Infrastructure

President Trump dumps “public-private partnership” model

President Trump dumps “public-private partnership” model

  Oct. 4–On September 26, President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of lawmakers that he was convinced that PPPs—public-private partnerships—were not the way to go in rebuilding the nation’s collapsed infrastructure. The devastation of the recent hurricanes has put the issue of infrastructure at the center of national concern. […]

by October 4, 2017 Infrastructure, News
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 Opportunity for an FDR Shift

The Opportunity for an FDR Shift

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 9—Those millions of Americans who voted in last fall’s presidential election for a shift from the Wall Street policies which have crushed them over the last 16 years, have every reason to believe they have been betrayed big time over the last eight months. The Democratic […]

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
ST-C30-2-62                             17 Aug 1962Trip to Western States, Pierre, South DakotaPlease Credit "Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, Boston"[scratches across negative horizonatally]

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
LBJ signs Medicare into law on July 30, 1965. (lbjlibrary)

The American System in Healthcare: The Path to Medicare

  By Nancy Spannaus July 20, 2017—The current stalemate on healthcare in the Congress provides a perfect opportunity to “get it right,” beginning with the approach represented in the legislation of “Medicare for all.” The United States is faced with a health care emergency, and action to deal with the […]

The Nation under Water: Yet Another Case against Privatization

The Nation under Water: Yet Another Case against Privatization

By Angela Vullo July 17, 2017–With federal and state budgets spiraling out of control, ever more desperate elected officials are totally befuddled as to how to pay for repairing and rebuilding the infrastructure which is collapsing all around them. The Trump administration has proposed privatization as the answer for fixing […]

by July 17, 2017 Infrastructure, News
West Point, New York 
Painting by Seth Eastmen, 1875 (wiki)

When the US Military Helped Build America

Military-Civilian Collaboration on Infrastructure Projects is an American Tradition by Pam Lowry From the earliest days of the young American Republic, the engineering capabilities of the military were viewed as crucial for developing the nation. The officers of the Continental Army, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Henry Knox, […]

by July 14, 2017 Infrastructure
The Fourth of July: Winning the Freedom to Build a Nation

The Fourth of July: Winning the Freedom to Build a Nation

July 2—With the bold act of defiance against the British Crown that was the Declaration of Independence, the United States of America was born in July 1776. That Declaration concludes: “We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of […]

by July 3, 2017 Infrastructure
The FDR Model: The “Golden Age” of Productivity

The FDR Model: The “Golden Age” of Productivity

By Nancy Spannaus June 26, 2017—Talk about the desperate need for an upgrade of the basic infrastructure of the U.S. economy is all the rage these days, from President Trump to the New York State officials staring a transportation disaster in the face. The unfortunate reality is that, despite the […]

by June 26, 2017 Infrastructure