To the Editor:

The United States of America is the only country in the civilized world that spends nearly a year and a half and hundreds of millions of dollars determining who will be its next president.

From “I feel the Bern” Sanders to “Benghazi Hillary” to “The Donald” to “TrusTed” and all the others, none of the presidential candidates have addressed definitively how our country is going to get out from under our egregious national debt that threatens to destroy the future of many generations to come.

The U.S. debt is nearly $20 trillion and the unfunded liability of federal pensions is over $100 trillion.

I call on all the presidential candidates to address these issues immediately.

I also call on President Obama and all members of Congress to, effective immediately, reduce their federal compensation to the minimum wage level —- with no perks — until this debt crisis is eliminated.

The enormous salaries and benefits that our elected officials receive should cease immediately and their post-employment benefits should be forfeited until the national debt is retired.

If those serving the people cannot afford to live on the minimum wage, then they should resign.

For Americans who support term limits for Congress, setting their salaries at minimum wage will undoubtedly clean house.

It's not right that many Americans are struggling to just get by while these elected public officials receive large compensation. Remember, we elected them to serve us ... not the other way around.

Enough is enough; the future of our country is in jeopardy.

Tom Morey

New Milford