Rebuild this country's' infrastructure. ALL of it. Roads and bridges, railroads, sewer systems, water systems, natural gas and electric distribution systems, and communications systems including broadband classified as a utility. One idea? There are so many ideas/things that need doing the politicians should be tripping over them.
Let's begin infrastructure refurbishing on bridges, highways, public buildings, schools, and water delivery systems by 2016; including a works program (similar to work programs instituted post WW2 - like the WPA) that will put (especially) young people and the long-term unemployed to work with cut-outs for the unemployed elderly who wish to work to perform administrative tasks. All workers in the program should be paid at least $15 per hour to stimulate the economy.
How about just fixing the infrastructure. It would provide the kind of jobs that the middle class needs. Not every one needs a college education tradesmen are needed and thats what construction jobs can do for the common man/woman. The up side is the first political party that goes big on this issue will find lots of votes. The progressives should make this priority #1.it is the right thing to do for America.
Green new deal! I believe it's already being floated around for military veterans, but train those who need jobs to assess, install and service solar panels. Perhaps consider installing solar panels on some government-sponsored housing units to mitigate costs of electricity (often subsidized by the government.)