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West Point, New York 
Painting by Seth Eastmen, 1875 (wiki)

When the US Military Helped Build America

Military-Civilian Collaboration on Infrastructure Projects is an American Tradition by Pam Lowry From the earliest days of the young American Republic, the engineering capabilities of the military were viewed as crucial for developing the nation. The officers of the Continental Army, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Henry Knox, […]

by July 14, 2017 Infrastructure
This rise in mortality, documented by Brookings scholars in 2017, highlights the severity of the healthcare crisis.

American System Principles to Solve the Health Care Crisis

By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2017—As the U.S. Senate takes up the question of repealing Obamacare again this week, Americans can expect to be inundated with waves of facts, figures, and moralisms that will accelerate the conflict over this issue, but which provide no clear pathway to a solution to […]

by July 11, 2017 Medicare For All, News
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
Abraham Lincoln as a young man.

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