Economy Talk with Nan Madden / Minnesota Budget Project

Join me Wednesday August 24th at 6pm for a conversation with Nan Madden director of the Minnesota Budget Project  The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Non-profits that provides independent research, analysis, and advocacy on budget and tax issues, emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income persons and the organizations […]

August 23, 2011

Checking the Health of the Middle Class

MN2o20 published a commentary I wrote, here is the beginning and a link to it: Checking the Health of the Middle Class August 15, 2011 By David Bly, Guest Commentary Ask any public official or private manager these days and they’ll tell you, “The increasing cost of providing health care access is killing us.” It […]

August 15, 2011

The Death of the Middle Class

My friend Jonathan Larson has an interesting blog he calls “Real Economics.” I visit it frequently but found today’s entry on inequality, worth sharing. It includes a video report on how the middle class is at its worst position in 100 years.  You’ll find a link to the whole blog entry and video.   Friday, […]

August 5, 2011

Economy Talk: Steve and Joan Janusz

Steve and Joan Janusz, retired Northfielders have decided to make Health Care access and reform their cause.  With Health Care costs being the fasting growing part of almost any budget it is no wonder that it is something that needs all of our attention.  For Joan, a former County Nurse, it is access to health […]

August 2, 2011

The Opportunity Society

      I believe in a society where we all have the opportunity to reach our full potential.  We may not all reach it but we should strive to create a society where such a thing is possible.  This means excepting the reality that a democracy, that economic fairness and potential don’t happen by […]

August 2, 2011

Save Our Schools March on Washington

On July 30, 2011 while the nation was glued to Washington waiting for news about the ‘debt ceiling’ groups of educators, students and parents were in Washington demanding we save our public schools. With teachers and schools under attack a movement is emerging to strike back. Here is a website describing what happened at SOS […]

August 2, 2011

Kitchen Table Conversations: Looking Back to Move Forward

MN2020,a progressive think tank invited Kevin Dahle and myself on their ‘Kitchen Table Conversations’ segment to talk about education.  Here is the result: July 27, 2011 By Joe Sheeran & Tom Niemisto, Communications Staff “In a climate of high stakes testing, deep educational cuts and budget shifts, teachers are doing more with less. Some educators […]

July 27, 2011

The Sinking Middle Class and a Shrinking Economy

We’ve been hearing a fair amount these days about the decline of the middle class.  A subject I have been writing about for almost ten years.  Debate on the manufactured debt-ceiling crisis has magnified the problem as politicians seem to want to further punish the middle class to protect the super wealthy. Few at the […]

July 26, 2011

Wellstone’s Birthday

Yesterday was Wellstone’s birthday, it is not too late to remember. The Winning Progressive Website remembered this way: Happy Birthday Paul!    You might also listen to one of his last speeches on the Iraq war. Wellstone was a rare politician who put the interests of working people over the interests of corporate profits.  An advocate for […]

July 22, 2011
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