Storing large quantities of oil is very expensive, unlike, say, gold or diamonds. You can't hoard the stuff. Ultimately, the stuff has to be sold to consumers, and if high prices drive demand down (and demand for fuel is elastic, despite a lot of nonsense to the contrary) speculators will lose their shirt.
The reason why oil are prices are at historicallly high levels, and have been for the past few years, is that global demand has not kept up with global supply, mostly because China and to a lesser extent other parts of the developing world is buying more of it. Incidentally, this is exactly the same reason why a bunch of other commodities, including other fossil fuels, metals, and agricultural products, have gone up in price.
If you really want valuable pennies, pass a law that says the official tender of the United States is changing to the "New Dollar" (or, to get the GOP on side, "the Reagan") and that the Federal Reserve will exchange 1 US dollar for a 1/100 of a Reagan.
But I don't think I could possibly be happy with medical treatment provided under the terms you've described. What would be your reaction if your endocrinologist told you, say, you had to give up having orgasms because it increased your risk of blindness at age 70 by 1%?
The question is whether the money would be well spent compared to, I dunno, just about anything else.
The long-run US federal deficit is an issue because of health care costs. Social security will push things up a bit, but only a bit (in fraction of GDP terms) Everything else, including NASA, is essentially noise.
So if you're arguing for spending to be kept at current levels, you're essentially proposing to get rid of some part of Mediare, Medicaid, or VA health (the most cost-effective health care system in the US, by the way, and 100% socialized medicine).. But here's the great part. While the cost to government might go down - your "spending" sacred cow - costs to individuals are going to go up more, because that tax-eating behemoth the federal government buys healthcare a lot more efficiently than the private sector does.
Implicit in Republican proposals to cut healthcare costs is the notion that poor people should just fuck off and die. The only "death panel" necessary is the one that checks whether your credit card is good.. Which would indeed solve the healthcare cost issues. Try articulating that in public, though.
There's a context here - the A380 heavy maintenance is not done in Australia (and so not done by their members) and Qantas and the union are currently in a massive industrial bunfight.
So any negative comments about A380 safety have to be taken in that context.
For idiot-proof travel, a DSLR + a Sigma or Tamron "superzoom" will get you excellent pictures, and when you get home you can fit more specialized lenses for whatever it is you want to do.
American elections are, in large part, decided not by persuading independents to vote for one candidate or the other, it's by which party can get its ideologically-aligned supporters to the polls.
Committed supporters can be very useful in that - you feed them what are in effect talking points to persuade their less committed friends to come and vote; it makes organizing volunteers to, say, drive likely voters to the polls easier, and so on and so forth. That's where a mobile app might be useful.