Happy Birthday, Alex Hamilton! Facebook probably didn’t alert you—he didn’t have an account—but today is the birthday of Alexander Hamilton. He was born on January 11, 1757.
Why does this matter? Well, Hamilton might have a lot to say about our current situation.
First, he was very much of an infrastructure guy. He wrote America’s first industrial policy, his famous "Report on Manufactures." He’d be a big proponent of a Green New Deal. He understood that building up the economy was primary, and globalism secondary.
Second, he was big on public banking. And third, he was a proponent of the virtue of public debt to finance stuff that the country needed.
In short, our kind of affirmative economic nationalist. And, as an immigrant himself, he’d surely have opposed The Great Wall of Trump as the wrong sort of infrastructure. And of all the founding fathers, he was the most fervently opposed to slavery. Not at all Trumpian. Take that, Steve Bannon.
Our kind of guy. All together now:
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
Spot in the Caribbean by providence,
Impoverished, in squalor
Grow up to be the man of the dollar
And feel the need for a Green New Deal?