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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
The use of deadly opioids is driving down U.S. life expectancy.

Opioid Emergency Demands FDR-Style Measures Now

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 8, 2017–“With approximately 142 Americans dying [from overdoses of either prescription opioids or street opioids] every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.” With that statement, President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis in its […]

by August 8, 2017 Features, Glass-Steagall
On the WPA: FDR Ridicules Opponents, Calls for ‘Boondoggling Our Way Out of the Depression’

On the WPA: FDR Ridicules Opponents, Calls for ‘Boondoggling Our Way Out of the Depression’

by Pam Lowry In the spring of 1935, it was obvious to President Roosevelt that more measures would have to be taken to put Americans back to work. The Civilian Conservation Corps was providing work and income for young men and for a large group of veterans, and the large-scale […]

by August 5, 2017 History
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
How the Army Corps of Engineers Helped to Build the American Nation

How the Army Corps of Engineers Helped to Build the American Nation

By Pam Lowry “We must get up early, for we have a large territory; we have to cut down the forests, dig canals, and make railroads all over the country.” (A West Point cadet to a foreign visitor, 1854.)   All the military guests at the glittering banquet in the […]

by July 16, 2017 History