It’s the economy, stupid.
We all know by now that when it comes to running for office during hard times, James Carville’s advice has become Rule No. 1 for developing a campaign message. This election season’s presidential campaigns are certainly following that rule by putting the economy front and center, and the same will be true in congressional and statewide campaigns next year.
But what about the rest of us who aren’t political strategists or politicians? What does the economy mean to those who aren’t running a political campaign, to average people who live and work in Minnesota?
MinnPost has enlisted economist Louis D. Johnston to answer that question in a new weekly feature we’re calling “Macro, Micro, Minnesota.”
Every Wednesday Louis will explore economic developments in the news, sort out what the developments mean for Minnesotans and help us better understand the sometimes puzzling world of economics in general.
We’re delighted to add such a talented economist to MinnPost’s regular contributors. Louis is associate professor and chair of the Department of Economics at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Collegeville, and he has researched and written extensively about Minnesota‘s economic history. He has also been a commentator and featured expert on economic issues for Minnesota Public Radio.
So take a look at Louis’ engaging first installment of “Macro, Micro, Minnesota.” His weekly feature will help all of us better understand the economic news swirling these days.
Roger Buoen is MinnPost co-managing editor.