Archive for November, 2018

Washington and his cabinet

Ignoring the Founding Fathers, at Our Peril

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, by Joseph J. Ellis.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.  283 pp. Reviewed by Edward Spannaus , November 29, 2018 This is both an ambitious and a provocative book.  Joseph Ellis, who taught college-level American history for decades,  takes the major debates among the […]

by November 29, 2018 Commentary, History
The use of deadly opioids is driving down U.S. life expectancy.

U.S. Life-Expectancy Down: The fundamentals are unsound!

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 29, 2018—Forget the stock market, inflation, and the jobs figures. According to the most vital measures of the U.S. economy, the fundamentals are very unsound. U.S. life-expectancy at birth decreased again in 2017, according to statistics released today by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This […]

by November 29, 2018 News Shorts
National Infrastructure Banks Prove Superior to PPPs

National Infrastructure Banks Prove Superior to PPPs

By Alphecca Muttardy, Macroeconomist  Last Updated 11/27/18 This Brief makes the case that National Infrastructure Banks (NIBs) have historically proven to be superior to Public-Private Partnerships in building American infrastructure. There have been four major National Infrastructure Banks/Systems in our nation’s history,[1] starting with the First Bank of the United […]

by November 27, 2018 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank
President John F. Kennedy

In Thankful Memory of John F. Kennedy

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 22, 2018—The coincidence of this year’s Thanksgiving holiday with the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has provoked me to write this post.  Kennedy’s assassination was a horrific turning point in our nation’s history, the opening shot in a series of assassinations […]

by November 22, 2018 Commentary

Updated National Infrastructure Bank Video on Facebook

See how America can rebuild its collapsing infrastructure, on the vast scale required, founded upon  historic precedents, and the bank will not create new debt!

by November 21, 2018 Infrastructure, Infrastructure Bank
The Portal Bridge, a key link on the Northeast rail corridor, and over 100 years old.

Updated National Infrastructure Bank Slideshow Now Available

Nov. 15, 2018–The slide show delivered by macro-economist Alphecca Muttardy on Nov. 13 in Washington,D.C. is now available here as a PDF. Although many of the slides are self-explanatory, you may find it useful to review them alongside our news report, which is available here. As the weekly disruptions of […]

by November 15, 2018 Infrastructure, News
The opening slide of the National Infrastructure Bank slide show.

D.C. Meeting Discusses National Infrastructure Bank

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 14, 2018—A group of approximately 25 citizen-leaders gathered in a Washington, D.C. library last night to discuss how to address the question of the nation’s collapsing infrastructure. The lively, almost-unstoppable discussion centered around a slide show presentation on a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB)  proposal, given by […]

by November 14, 2018 News
Senator Joe Manchin (wikipedia)

Senator Manchin Calls for Infrastructure Bank

Nov. 14, 2018—U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who was re-elected on Nov. 6, has put himself on record calling for the creation of a national infrastructure bank.  According to an Oct. 19 report on WJLS News, a Beckley radio station, Manchin raised the issue during a candidates’ forum with his […]

by November 14, 2018 News Shorts
Delegate Sam Rasoul in 2014 (youtube)

Virginia Delegate Highlights the Issue of Poverty

Nov. 14, 2018—Delegate Sam Rasoul, who represents the 11th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, penned an oped in the Roanoke Times Nov. 11, in which he sought to direct attention to one of the fundamental economic crises facing the state, and implicitly the nation. Under the title “The […]

by November 14, 2018 News Shorts
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass: “Knowledge Unfits a Man to be a Slave”

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 12, 2018—Three days ago, my husband and I attended a local event sponsored by the Edwin Washington Project, a non-profit devoted to documenting the history of education during the era of segregation in Loudoun County, Virginia, where we live. The speeches on the struggle waged to […]

by November 12, 2018 Commentary