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National Infrastructure Bank vs PAYGO

National Infrastructure Bank vs PAYGO

By John Ascher   Jan. 6, 2018–A group of Progressive Democrats this past week challenged Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic establishment on one issue which counts: their decision to reassert the House version of PAYGO. (Pay-as-you-go.) They lost the challenge, but have raised an important debate. The Progressives were […]

by January 6, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News
Emergency measures during the Flint water crisis (dreamstime)

Infrastructure Emergency! Flint Water Crisis Flows into Newark and Detroit

By Angela Vullo Dec. 30, 2018–The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave the state of drinking water in the United States a D rating, detailing that 6 billion gallons of treated water is lost every day, and that more than $105 billion dollars […]

by December 31, 2018 Commentary, News
Cross-section of NuScale small modular reactor (world nuclear news)

Nuclear Energy & the Environment: Bring on Small Modular Reactors

By Nancy Spannaus December 29, 2018—Surprise! The worst news for the environment last year was not President Trump’s energy deregulation, but the continued momentum toward shutdown of the fleet of U.S. nuclear reactors. Fortunately, there’s good news on the horizon. But, first, where we stand. Suicidal Shutdown Despite the actions […]

by December 29, 2018 Commentary, News
“Hamilton versus Wall Street” Is on the Way

“Hamilton versus Wall Street” Is on the Way

By Nancy Spannaus December 27, 2018—Today I submitted the manuscript of my upcoming book to the publisher – the first step in what will be a process of months before the book appears.  But I’m very enthusiastic about it. The book title is Hamilton versus Wall Street; subtitle The Core […]

by December 27, 2018 News
New Revelations on British Imperialism: $45 Trillion Looted from India!

New Revelations on British Imperialism: $45 Trillion Looted from India!

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 17, 2018—New revelations have come to the fore to dramatize one of the major arguments of this blog: namely, that free trade is nothing but a genocidal looting operation, as shown by the operations of the British Empire against India. In March of this year, Columbia […]

by December 17, 2018 Contact, History, News
The Portal Bridge, a key link on the Northeast rail corridor.

Updated National Infrastructure Bank Slideshow Now Available

Nov. 15, 2018–The slide show delivered by macro-economist Alphecca Muttardy on Nov. 13 in Washington,D.C. is now available here as a PDF. Although many of the slides are self-explanatory, you may find it useful to review them alongside our news report, which is available here. As the weekly disruptions of […]

by November 15, 2018 Infrastructure, News
The opening slide of the National Infrastructure Bank slide show.

D.C. Meeting Discusses National Infrastructure Bank

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 14, 2018—A group of approximately 25 citizen-leaders gathered in a Washington, D.C. library last night to discuss how to address the question of the nation’s collapsing infrastructure. The lively, almost-unstoppable discussion centered around a slide show presentation on a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB)  proposal, given by […]

by November 14, 2018 News
Total Factor Productivity by Decade. The collapse has not been reversed.

Productivity Is in the Basement: We Need a Real Recovery!

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 11, 2018—In its quarterly release Nov. 1, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) threw a wet blanket on those who have been claiming that this year’s job growth has led to a qualitative improvement in the U.S. economy. The BLS stated that productivity growth between […]

by November 11, 2018 Infrastructure, News
An anti-austerity demonstration in Italy in 2012.

Italian Government Prompts Showdown over EU Austerity Demands

By Andrew Spannaus Nov. 8, 2018–The Italian government of Giuseppe Conte, whose EU-critical policies are driven by the leaders of the two coalition partners, and Deputy Prime Ministers, Luigi Di Maio of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Matteo Salvini of the League, has decided to openly challenge EU budget […]

by November 9, 2018 Commentary, News
Rep. DeFazio in his campaign photo.

A New Opportunity for a National Infrastructure Agenda?

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 7, 2018—One thing is definitive about the results of the U.S. mid-term elections: Neither political party put a solution to the country’s economic and financial disaster on the national agenda.  That doesn’t mean that many of the new Democratic members of Congress don’t have a strong […]

by November 8, 2018 Infrastructure, News