Welcome to "What Next?", The Week's contest about current events.

Click here for the results of the previous contest: Childproof neighborhoods

Last week's question: George Osborne, the British chancellor of the exchequer, recently boosted his popularity enormously by reducing the tax on beer. Other than reducing taxes, what strategic new policy would instantly double any politician's popularity ratings?


THE WINNER: Take a vow of silence
Caryl Gallardo, Kansas City, Mo.

SECOND PLACE: Tax credits for watching sports
Paul Johnsen, Hartford, Wis.

THIRD PLACE: Tell the truth
Scott Barlow, Pequannock, N.J.


Let Texas secede
Janine Witte, New Hope, Pa.

Subsidized bags of Cheetos for medical marijuana patients
Brian Michalak, Glen Head, N.Y.

Reduce congressional pay to minimum wage and work for tips. (No tips from lobbyists)
Tony Renner, Las Vegas

Merge C-SPAN with Survivor...politicians kicked off the island weekly
Tony Pribyl, Piedmont, Calif.

All bridges will be built to somewhere!
Dick LaVine, New York City

Announce they will not run for re-election
Douglas R. Johnson, Centennial, Colo.

"Kardashian" becomes the eighth word you can't say on radio/TV
Ken Kellam III, Dallas

If more than 10 percent of a company’s workforce is laid off during a six-month period, the CEO must resign without any severance pay
David Pepper, Malibu, Calif.

All electronics chargers must work on all brands, all models
Ken Radziwanowski, East Windsor, N.J.

Annual politician Hunger Games
Ella Shenhav, Brookline, Mass.

Impose a 100 percent surtax on all campaign contributions
Michael Law, Vernon, Ariz.

Make being a politician illegal
Robert Bajnrauh, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ban kids
Bill Vogt, Henderson, N.C.

Legalize pot
O.C. Brown, Auburn, Ala.

Provide all Americans with their same health-care and pension benefits
Greg Kudrick, Lisbon, Conn.

Make it illegal to grow or sell Brussels sprouts
Beth Simon, Oakland, Calif.

Free health care for pets
Ellen Sholk, Barre, Vt.

Free ice cream every time Vice President Biden makes a gaffe
James N. Rhodes, Columbiana, Ohio