Build a Factory/Settlement on the Moon. Just like JFK's moon shot program, this will require massive innovations, create trillions of dollars in wealth, thousands of companies, millions of jobs. It will provide jobs to our children and grandchildren in science. It will resurrect middle class back with good paying jobs ( including health benefits). It is time for the Progressives to stop talking about divvying up the economic pie and start expanding the economic pie.
Times have changed/old answers are not enough. Good jobs are declining We need new solutions to create jobs by creating incentives to provide economic growth through tax policies such as : 1. Tax benefits to bring manufacturing back to America and reward research and development for long term gains. 2. Redefine limits to work hours for full time workers encouraging new hires and discouraging overworking current full time workers. Better jobs feed the economic growth.
Interest Rate Caps (Federal Anti-Usury Statute) and Retirement of Personal Debts: 1) "Get The 'US' Out of USURY": re-institute anti-usury laws at the Federal level (no more exceptions for states like Delaware) with an absolute interest rate cap of 10%; and 2) Repayment of Credit Card Debt: all credit card charges are to be paid off in the order in which they were incurred (chronological order), and AS SOON AS 150% of the original purchase price has been repaid, that debt is PAID IN FULL
Social Security was put in place to address the FACT that life is challenging & most people will NOT succeed in preparing for retirement without a mandatory savings program with a lock box. People want to borrow from SS (& 401K's), but then we'd go back to vast majority retiring destitute. Instead, we need more distributed income/wealth, better wages, more robust SS. & Changing values (culture) for a little less immediate gratification & consumption so needs & wants don't always outpace income.
Our government provided trillions of government guaranteed dollar to provide a bailout for the "too big to fail banks." Now the American people need the bailout. The Federal Reserve with a stroke of a pen created trillions to give faltering banks a second chance. The same should be done for our citizens...Cancel all debts owed to banks as a "We The People Bailout".
Pass the Carbon Fee and Dividend proposed by the Citizens' Climate Lobby. A price is put on carbon at source based on emission or release of $15/ton of green house gas emissions. Price is raised $10/year. 100% of money returned to people of the USA monthly. Border fee on imports based on their carbon foot print. Border subsidy provided on exports to compensate for carbon fee. Acts as stimulus. Grows economy and creates 2.8 million jobs over 20 years and reduces carbon pollution by 50%.
Robots are transforming the economy both for good and ill. They make things that last and they take jobs. They are a giant engine of inequality unless recognized for what they are: Social goods, not private goods. As a social good they are an income provider, as a private good they are job stealers. They must be taxed and their revenue made to support the basic income guarantee posted elsewhere on this site.
Let's take 2 Big Problems and create 1 Big Positive Idea! Our young adults face a horrible job market. Our infrastructure and Power Grid are outdated. Let's create a Two-Year National Service program for kids when they reach the age of 18. Evaluate them, and set them to work on our problems; put the most computer-savvy kids to work with new Green Tech companies. Put other kids in jobs that help them network and learn real-world skills as they create a new, Smarter Power Grid.