Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

The Ohio State Capitol Building.

Ohio Legislators Urge National Infrastructure Bank

May 28, 2020—Several members of the Ohio State House of Representatives have joined the national movement in support of the establishment of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB). In doing so, they join members of 17 other state legislatures, many city and county councils, the National Congress of Black Women, the […]

A comparison of the size of SMRs with a traditional nuclear power plant. (Idaho labs)

Rosy Prospects for Nuclear Power?

(May 28, 2020–Progress on reviving the nuclear power industry in the United States is a vital step on the way to actually creating a productive economy that can eliminate poverty and bring prosperity to both our country and the world. It is with that in mind that I wrote the […]

by May 28, 2020 News, Nuclear Power
A modern metals plant.

Industrial Buildup, Not War on China

A Report on the May 21 Webinar sponsored by the Alliance for American Manufacturing By Nancy Spannaus May 23, 2020—The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAMFG), a group sponsored by the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and several steel manufacturers, did a public service by putting on a webinar devoted to […]

by May 23, 2020 Manufacturing, News
The Edenville Dam collapse.

Dam Collapses Should Be No Surprise

By Nancy Spannaus May 21, 2020—The collapse of the Edenville and Sanford dams in Michigan this week should come as no surprise. On the one hand, the Edenville Dam had already had its license revoked by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), for reasons including the total insufficiency of its […]

CWA workers take a break to pose for a picture.

Lessons from FDR: The Hopkins Example

By Nancy Spannaus May 20, 2020—Almost two months ago, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, which committed to spending half a trillion dollars for relief of states and municipalities. Yesterday, the two Administration officials responsible for allocating that money told the Senate Banking Committee that they were still planning […]

by May 20, 2020 History, News
The front of the Post Office Museum in Washington, D.C. (Nancy Spannaus)

A Postal Service Fit for a Republic

By Nancy Spannaus May 8, 2020—Over the front steps of the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. is engraved the following message: Carrier of News and Knowledge Instrument of Trade & Industry Promoter of Mutual Acquaintance Of peace and of good will among men and nations. Are you surprised? This […]

by May 8, 2020 History, News
A demonstration at the California capital May 2.

What Would George Washington Have Done?

By Nancy Spannaus May 2, 2020—The upsurge of public demonstrations against the public health measures being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 – and even denouncing them as “tyranny” — triggered this question in my mind: What would George Washington have done in the face of such resistance? General […]

by May 2, 2020 Commentary, News
American System founder Alexander Hamilton, a new statue at the Coast Guard Academy (Dianne Durante)

How the Founders Overcame Economic Collapse

By Nancy Spannaus April 22, 2020—An op-ed by two economists in the April 12 edition of the Dallas Morning News put forward a message of hope for navigating the current virus-sparked crisis in the United States. “The founders faced economic collapse after the American Revolution. We can learn from their […]

by April 23, 2020 Founders, News
The Freedman's Memorial in D.C.'s Lincoln Park.

Frederick Douglass Commemorates Lincoln

By Nancy Spannaus April 14, 2020—On April 14, 1876, the great orator and champion of ending slavery, Frederick Douglass, keynoted the dedication of the Freedman’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. On this anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, I am reprinting the full commemorative speech below. The Freedman’s Memorial , also called […]

by April 14, 2020 Commentary, History
FDR addresses the nation by radio.

FDR: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

In Memoriam By Nancy Spannaus April 12, 2020—It was 75 years ago today that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt departed this life. His relatively early death at the age of 63 meant that much of his vision for bringing the United States and the world into a new era of prosperity […]

by April 12, 2020 Commentary, History