Articles by: americansystemnow

“Visigoths at the Gates”: Congressional Hearing Expose Magnitude of Opioid Crisis

“Visigoths at the Gates”: Congressional Hearing Expose Magnitude of Opioid Crisis

By Angela Vullo Oct. 20, 2107-On Wednesday October 11, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, held a marathon hearing at the Rayburn Building on the nation’s opioid crisis. The hearing was open to members of the committee and others to present 3 minute testimonies on […]

by October 20, 2017 News
The Ruins of Detroit, photographed by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

As Report on “Despair in Rural America” documents: Opioids Can’t Kill the Pain of 40 Years of Post-Industrial Economy

By Angela Vullo Oct. 6–According to two Ohio State University experts, “despair caused by the lack of jobs and hope is the greatest single factor in the growing opioid addiction crisis in rural Ohio.” Mark Partridge, SWANK Chair in Rural/Urban Policy and Mike Betz, Assistant Professor in the Department of […]

by October 6, 2017 News
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part III

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part three of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here for Part I, and here for Part II. 1930-1950: […]

by September 29, 2017 Commentary
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part II

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, Part II

By Stu Rosenblatt This is part two of a four-part review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War, an extremely useful book on the nation’s physical economy. Click here  for Part I. Technological Innovations and the Special Century […]

by September 21, 2017 Commentary
This Chart from the 1960 report of the US Geological Survey, produced for the Senate Select Committee, shows the top-down thinking characteristic of the Kennedy era concerning development. (screen shot from report; see footnote.)

Federal Capital Budgeting: Kennedy Era Water Projects and The Role of the General Welfare Principle Part II

  By John Ascher Sept. 19—Since the publication of Part One of this series, catastrophic events–and the challenge of an appropriate response– have intervened into our nation’s life with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This series does not purport to present comprehensive plans for  the infrastructure and great projects needed to […]

by September 19, 2017 Infrastructure
The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, 1870-1970

The American “Special Century” of Economic Progress, 1870-1970

  by Stu Rosenblatt Editor’s Note: The following is part one of a four-part review of a very useful book for those determined to return the American economy to productive growth. The full article will be available upon completion. The article has been edited by Bonnie James. The Rise and […]

by September 13, 2017 Commentary, Review
Elizabeth Warren

Time to Go to the Mattresses! A Review of Elizabeth Warren’s This Fight is Our Fight

This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class By Senator Elizabeth Warren, Henry Holt and Co., 2017, 321 pp. By Angela Vullo Aug. 29–In her newest book, This Fight is Our Fight, released in April of this year, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren tells her story of […]

by September 4, 2017 News
FDR Knew How To Respond To a Monster Storm

FDR Knew How To Respond To a Monster Storm

The following was written in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but the lessons apply today with the mega-disaster of Hurricane Harvey. by Stuart Rosenblatt   Among the more brilliant accomplishments of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the creation of a mobile workforce that could be […]

by August 29, 2017 History, Infrastructure, News
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Capital Budgeting:  A Two Part Series on Principles of Long-Term Investment

  August 17, 2017: On the 55th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Speech at the Oahe Dam, Pierre, South Dakota by John Ascher   New Orleans and Katrina, 2005; Minneapolis, 2007 and the I-35 Mississippi River Bridge Collapse; February 2017, Northern California, and the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway…. Tired […]

by August 15, 2017 Infrastructure
On the WPA: FDR Ridicules Opponents, Calls for ‘Boondoggling Our Way Out of the Depression’

On the WPA: FDR Ridicules Opponents, Calls for ‘Boondoggling Our Way Out of the Depression’

by Pam Lowry In the spring of 1935, it was obvious to President Roosevelt that more measures would have to be taken to put Americans back to work. The Civilian Conservation Corps was providing work and income for young men and for a large group of veterans, and the large-scale […]

by August 5, 2017 History