Articles by: americansystemnow

A depiction of the Boston Tea Party, December 1773.

Let Ben Franklin Tell the Story of the American Revolution

(Jan. 23, 2019–The following is a recent open letter to the leadership of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which I believe is worthy of much wider circulation. It is published with the permission of the author.—Nancy Spannaus) By Mark Fairchild Recently I visited the Museum of the […]

by January 23, 2019 Commentary
Illinois infrastructure needs as determined by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Resolution for a National Infrastructure Bank Introduced in Illinois

Jan. 22, 2019—The following resolution urging Congress to establish a National Infrastructure Bank was introduced into the Illinois state legislature in late December by Representative Mary Flowers (D-31). For a short video explaining how such a bank would work, click here. WHEREAS, The United States is in a deep infrastructure […]

by January 22, 2019 News Shorts
Video is available here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnCaBx9oxsc&feature=youtu.be

Video: The Fight for the National Infrastructure Bank 2019

  The full National Infrastructure Bank proposal can be found here.

by January 13, 2019 Infrastructure, News
National Infrastructure Bank vs PAYGO

National Infrastructure Bank vs PAYGO

By John Ascher   Jan. 6, 2018–A group of Progressive Democrats this past week challenged Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic establishment on one issue which counts: their decision to reassert the House version of PAYGO. (Pay-as-you-go.) They lost the challenge, but have raised an important debate. The Progressives were […]

by January 6, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News
Emergency measures during the Flint water crisis (dreamstime)

Infrastructure Emergency! Flint Water Crisis Flows into Newark and Detroit

By Angela Vullo Dec. 30, 2018–The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave the state of drinking water in the United States a D rating, detailing that 6 billion gallons of treated water is lost every day, and that more than $105 billion dollars […]

by December 31, 2018 Commentary, News
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
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

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
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