Commentary

The first Bank of the United States (Nancy Spannaus)

The Constitutionality of the National Bank

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 27, 2019—February 25 was the anniversary of a momentous event in American history—George Washington’s signing of the bill establishing the Bank of the United States.  This action was crucial to establishing a government-backed source of national credit and a uniform currency in the United States, and […]

by February 27, 2019 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank
Statue of George Washington at George Washington University.

The Washington-Hamilton Alliance

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 22, 2019—George Washington deserves to be celebrated in his own right, but I am going to devote this brief Washington’s Birthday post to the Washington-Hamilton alliance.  The two men shared a vision of developing this vast country into a strong continental republic, committed to the “blessings […]

by February 22, 2019 Commentary, History
Hamilton's grand industrial project at Passaic Falls, New Jersey was part of his broad economic vision. (Leonard A. Zax)

Hamilton’s Vision: “Perfect Harmony of All the Parts”

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 20, 2019—In his grand exposition of his vision for a future American industrial republic, the 1791 Report on Manufactures, our First Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton laid special stress on the fact that his economic policy was the essential grounding for national unity. Contrary to the accusation […]

by February 20, 2019 Commentary
A contemporary scene of poverty in Alabama.

Rep. Tom Jackson Speaks on the “State” of Alabama

By Angela Vullo Feb. 17, 2019–Approximately fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King made his pleas for economic justice, we are confronted with the fact that wealth inequality has turned the United States into one of the most extremely income-stratified nations in the world. In this context, it is instructive […]

by February 17, 2019 Commentary, News
Water fountains in Flint, Michigan schools.

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink!

By Angela Vullo Feb. 7, 2019–How is it possible that, with 71% of the earth’s surface covered with water, we have a shortage of fresh drinking water on the planet?  Might one of the reasons be that, in addition to criminal underdevelopment of the developing nations, some U.S. water infrastructure […]

by February 7, 2019 Commentary, News
During Eisenhower's presidency, the marginal tax-rate hit 91%.  Was he a socialist?

Is Taxing the Rich Really “un-American?”

By Edward Spannaus Feb. 3, 2019–In the current climate of attacks on any proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy – labelling such proposals as “radical,” “socialist” if not communistic, a slippery slope leading inevitably to Venezuela, and so forth – it would be difficult to overstate the appalling ignorance […]

by February 4, 2019 Commentary, News
Rep. John Larson

Fix Social Security with Credit for Infrastructure

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 1, 2019—Rep. John Larson’s Jan. 30 announcement that he is reintroducing his Social Security 2100 Act is good news.  Larson (D-Conn) was joined by Reps. Conor Lamb (D-Pa) and Jahana Hayes (D-Conn) at his press conference, where he declared that he already has 200 sponsors for […]

by February 1, 2019 Commentary, News
Leaders of the First Continental Congress, which vowed to stop the slave trade.

Guess Who Insisted on Slavery in Colonial America?

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 30, 2019—Abraham Lincoln was right when he declared that, at the time of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the Constitution, it was widely expected that slavery was on the wane, and would soon die out. That broad sentiment is actually a matter of […]

by January 31, 2019 Commentary, History
A demonstration on the eve of the LA Teachers' Strike

Beyond the Los Angeles Teachers’ Victory

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 27, 2019—On Jan. 22 one of the largest teachers’ unions in the country won a significant victory after a six-day strike. United Teachers Los Angeles won a six percent raise, and a number of improvements in school conditions, including commitments for smaller class sizes, more nurses, […]

by January 27, 2019 Commentary
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