Author: Marc Roston

What Happens is Vegas…

One of our recurring themes at American Rural identifies the disconnect between rural communities’ idealized self-image as independent, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and the reality that rural communities have intimate, direct links to our urban neighbors

Rural Residents Don’t Count…Themselves?

As COVID-19 continues to plague our nation, the Constitutionally mandated Census limps along. The Census matters to everyone. We use it to allocate resources. We use it to allocate political representation. Sure, statistical sampling would likely provide more accurate answers.But, the Supreme Court has ruled we cannot sample. The Census must actually count. (For more […]

The Stock Market Has Recovered…Who Cares?

As of the close of the equity markets today, the S&P500, a broad index of stock market performance, has recovered to pre-COVID-19 levels. This is great news for America, right? We only know about the details of household stock ownership from the Survey of Consumer Finances conducted by the Federal Reserve Board every three years. […]

Who CARES and Who Benefits?

The CARES Act, passed by Congress to provide “fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries” falls squarely in the category of wealth redistribution. Every single bill that needs to pass the Senate must, in a sense, pay off low population states. This essentially means […]

Racial Inequity Matters…Even In Montana

This has been a terrible week for America. We all mourn for George Floyd and every other person who has died at the hands of those charged with our protection. We are all shamed by bad actors amongst us. Our cities have transformed into battlegrounds as African American communities and their allies protest abusive policing.and […]

John Oliver Can’t Save The Post Office

Politicians are playing football with the Post Office. President Trump wants to kill it. Democrats seem to think the current system is sacrosanct. USPS is one of many government programs that transfers wealth from high density cities to low density rural and small towns. USPS has made these transfers for more than 100 years. Rural […]