Louis Johnston is a professor at College of Saint Benedicts and Saint John’s University and specializes in macroeconomics. He is a Policy Fellow at Growth & Justice who advises on economic issues. Take out your cell phone. Look at the keyboard. Did you know that it is the same keyboard we have used for over 150 years? Why is that? Why do we continue to utilize such old-fashioned technologies? Paul David, in “Clio and the ... Read More
Chuck Brown is a Minnesota writer and the retired manager of a manufacturing company who served 12 years on the Olivia City Council. He is a Growth & Justice Policy Fellow advising on rural issues. Health care has dominated American politics and policy debate for years now and will surely continue to do so for years to come. Policy advocates populate a wide spectrum, ranging from those wanting a government operated single-payer ... Read More
Political humorist Mark Shields has said that a week can be a lifetime in politics and three months can be an eternity. How true for Obamacare and MNSure… About two eternities (six months) ago, things were not looking good for the Affordable Care Act. The much decried audition of the www.healthcare.gov website emboldened opponents of the Affordable Care Act to declare victory, asserting that the website’s failure had sealed the fai... Read More
The roll-out of Healthcare.gov, the federal online marketplace to purchase insurance under Obamacare, has been beleaguered and ridiculed, to say the least. The media and talk-show hosts have had a field day, and of course the “botched roll out” has been the target of unrelenting criticism from Congressional Republicans. On November 14th, House Speaker John Boehner declared, “The only way to fully pr... Read More
The people who are dumping on MnSure and threatening to de-fund the Affordable Care Act really need to listen to us struggling Millennials. As a new intern for Growth & Justice, I am also a member of that “Millennial Generation” entering the workforce at a particularly trying time. For the first time ever nationally, student loan debt has hit the $1 trillion mark, meaning more students hold more student loan debt than ever befo... Read More
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