Bill Gates says U.S. recovery to take years, taxes rise - Yahoo! News Good article, and I agree with him on some points. I do not agree there needs to be cuts in entitlements. Going to be some angry Americans when and if you do. He's right, we need leadership, not much in the pipeline right now. I definitely think taxes need to be raised. Here's some of my suggestions. 1. Everyone has healthcare, the costs shift to the industry and anyone making over 200K in healthcare gets taxed at 100% over that amount. 2 No denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Industry eats that too. 3. Every citizen will pay into Social Security, even the one fourth of public sector workers who don't now. 4. Every government worker taxed at 100% for any amount over 100k unless it's OT. If they make that in OT, then time to hire more people and make that mandatory as well. Government service returns to the job. 5. Stop the export of jobs to cheaper markets. One year waiver on layoff for loss of jobs overseas, and we sit down and figure out a way to make globalization work for Americans for a change. We are here today because government sat back and watched our people suffer, and jobs disappear. Nothing but pure greed. 6. Unfunded government pensions illegal. 7. Maybe a five year sabbatical on bright ideas and the federal government so we can pay off our debt, and especially to the Communist Chinese. 8. Tort reform for healthcare. 9. Massive reduction in income tax, but I understand that will have to wait. 10. Anyone who supports a "balanced" budget bill is the enemy. The guy/gal we want will look at a "reduced" budget bill, and understand that well over three trillion dollars a year is complete insanity. Fill in and add where you think we need. These are the things I come up with while I'm pissed.