Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

This Minneapolis birdge collapsed in 2007, highlighting the nation's infrastructure disaster.

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Where’s the Beef?

  by Nancy Spannaus Jan. 25, 2018—The Jan. 22 leak of an outline of President Trump’s national infrastructure plan, which he says he will announce at his Jan. 30 State of the Union address, has amped up the national discussion on infrastructure funding. On Jan. 24, the President told a […]

by January 26, 2018 Commentary, News

News Shorts: Jan. 9 – Jan 19, 2018

  Opioid Epidemic Investigator Tells Congress: We Need a Marshall Plan Jan. 21, 2018—Reporter Sam Quinones, author of the widely acclaimed book on the opioid epidemic Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic, was the sole witness at a Senate hearing Jan. 9. In a short opening statement, Quinones […]

by January 21, 2018 News Shorts
U.S. military contractor fixes a power pole in Puerto Rico (army.mil)

Congress Is Still Abdicating Its Responsibility for Disaster Aid

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2018—Every Congressman and Senator—not to mention top members of the Federal Administration–swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution when he or she took office. That means a commitment to defending the lives and liberty of the entire U.S. population: in sum, its general welfare. […]

by January 17, 2018 News
The recent Amtrak derailment in Washington State--the result of infrastructure on the cheap.

Demand for Major Infrastructure Program Grows, But How Will It Be Funded?

Jan. 12, 2018—As the 2018 Federal legislative session opens, demands for a major Federal infrastructure program are getting louder, and encompassing more sections of the population. From all sides of the political spectrum, organizations are calling for immediate action to repair and upgrade the nation’s transportation grid, water systems, airports, […]

by January 12, 2018 News
Hamilton's statue in the Capitol Rotunda

On Hamilton’s Birthday: Apply Hamilton’s Genius Today, and Save the U.S. Economy!

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 10, 2018—One test of an individual’s genius is the enduring quality and validity of his or her ideas, lasting from one generation to the next. A Leonardo, a Beethoven, an Einstein—to cite just a few examples—produced insights and beauty which have borne fruit, and inspired many […]

by January 10, 2018 Commentary
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Government Agency Warns of “Red”-hot Danger of Financial Crisis

Dec. 31, 2017—Not every government agency is hewing to the line that the U.S. financial system is secure and thriving. Among the dissidents is the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research (OFC), which produced its 2017 Financial Stability Report on December 5. The report has gotten little attention outside a […]

by December 31, 2017 News
Drug overdose

The Death of a Nation?

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 27, 2017–There was chilling news for Americans earlier this month, when the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics put out its latest report on life expectancy in the United States. For the second year in a row, life expectancy declined. A look at the details shows […]

by December 27, 2017 Commentary, News
Aerial view of hurricanes' devastation of Puerto Rico

Congress Postpones Disaster Relief Funding Indefinitely

By Nancy Spannaus December 23, 2017—One of the most egregious aspects of the recently passed stop-gap Federal spending bill is its treatment of those whose lives have been brought to ruin by the recent hurricanes and wildfires. After having increased the proposed new appropriation for additional disaster relief to Florida, […]

by December 23, 2017 Infrastructure, News
These pistols, used in the duel which killed Alexander Hamilton, are appropriately displayed right outside Jamie Dimon's office in New York. (New York Historical Society)

Leading Banker Crows: Tax Bill is a Massive New Bailout

Dec. 21, 2017—Alexander Hamilton would be turning over in his grave at the celebrations of the tax bill just passed by the U.S. Congress. The speculators just got a huge win—and the consequences for the physical economy will ultimately be disastrous. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon had no shame about […]

by December 21, 2017 News
The Bank of the United States, one of the aspects of the Federalist System Marshall fought to defend.

We Need a Hamiltonian National Bank!

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 12, 2017—Ask any professional economist, or Congressman for that matter, about why the United States is facing a hundreds of billions of dollars deficit in basic infrastructure, and he will tell you that we “don’t have the money.” But how could that be true? Trillions of […]

by December 12, 2017 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank