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Alexander Hamilton at the Treasury

New Book Unravels Hamilton’s “Energetic Government”

Alexander Hamilton’s Public Administration Richard T. Green University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa 2019, 258 pp.   A Review by Nancy Spannaus Sept. 13, 2019—The title of Richard Green’s book Alexander Hamilton’s Public Administration, while accurate, by no means captures the critical content of this excellent book.  For, unlike many other […]

by September 13, 2019 Review
Vogtle nuclear plant 3 is currently going ahead in Georgia. But what about the current plants?

The Necessity for Nuclear Power

by Nancy Spannaus Sept. 7, 2019—Unfortunately, the illiteracy and irrational fear of nuclear power, with several key exceptions, was once again on display during the all-night CNN Climate Change debate on Sept. 4. Virtually all the candidates, pandering to an audience whose majority were anti-nuclear climate change advocates, either denounced […]

by September 7, 2019 News, Nuclear Power
An artist's conception of a maglev from D.C. to NYC. The trip would take one hour.

Will 2020 Bring Winds of Change?

By Angela Vullo Aug. 24, 2019–On Sunday night, August 18, MSNBC completed a four-part docuseries called “American Swamp,” which included a segment on infrastructure entitled “Bill to Nowhere.”  The segment detailed both the crisis condition of our national infrastructure and the gridlock in Washington which has failed to address this […]

by August 24, 2019 Commentary
The Kirkus review issued Aug. 8, 2019.

Kirkus: ‘A Thoughtful, Well-Written Argument for Hamilton’s Financial System’

“A thoughtful, well-written argument for Alexander Hamilton’s financial system as a guard against tyranny.” — Kirkus Reviews by Nancy Spannaus Aug. 8, 2019–The opening quote is the conclusion of the Kirkus review of Hamilton Versus Wall Street, which was released this evening, and is now posted on their website. Kirkus […]

by August 8, 2019 News
The lighthouse in Portland, Maine, completed under the Washington Administration.

Lighthouses: Our First Public Infrastructure Project

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 7, 2019—On August 7, 1789 Congress approved legislation for the first public infrastructure project in the just-born United States—our lighthouses! The legislation created the U.S. Light House Establishment, and it mandated that state lighthouses be turned over to the Federal government, which was charged with managing […]

by August 7, 2019 History, Infrastructure
JFK at his speech speaking at Rice University on the Apollo Mission in 1962.

JFK’s Moonshot: Pathway to Progress

  American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race By Douglas Brinkley HarperCollins, New York City, 2019, 528pp. A review by Nancy Spannaus Aug. 3, 2019–“Many Americans make the mistake of assuming that space research has no value here on earth. Nothing could be further from the truth.” […]

by August 3, 2019 History, Review
Base of the ITER Tokamak, delivered by India this month.

A New Focus on Fusion Energy

By Nancy Spannaus July 27, 2019—While we in the United States struggle to save our nuclear plants (Fortunately, Ohio legislators just saved two of them for a while), international attention is appropriately shifting toward the next crucial generation of power production, thermonuclear fusion energy. Fusion development represents the kind of […]

by July 28, 2019 News
The recent Amtrak derailment in Washington State--the result of infrastructure on the cheap.

Conditions Overripe for an Infrastructure Bank

By Nancy Spannaus July 24, 2019—Conditions are overripe, so to speak, for the adoption of a $4 trillion dollar National Infrastructure Bank, whose updated text I reprint below. Indeed, any delay will only worsen the consequences of an inevitable collapse of an aspect of our crumbling basic infrastructure, our bloated-to-bursting […]

by July 24, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News
From a poster at the Lincoln Cottage, the President's summer home in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln: What Makes a True American

By Bonnie James July 22, 2019–Abraham Lincoln gave the speech excerpted here, which came to be known as the “Electric Cord Speech,” as celebrations of the nation’s 82nd Independence Day were underway in 1858. Lincoln was then anticipating his Senate campaign against the “Little Giant,” Stephen A. Douglas. The famous […]

by July 22, 2019 Commentary, History
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon (NASA)

Apollo 11: For All Mankind

By Nancy Spannaus July 20, 2019–“Here men from the planet earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” This is the message of the plaque which Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left on the Moon 50 years ago […]

by July 20, 2019 Commentary