Commentary

Alexander Hamilton, founder of the American System. Portrait, Painted by John Trumbull

Alexander Hamilton’s Genius Can Save Our Nation

(The following essay was written as a submission to a contest sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, in which contestants were to address how Hamilton had affected their lives. This essay came in second. I republish it because it will give you a sense of my orientation in running […]

by February 28, 2018 Commentary, Economists
Abraham Lincoln

A Good Speech on Abraham Lincoln’s Early Life

Up From Obscurity: The Influence of Lincoln’s Early Life on His Thought and Politics (The following speech was presented on Feb. 11, 2018 by Michael Lynch, director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.. The venue was a meeting of MOLLUS, the Military […]

by February 14, 2018 Commentary
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the American System

By Rochelle Ascher A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1 1809-1849 By Sidney Blumenthal Simon & Schuster, 2016, 576 pp Feb. 10, 2018–As someone who has made the study of Abraham Lincoln a major part of my adult life, I can say that this book is one […]

by February 10, 2018 Commentary
A Government Worth Fighting For

A Government Worth Fighting For

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 2, 2018–It’s headline news these days that dozens of incumbent Congressmen are retiring for what they say are the rewards of “private life.” What are we to make of this rush to the exits? There is no question but that things are insane and dysfunctional in […]

by February 2, 2018 Commentary
Bobby Kennedy campaigning for President in 1968

A Man for This Season: Robert F. Kennedy, From Conservative to Revolutionary

A Book Review Bobby Kennedy, A Raging Spirit Chris Matthews Simon & Schuster, 2017, 352 pp. by Angela Vullo Jan. 29, 2018—My purpose in this review, like that of author Matthews, is to address the question of Robert F. Kennedy’s true identity in American politics. I believe that Matthews, proceeding […]

by January 29, 2018 Commentary
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
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
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
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
Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania

Rendell Revives the Debate for a Capital Budget, as Trump Prepares to Release Infrastructure Plan

By John Ascher Dec. 9, 2017–According to a December 9, 2017 article in The Hill, President Trump will be soon releasing a 70-page memo detailing his long-awaited proposal for rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.  The release of the report, according to the article, will come after the ‘success’ of passing tax […]

by December 9, 2017 Commentary, Infrastructure, News