Have every one of your leaders read the seminal essay by John Maynard Keynes, 1930:"Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren", readily available online and known by all economists. We are in the midst of the change that he foresaw and the big idea is to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Gather together a certain number of unemployed citizens, let them open up an abandoned factory, power it with solar, wind and water power to reduce their overhead. The employees will share the profits in a type of employee cooperative. They could set aside a small amount of their profits to fund the next factory opening.
Mutual credit exchange system. Form a national exchange system in which transactions are mediated by interest-free direct credit. Users possess a ledger with credits and debts, the balance of which may be negative without incurring fees. A distributed yet coherent network of accounting and credit clearing systems fills the role of a banking system. Monitoring and user metrics demonstrate user reliability and boost system credibility. Credit limits are imposed for balance and added credibility.
PRO-RATING EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO WEEKLY HOURS WORKED, no matter how few, would be a great carbon-reduction and quality-of-life policy! In extreme-commuting America, we should tailor work hours to workweeks to create four-day, three-day, and two-day workweeks and greatly reduce overall commuting for employees who want to reduce the work, cost, road exposure, and time spent driving to their jobs while gaining whole new workweek days for a second job, school, child care, hobby, or family fun.
Tax imported oil at a floating rate per barrel to stabilize US oil prices at an optimum amount ($80?) to balance the economic benefits of lower prices and stable employment in the US energy industry, along with strengthening US energy independence. Added bonus: dedicate the new tax revenues to paying down the national debt.
Turn the five populated U.S. Territories [Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, U. S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa] into states or sell them. Sell all the uninhabited U.S. Territories [ Palmyra Atoll, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Wake Island, Midway Islands, Navassa Island and Serranilla Bank]. Use the proceeds to fund a massive multi-year jobs program to replace fossil fuel energy with renewables.
A federal or state government run smartphone application to access the camera and browser for scanning a QR coded pin issued by the IRS or tax agencies and wore by employees of major retailers and grocery chains to enable a system of tipping low wages sales help for good service. Our working poor are not seeing any benefits from the huge profits of these merchant employers. It would enable direct funding of employees for quality work.
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.