Archive for April, 2018

Arizona teachers rally at state capitol. April 4.

Teachers’ Strikes Expand; National Solution Needed

By Nancy Spannaus April 29, 2018—The movement of teachers willing to strike for a change in policy toward public education continues to expand across the country. Arizona teachers, based on a vote in which 78% approved a strike, turned out en masse in the state capitol April 26 and 27, […]

by April 29, 2018 News
Remembering Ulysses S. Grant on His Birthday

Remembering Ulysses S. Grant on His Birthday

by Bonnie James Ulysses S. Grant, the outstanding hero of the U.S. Civil War, who brought peace to the nation with the surrender of the Confederate armies at Appomattox; two-term President of the United States; friend and ally of Abraham Lincoln; and protector and advocate for the emancipated African-American slaves, […]

by April 26, 2018 History
Frances Perkins speaks with FDR.

Frances Perkins: A Role Model for Our Time

By Angela Vullo April 26, 2018–Frances Perkins was one of the driving forces behind Franklin Roosevelt’s historic presidency.  From her crucial role in FDR’s cabinet when he was Governor of New York, through all of his terms in the White House, Perkins was at his side, battling to bring forth […]

by April 26, 2018 Commentary
FDR visits with farmers in North Dakota in the 1936 campaign.

FDR’s 100 Days Put the Constitution Into Action

By Nancy Spannaus The following discussion of FDR’s 100 Days was written in May of 2013, and has been slightly edited for republication. FDR’s New Deal moved to reverse more than 30 years of subversion of the American System of economics, and restore the principles enshrined in the Preamble of […]

by April 25, 2018 Commentary, History
Glass-Steagall bill to be introduced in Australia

Glass-Steagall bill to be introduced in Australia

April 25, 2018—Australian Member of Parliament (MP) Bob Katter has announced that he will be introducing legislation to establish Glass-Steagall-style regulations on the Australian banking system. Rep. Katter, who represents Kennedy in Queensland, is collaborating with the Citizens Electoral Council (CEC), which has recently drafted the Banking System Reform (Separation […]

by April 25, 2018 News Shorts
Nigerian President Buhari (center) with leaders of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (Lawrence Freeman)

Save Lake Chad with Transaqua: Nkrumah and FDR Would Concur

By Lawrence Freeman, April 24, 2018 In 1943, after having flown over the Sahara Desert on his way to a Casablanca conference with Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt remarked to his son Elliott, that with the recreation of a lake in the depressed flats in North Africa, “The Sahara would […]

by April 24, 2018 News
Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C. (wikimedia commons)

Solve the Fed’s Dilemma–with Glass-Steagall

April 24, 2018—“Could the Fed Set Off a Debt Bomb?”, asked financial pundit Satyajit Das in an article for Bloomberg April 12. Das’s analysis of the minefield which the Fed faces in the weeks and months ahead, serves as a warning to those of all political stripes who keep mindlessly […]

by April 24, 2018 News Shorts
Construction workers in the Apollo program.

The Cost of Infrastructure Decline–Opioid Deaths Among Hardhats

By Angela Vullo April 22, 2018–Sometimes there are unintended, even deadly, consequences in neglecting basic infrastructure.  This is one of those times.  Not only is America’s once prided infrastructure crumbling to the ground, but the workforce most responsible for building that infrastructure is facing dire conditions. This reality was exposed […]

by April 22, 2018 Infrastructure, News
Franklin Roosevelt Addresses the Nation on Banking Crisis in March, 1933

FDR’s Hundred Days, 85th Anniversary: Profound Crises Require Real Leadership

Book Review by John Ascher   Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America, Adam Cohen Penguin Press, 2009, 372 pp.   April 21, 2018–Outstanding amongst the more recent portrayals of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “100 Days” is the account in Nothing to Fear, the […]

by April 21, 2018 Commentary, Glass-Steagall, History
The Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey, the nation's oldest, has gotten a reprieve.

New Jersey Saves Two Nuclear Plants

April 20, 2018—Sanity prevailed in New Jersey this week, when both houses of the State Legislature passed energy legislation which will permit two of the state’s three nuclear plants to keep operating. The bill, expected to be signed by the Governor, will provide a $300 million a year subsidy to […]

by April 20, 2018 News Shorts