Nick_Brody you sound like a level headed compassionate Socialist.If you retire early and are able to work you should provide you own health care or go back to work. Pay raises should be earned not Government mandated. People should be paid what they and a employer agree they are worth. The exporting of jobs is more because of taxes and regulations than wages. Over taxing the rich takes money that would be spent and invested and funnel it to our Government to be wasted. Government can not allocate capital efficiently,only the free market is efficient. All and all you thoughts are better than the current reality.
Disclaimer: i happen to be retired and not rich by even Dim-ocrat measures.