Let's take Medicaid/Medicare/SS The problem is many baby boomers will soon retire and become a drain on economic resources while the remainder of the population has to support it. Very similar to the legacy auto companies which have 1 worker for every 4 retirees. There are some really scary numbers about how much money it will take today to fulfill future obligations. Let's just say that $1 trillion dollars will be needed today in order to gain interest and pay for all future obligations. So my question to ETers is... Which of the below would solve the problem (A) Raise taxes, cut spending, and deposit $1T into the trust-fund (B) Return to the "pay-as-you-go" method where taxes collected equal outlays for that year (C) The Federal Reserve prints one (1) note in the domination of $1 trillion dollars and gives it to the trust fund; or 50 billion twenties. (D) Your own method and rational behind it. Part two of question, let's say the next president picks option "A". The trust-fund also earns a high interest rate. Is the crisis averted?