News

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
German Conference Features Warnings of Imminent Financial Crash

German Conference Features Warnings of Imminent Financial Crash

Aug. 23—Today marked the opening of the Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting on economics, a yearly event, where 18 former Nobel Laureates in economics (a rather compromised bunch, to be sure) are scheduled to meet with hundreds of young economists from around the world to discuss the current state of the […]

by August 23, 2017 News
Former Italian Economy Minister Tremonti Warns of Financial Crash

Former Italian Economy Minister Tremonti Warns of Financial Crash

Aug. 15, 2017–Former Italian Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti has issued a new warning of the danger of an imminent new financial crash. In an interview with Italy’s largest daily Corriere della Sera on Aug. 13, Tremonti noted that there was a false sense of calm. “The causes of the crisis […]

by August 15, 2017 News
Where the Big Six U.S. megabanks are spending their money: derivatives gambling.

FDIC Vice-Chair Blasts Wall St’s Failure to Invest in the Economy; The Next Step Should Be Glass-Steagall

“Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by an organized mob.”—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1935 or 1936 Aug. 8, 2017—Wall Street speculators have taken two verbal hits this week. That’s all fine and good, but what’s lacking is effective action to protect the U.S. banking system from an […]

by August 9, 2017 Glass-Steagall, News
Rep. Kaptur Holds Hearing to Document NAFTA Disaster

Rep. Kaptur Holds Hearing to Document NAFTA Disaster

Aug. 4, 2017—Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), the chief Congressional campaigner for the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall banking separation (H.R. 790, the Return to Prudent Banking Act), held a hearing in her district Aug. 3, to send a message to President Trump: NAFTA must be completely reworked, because its enactment has devastated […]

by August 4, 2017 News
Congressmen Sign Pledge to “Stand Up for Medicare”

Congressmen Sign Pledge to “Stand Up for Medicare”

Aug. 1, 2017—In the wake of the failure of the slash-and-burn Republican healthcare bill in the Senate, Congressmen John Conyers (D-Mich) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif) signed a public pledge on July 28 at a Washington, D.C. press conference , to press for H.R. 676, Conyers’ Medicare-for-All legislation. The two appeared […]

by August 2, 2017 Medicare For All, News
The Promise of Medicare-for-All

The Promise of Medicare-for-All

By Nancy Spannaus This article is part 3 in a series on the American System in health care. The context for the analysis here will become clearer upon your reading those articles as well. July 29, 2017—With the deserved defeat of the Republican offensive against health care, a serious debate […]

by July 29, 2017 Features, Medicare For All, News
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) addresses Summer for Progress rally for H.R. 676 on July 25, 2017.

Medicare-for-All Mobilization Picks Up Steam

July 26, 2017—As the Republicans seek to ram through their slash-and-burn alternative to Obamacare, a mobilization is currently underway, led by a number of groups spun out of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, to push through the only alternative on the table—Rep. John Conyers’ H.R. 676 single payer bill, also […]

by July 26, 2017 News
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