President Obama and the Progressive Democrats should agree with the Republicans about the U.S. Government not having enough money in the budget. Then by executive order declare a fiscal emergency and immediately tax everyone making more than $500,000 / yr at a 90% tax rate until the debt is paid off.
Government should help colleges find part-time jobs for students who would otherwise be unable to attend college due to the high cost now for tuitions. Too many students are forced to borrow money, which puts them in deep debt after graduation, and are often unable to make payments because they cannot find work.
Create a 100% sir tax all petroleum products. This would currently place the minimum price of gasoline at $5.00/ gallon(approx), discouraging superfluous use of automobiles as recreational vehicles and encouraging public transportation. The funds generated could be used to create public owned solar power grids to lower fossil fuel consumption
The Supreme Court rules now treats Corporations as "people." Go after Tax Evasion if they moved "Virtual" headquarters to other countries AND TAX corporations at the same rates as normal people, perhaps as high income earners,; but maybe as even Low or Middle income earners...since their incomes are distributed so thinly by shares held by many people. It's NOT $Billions that way, it's $Thousands.
Require all Congressional and Presidential candidates to take a test of cultural competence--(meaning, awareness of one's own cultural background; baggage; and level of commitment to respecting, and supporting people from non-dominant cultures. Such people include African Americans, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, women, working class and poor people, disabled people, and non-Christians. Make the results of this test public.
Implement federally supported regional manufacturing, agricultural, and other trades public service academies to teach people how make, build, and do things. They can be taught by experts and retired people from those fields. Participants can learn about all levels of production through management. What is produced and the skilled labor can benefit the communities and country. Certified graduates can go on to work in their own business or other companies after 4 yrs service.
Establish a free, universal (ie open to all income brackets - no means testing), Government-run education program for all US citizens and residents of the US from early age childhood education (eg jumpstart), to third level doctoral studies. To include all forms of vocational education. To include cost of lining support while learning. Anyone who wants to learn is encouraged to do so.
Where I live big industry discharges millions of pounds of toxins into the air. The inside of homes and cars have weird dust and grit in them. Please regulate companies being allowed to discharge millions of pounds of toxic waste particles into the air and make then use scrubbers and equipment to clean up their manufacturing process.
This is more of a comment on the idea of basic housing for the homeless. In the state of TN we have homeless shelters. There, the homeless have their needs met for food, clothing, and a warm place to stay, It would be great if every homeless person in this country could have a private shelter, but there is no way this could be paid for. We need to keep trying to find a way to help educate and find jobs for the homeless, so that they can get off the streets and have a meaningful life!
Use transitioning military personnel to reduce the overall cost of public infrastructure while at the same time providing on the job training and providing introductions to prospective employers. The project funding should supplement the military pay such that the transitioning military personnel's pay would be relatively commensurate with private sector workers in comparable positions.
Mandate sustainability by requiring transformation of energy from oil economy to sustainable energy economy including solar, wind and free energy. And transfer from conventional agriculture practices to green agriculture--no GMOs, no pesticides nor herbicides--which uses permaculture & biodynamic techniques.
GMO crops promised higher yields and claimed required less toxic pesticide spraying. Of which neither are true. In fact, GMO seeds stop the plants ability to obtain minerals and other nutrients from the soils its planted in. Therefore, rendering the food derived from those crops worthless in much needed nutrients to sustain human and animal lives. Stop GMO crops now and return to true natural seeds immediately in order to feed our growing population!
Allow online taxpayers to itemize not only their tax deductions, but their tax expenditures as well. Want to fund only the Forestry Service? Go ahead! Have a fondness for the Navy? Make it your 50% priority! Those who choose not to itemize will have their tax dollars allocated by the formula Congress passes; and if no one steps up for the NSA, well, too bad so sad!