To save money, the government, and our jobs, have all the civilians in the US government take a permanent, full reduction in Grade. If you are GS-12, you would become GS-11.
Congress, President, Judges, etc. would take a similar pay cut.
Our soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, and coast guard would be exempt. Their pay for what they are willing to sacrifice is already upside down.
Like a home budget, making a cut in one area, won't do any good, if we still spend more than we make.