Post Tagged with: "General Welfare"

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

While Celebrating MLK, Remember Ben Franklin

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2021—While much of the nation celebrates Martin Luther King. Jr. on this weekend, my mind also goes to another American fighter for the common good, Founder Benjamin Franklin. (1706-1790) Today is the 315th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. Franklin was the quintessential organizer of our […]

by January 17, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
Norris Dam, the first to be completed by the TVA

An American System Mindset for 2021

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 1, 2021—The transition to a new year is a traditional time for in-depth reflection on the state of our nation and ourselves, and this year, it is more urgent than ever. A huge portion of our citizenry, faced with the horrors of the pandemic, unemployment, opioid […]

by January 1, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
Depiction of the coronavirus (cdc.gov)

Hamilton’s American System vs. Coronavirus

by Nancy Spannaus March 2, 2020—As Alexander Hamilton knew well, parsimony—i.e., purchasing everything at the cheapest price, and only when absolutely necessary—is an unwise policy.  That practice doesn’t create wealth, and it certainly doesn’t provide for the health and prosperity of a nation. Shouldn’t our unpreparedness to even test adequately […]

by March 2, 2020 0 comments Commentary, News
FDR visits with farmers in North Dakota in the 1936 campaign.

FDR’s 100 Days Put the Constitution Into Action

By Nancy Spannaus The following discussion of FDR’s 100 Days was written in May of 2013, and has been slightly edited for republication. FDR’s New Deal moved to reverse more than 30 years of subversion of the American System of economics, and restore the principles enshrined in the Preamble of […]

by April 25, 2018 Comments are Disabled Commentary, History
Former VA Head Opposed Privatization

Former VA Head Opposed Privatization

March 31, 2018—President Trump’s firing of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin on March 28, is an ominous sign that proponents of privatizing the medical care system for veterans are gaining the upper hand. Should privatization occur, it would be a violation of principles which were part of the […]

by April 2, 2018 Comments are Disabled News Shorts
American System: Don’t Privatize Veterans’ Care

American System: Don’t Privatize Veterans’ Care

March 31, 2018—President Trump’s firing of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin on March 28, is an ominous sign that proponents of privatizing the medical care system for veterans are gaining the upper hand. Should privatization occur, it would be a violation of principles which were part of the […]

by March 31, 2018 1 comment News
National spheric torus experiment at Princeton, a  premier site for thermonuclear fusion research.

News Shorts, Feb. 19-25, 2018

  Trump Administration Budget Means Slashes in Crucial Investments for the Future Feb. 18, 2018—From the standpoint of the American System of Economics, the nation’s commitment to the frontiers of science is a crucial parameter indicating whether it is on the path to progress. For our purposes today, two of […]

by February 19, 2018 1 comment News Shorts
This Chart from the 1960 report of the US Geological Survey, produced for the Senate Select Committee, shows the top-down thinking characteristic of the Kennedy era concerning development. (screen shot from report; see footnote.)

Federal Capital Budgeting: Kennedy Era Water Projects and The Role of the General Welfare Principle Part II

  By John Ascher Sept. 19—Since the publication of Part One of this series, catastrophic events–and the challenge of an appropriate response– have intervened into our nation’s life with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This series does not purport to present comprehensive plans for  the infrastructure and great projects needed to […]

by September 19, 2017 Comments are Disabled Infrastructure
The Signing of the Constitution, an oil by Thomas Rossiter. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society

Our Constitutional Commitment to Economic Progress

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 16—The American Constitution, which celebrates its 230th anniversary Sept. 17, is under vicious assault today, but not just for the reasons most people think. Yes, the Bill of Rights is being violated wholesale, especially by the agencies allegedly set up to protect our security. Equally shredded […]

by September 16, 2017 Comments are Disabled Commentary
ST-C30-2-62                             17 Aug 1962Trip to Western States, Pierre, South DakotaPlease Credit "Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, Boston"[scratches across negative horizonatally]

Capital Budgeting:  A Two Part Series on Principles of Long-Term Investment

  August 17, 2017: On the 55th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Speech at the Oahe Dam, Pierre, South Dakota by John Ascher   New Orleans and Katrina, 2005; Minneapolis, 2007 and the I-35 Mississippi River Bridge Collapse; February 2017, Northern California, and the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway…. Tired […]

by August 15, 2017 Comments are Disabled Infrastructure