Here are some simple steps, to fight poverty, and improve the standard of living for a majority of our population.
First, openly declare war on poverty. Yes, it's a symbolic declaration, but it paves the way for what follows.
Second, State the goal. End Homelessness? End under-employment? create vital living situations for all citizens? End financial insecurity?
third, activate profiteering laws. These laws come into play, during a time of conflict. These laws would limit corporation profits to 8% above cost.
Fourth, Tie executive compensation to a multiple of mean employee wage for that company. This would in-cent the executive teams, to improve employee wages, or see their compensation decrease exponentially. Eliminate other forms of compensation that are used as loopholes (stock options, bonuses and such).
Fifth, Alocate stimulus monies toward creating a viable car-free transportation network, that is powered by direct electricity, and encourages viable cities, and protects farmlands.
Sixth, end the drug war. There are way too many reasons why this has been a foolish venture. Replace drug crimes, with stronger property, violent, and financial crimes. It's common knowledge that the drug war, encourages other types of crime. by discouraging REAL crime, it would make our streets safe again.
seventh, Eliminate suburbia. Abandon the dream, that converting farmland to useless automobile dependent sprawl is a failing venture.
Anything that you folks want to add?