what is not clear is whether anyone who ponies up the $40K will then get to claim that they have erased their personal share of the national debt.
would a balanced approach to the debt crisis include asking wealthy people to voluntarily donate money to the government for the express purpose of paying off the national debt? Do any wealthy people give extra money to the government on the belief that the government needs it more than they do, or that the government will find a better and more worthwhile way to spend that money than the individual could? There is no law prohibiting the voluntary payment of extra taxes. Finally, when does the government's revenue constitute a windfall?
I just hope that nobody serves Obama peas on his birthday...although the old line, "It's my party and i'll cry if I want to" works on just so many levels these days.