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New Book Features Hamilton’s “Financial Revolution”

New Book Features Hamilton’s “Financial Revolution”

By Nancy Spannaus March 16, 2018—Economic historian Richard Sylla of New York University presented his newly published book, Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt, on March 14 at a National Archives noon lecture. His thesis was a forceful argument that it was Hamilton who was uniquely responsible for the […]

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American production of pig iron and steel over the decade. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Steel Tariffs: What’s an American System Approach to Saving U.S. Industry?

By Nancy Spannaus March 8, 2018—President Trump’s announcement of his intent to impose 25% tariffs on U.S. steel imports, and 10% tariffs on aluminum imports, has stirred up an essential debate: What will it take to save the U.S. manufacturing sector? Is it even desirable for the government to exercise […]

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Bipartisan Hearing Debates Congressional War Powers

Bipartisan Hearing Debates Congressional War Powers

By Rochelle Ascher March 1, 2018—Among the major breaches of the American System tradition, as elaborated in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, has been the policy of permanent warfare that has accelerated disastrously since the death of President John F. Kennedy. Thus it is important that on […]

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Henry Clay

Has Chuck Schumer Opened the Door to the American System?

Jan. 31, 2018—In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on the eve of President Trump’s State of the Union address, Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer urged the President to propose “a substantial investment in our nation’s infrastructure.” Among the historical examples which he raised was none other than […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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UN Report on U.S. Poverty Shows Martin Luther King’s Dream Turned Nightmare

UN Report on U.S. Poverty Shows Martin Luther King’s Dream Turned Nightmare

by Angela Vullo January 7, 2018–Just as the U.S. Congress was preparing to vote on the controversial tax reform, UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston released a damning report on poverty in the United States, on December 15, 2017. Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, […]

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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 […]

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A victim of a 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 […]

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