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Alexander Hamilton’s Second Lasting Contribution to the Union

Alexander Hamilton’s Second Lasting Contribution to the Union

July 11, 2017—As we commemorate the remarkable life and contributions of Alexander Hamilton on this anniversary of his duel with Aaron Burr 213 years ago, we would do well to remember one of his lesser-celebrated, but crucial contributions–his role in defeating Burr as a possible president of the United States […]

by July 11, 2017 Commentary, History
Young Abraham Lincoln Fights to Develop the Frontier

Young Abraham Lincoln Fights to Develop the Frontier

This Week in History, By Pam Lowry February 6 – 12, 1809 When Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in the wilds of Kentucky, Robert Fulton was applying for a patent on the steamboat which he had successfully launched on the Hudson River just a year and a […]

by July 7, 2017 History
State Budget Crises: The Latest Examples of a Collapsing Economy

State Budget Crises: The Latest Examples of a Collapsing Economy

By Angela Vullo July 6, 2017–Another nail was driven into the coffin of the myth of the so-called national economic recovery on June 30 when 11 states announced they would have a heck of a problem in balancing their budgets. State governments are mandated to have a balanced budget by […]

by July 7, 2017 Glass-Steagall, News
The Fed is Lying: Glass-Steagall Is a Necessity Now

The Fed is Lying: Glass-Steagall Is a Necessity Now

“I’m Shocked, Shocked to Find There’s Gambling Going On Here” —From the movie Casablanca“ July 4, 2017—The Federal Reserve put out the word on June 26, claiming that all the major banks in the United States had passed their “stress tests,” and thus demonstrated that they could weather a severe […]

by July 5, 2017 Glass-Steagall
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
Don’t Get Your History From Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton”!

Don’t Get Your History From Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton”!

Hamilton: The Revolution Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter Grand Central Publishing, 2016, 288 pages. By Nancy Spannaus It is quite possible, as great philosophers have pointed out, for a misguided or totally erroneous action to have positive consequences. So might be the case with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hit “Hamilton.” […]

by June 25, 2017 Commentary
Public Citizen Hosts Rep. Kaptur on Glass-Steagall

Public Citizen Hosts Rep. Kaptur on Glass-Steagall

June 21, 2017–Following the GOP’s stonewalling of discussion of Glass-Steagall over the past week, supporters of the Return to Prudent Banking Act (H.R. 790) in the House of Representatives have determined to take the fight to a broader level. Thus, on June 20, the lobbying group Public Citizen hosted the […]

by June 21, 2017 Glass-Steagall, News

Credit Union Leaders Issue an Alert on Glass-Steagall Debate

  June 20, 2017–Credit unions around the country are beginning to take notice of the Congressional debate on restoring Glass-Steagall. An article in the June 21st edition of the Credit Union Times by the CEOs of two credit unions issued a call for “credit unions, credit union leagues and our […]

by June 20, 2017 Glass-Steagall, News
“Congress Must Not Wait–The Chance to Restore Glass-Steagall Is Now”

“Congress Must Not Wait–The Chance to Restore Glass-Steagall Is Now”

June 16, 2017—Eighty-four years ago today, President Franklin Roosevelt capped off a marathon 100-day session of Congress with the signing of the Glass-Steagall Banking Bill. That bill, which was actively promoted by some powerful Wall Street bankers as well as the general public, was specifically aimed at providing for “the […]

by June 16, 2017 Glass-Steagall, News