Archive for February, 2018

Alexander Hamilton, founder of the American System. Portrait, Painted by John Trumbull

Alexander Hamilton’s Genius Can Save Our Nation

(The following essay was written as a submission to a contest sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, in which contestants were to address how Hamilton had affected their lives. This essay came in second. I republish it because it will give you a sense of my orientation in running […]

by February 28, 2018 Commentary, Economists
The Wstts Bar dam on the Tennessee River, built from 1939 to 1942, provided urgently needed electricity for the World War II effort. (TVA.org)

News Shorts, Feb. 26-March 4, 2018

Democratic and Republican Lawmakers Blast Proposal to Sell Off Parts of TVA Feb. 25, 2018—The Trump budget proposal for selling off the transmission lines of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) came under immediate attack from both Democrats and Republicans. Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, called it a “looney idea.” […]

by February 26, 2018 News Shorts
National spheric torus experiment at Princeton, a  premier site for thermonuclear fusion research.

News Shorts, Feb. 19-25, 2018

  Trump Administration Budget Means Slashes in Crucial Investments for the Future Feb. 18, 2018—From the standpoint of the American System of Economics, the nation’s commitment to the frontiers of science is a crucial parameter indicating whether it is on the path to progress. For our purposes today, two of […]

by February 19, 2018 News Shorts
Abraham Lincoln

A Good Speech on Abraham Lincoln’s Early Life

Up From Obscurity: The Influence of Lincoln’s Early Life on His Thought and Politics (The following speech was presented on Feb. 11, 2018 by Michael Lynch, director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.. The venue was a meeting of MOLLUS, the Military […]

by February 14, 2018 Commentary
Similar bubbles to the 2009 housing market bubble, are set to blow in 2018 (Wiki)

News Shorts, Feb. 12-18, 2018

  Stock Market Dives Catch Congress and Trump Flat-footed; Where is Glass-Steagall? Feb. 11, 2018—The major dives on the stock market last week shouldn’t have taken anyone in Washington by surprise, but it should finally grab their attention.  If it does, they will turn their minds to the legislation to […]

by February 12, 2018 News Shorts
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the American System

By Rochelle Ascher A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1 1809-1849 By Sidney Blumenthal Simon & Schuster, 2016, 576 pp Feb. 10, 2018–As someone who has made the study of Abraham Lincoln a major part of my adult life, I can say that this book is one […]

by February 10, 2018 Commentary
Residents affected by Hurricane Maria wait in line for fuel donated by the Fuel Relief Fund in the municipality of Orocovis, outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

News Shorts for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2018

Uproar Grows Over Lack of Federal Disaster Relief Feb. 4, 2018—Political pressure is mounting on Congress over the fact that the $81 billion disaster relief bill passed by the House in December continues to languish, with little visible prospect of passage by the Senate. The Puerto Rican situation, where approximately […]

by February 4, 2018 News Shorts
A Government Worth Fighting For

A Government Worth Fighting For

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 2, 2018–It’s headline news these days that dozens of incumbent Congressmen are retiring for what they say are the rewards of “private life.” What are we to make of this rush to the exits? There is no question but that things are insane and dysfunctional in […]

by February 2, 2018 Commentary