Archive for March, 2018

American System: Don’t Privatize Veterans’ Care

American System: Don’t Privatize Veterans’ Care

March 31, 2018—President Trump’s firing of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin on March 28, is an ominous sign that proponents of privatizing the medical care system for veterans are gaining the upper hand. Should privatization occur, it would be a violation of principles which were part of the […]

by March 31, 2018 News
Statue of John Marshall in Philadelphia,

Marshall’s Supreme Court Affirms American System

by Edward Spannaus  First of a series March 26, 2018–Next year will mark the 200th anniversary of a series of decisions by the United States Supreme Court which cemented the principles of Alexander Hamilton  and the American System  into U.S. constitutional law. It was in the Court’s 1819 term–sometimes called the “Great […]

by March 26, 2018 Commentary
U.S. Steel plant from 1973. (wikimedia commons)

Congressional Steel Caucus Hails Tariffs

March 25, 2018—The Congressional Steel Caucus, a bipartisan body headed by Republicans Rick Crawford (Ark) and Mike Bost (Ill), held an extensive briefing March 21, bringing together labor and industry representatives to discuss President Trump’s announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. In addition to Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, the […]

by March 26, 2018 News Shorts
Lock on the Mississippi River. (wikipedia)

Nation’s Waterways Need Giant Investment

March 25, 2018—Groups dependent upon the extensive inland waterway system of the United States are celebrating their good fortune, in the wake of the Congress’s latest appropriations bill. For example, the Waterways Council, in a March 22 release, exulted at the fact that funding for the Army Corps of Engineers’ […]

by March 26, 2018 News Shorts
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello.

Will Trump Administration Holdup of Puerto Rican Funds Finally End?

March 24, 2018–The scandalous holdup of billions in disaster aid authorized by Congress for Puerto Rico last October, appears finally to be about to end. The signal was given by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during a high-profile visit to the Island on March 22, where he and Governor Ricardo Rosselló […]

by March 26, 2018 News Shorts
Cindy Estrada, UAW vice-president.

Almost 2 million on Latest Sanders Town Hall

March 22, 2018–With 1.7 viewers tuned in to his online town hall March 20, “Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, joined by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others, missed a golden opportunity to rally progressive Democrats and independents to fight for […]

by March 26, 2018 News Shorts
Former FDIC chair Sheila Bair

FDIC Officials Warn Against Further Deregulation

March 25, 2018–Experienced officials of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have made it clear once again: It’s the height of stupidity to further loosen banking regulations. Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair made her comments to Barron’s magazine  on March 1, but they continue to garner coverage in the financial […]

by March 26, 2018 News Shorts
Logo for National Geographic's "One Strange Rock"

Our Planet: One Strange Rock

Scientific inquiry was always a high priority for the proponents of the American System of Economics—from Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton on. I am publishing this news item in that spirit.—Nancy Spannaus  By Marsha Freeman March 24, 2018 – In the early 1800s, naturalist and geographer Alexander von Humboldt set […]

by March 24, 2018 News
Demonstrating for Federal aid to Puerto Rico on March 20 in Washington, D.C.

Puerto Rico: Cancel Debt, Build Infrastructure

By Angela Vullo March 22, 2018–On March 20, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez (D-NY) hosted a discussion on the subject of “Puerto Rico, Six Months after Hurricane Maria.”  The event provided an opportunity for small businesses and NGOS on the ground to talk about relief work immediately after the Hurricane. What became […]

by March 22, 2018 News
FDR Launches Public Works, Starting with the CCC

FDR Launches Public Works, Starting with the CCC

March 20, 2018–Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal model  is still relevant today, Rep. Marcy Kaptur recognizes with her 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act (H.R. 2206). Read about a part of that model below. March 18, 1933 began the second phase of FDR’s “Hundred Days” program, the one devoted explicitly to […]

by March 20, 2018 History, Infrastructure