Economics is not an exact science. The economy, and the way we carve up the economic pie, is a political and social process. It is not set in stone and can be improved.
The rural economy includes tourism, services, small manufacturing, forestry, government and many retired people.
Humans have engaged in economic activity for many thousands of years. Even hunting and gathering groups engaged in barter and trade.
Recently, a bill aimed at saving two paper mills, one in Wisconsin Rapids and one in Park Falls, was passed in the Assembly. Three Democrats joined Republicans in passing the bill, which now will advance to the Senate.
Housing costs and large scale acquisition of homes by multibillionaire asset manager groups such as Black Rock, as well as a gross miscalculation of the number of true homelessness — by half — paint a bleak future for working and low income people securing a safe abode or buying a home and building equity.
Climate change threatens water, food, security, health, and children. Fortunately, there are effective solutions.
While many of us think of metal coins and paper money when we think about currency, the earliest commodities of traded value were not minted or printed.
When I say that we can power our cities off of the garbage they produce, you might think that I am referring to the practice of burning garbage. That is not the sole focus of this article, but I feel like it is something that should be discussed.
As a nation we have dug ourselves into many holes. We may have thought we were digging foundations for progress, jobs, and economic growth.
If something is not bigger, more expensive, shinier, full of greater functionality and more expensive, it is just not new enough, not good enough. This is a flawed perspective.