Post Tagged with: "General Welfare"

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Infrastructure
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
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