Jeff Johnson

Economy Talk to take a break, here is a summary

Over the past several months I have brought you 30 conversations dealing with our current economic situation.  I invited guests from a variety of backgrounds to come and talk with me about how our economy works, how we ended up in a deep recession and how we might get out of it.  In addition I […]

Remembering my father: Hal Bly

Today my father’s birthday, (Nov. 30) would find him at 87 years old if he were still alive.  Unfortunately for me and for you too if you never met him, he died in 1968 at the age of 43.  It was a couple of weeks after Martin Luther King’s assassination and I remember we talked […]

Economy Talk with Rebekah Frumkin

This Wednesday my guest is Carleton College Senior, Rebekah Frumkin who has been active in the Occupy MN movement.  A movement echoing the concerns of Occupy Wall Street. We’ll talk about that and a play she wrote and produced called “Security” about the ENRON debaucle.  She describes being struck by a publication called, “ADBUSTERS” that […]

Economy Talk with Kris Jacobs and Kevin Ristau of JOBS NOW COALITION

Join me Nov. 9th at 6pm KYMN Radio 1080 AM for a conversation about the job situation in Minnesota with Kris Jacobs and Kevin Ristau of the Minnesota JOBS NOW Coalition. JOBS NOW Coalition is statewide research and policy coalition dedicated to promoting jobs that pay a family supporting wage—enough for a family to pay […]

Minnesota’s Energy Future

The other night I went up to see a forum on Minnesota’s Energy Future hosted by Think Again Minnesota.  The forum was Moderated by former Sen. John Doll who represented Bloomington and was Vice-Chair of the Senate Energy Committee.  The speakers were Ellen Anderson, Dean Abrahamson and Barbara Freese: Ellen Anderson – Chair, Public Utilities […]

Economy Talk with John Ralston Saul

My guest this Wed. Nov. 2nd at 6pm Canadian author and essayist John Ralston Saul has written a series of fascinating books on what means to be a citizen/individual.  I was so impressed by his The Unconscious Civilization that I e-mailed him to see if I could interview him.  I am pleased to report he was […]

Wages and Tax Cuts

David Cay Jonston has been doing outstanding work on explaining what has been happening in our economy for years.  He describes himself as a Republican but one who is extremely worried about the growing inequality in our society and the growing inability of our government to meet the needs of our people as a whole. […]

A Knee Jerk Liberal

My good friend Deborah (Arnie) Arneson sent me an e-mail link to a blog post reviewing one of her recent speeches I pass it on as a follow up to my recent post: Arnie was, in a word, heroic. She concluded by reading a small portion of a 1991 article written by James Michener. Michener […]

Sorting Out Our School Levy Referendum – Nov. 8

We’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about whether or not there is enough funding for our local schools and whether more funding will help the schools or not. Again you here that tired phrase, “We must live with in our means. We only have so much money.” It is true for some but not […]
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