When billionaire Donald Trump flirted with running for President in 2000 on the Reform Party ticket, he proposed a temporary surtax on the super wealthy with the proceeds dedicated to paying off the National debt. Fiscal conservatives screamed it was confiscatory but Trump argued that it was 1) temporary, and 2) only fair for billionaires to contribute towards paying off the National debt in view of the extraordinary economic opportunity that being an American afforded them. Trump said he would be glad to pay his share until the surge-charge sunsetted with the retirement of the National debt. You see no such bold thinking from the 2008 Presidential candidates. Their prescriptions for America are safe and boring. Sometimes it takes someone outside politics to think outside the public policy box.