and on top of it they should be required to invest in AMERICAN equities that pay dividends and then use options strategies to create an income stream. We give millions of dollars away every day why not actually make some money for once? The SEC would have oversight and the fund managers would be paid a nominal salary, 2% after exceeding a high benchmark and get health insurance through the marketplace. It would be simple to run-hell I'd do it in a heartbeat.