CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • In yet another response to presidential campaign speechifying, Forbes has a piece arguing that “Services, Not Manufacturing, Make America Rich” and that we should all quit worrying about trying to boost it. One snippet: “Sure, burger flippers make less than auto workers, but nurses make more than electronic assembly workers. And nurses are the largest single job category in the country.”
  • At the same time, a columnist for Market Watch notes that U.S. manufacturing gets no respect and that American factory output has doubled over the past 30 years.
  • More locally, if you’re interested in numbers, the Daily Iowan has a piece documenting the fact that the state spends roughly twice its money on STEM initiatives as opposed to “arts programs.” The piece quotes state Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, as saying he thinks “we should let people know that the STEM fields are preferable to the humanities. If you look at where the job opportunities are and what I would call a return on the investment for personal education, the STEM fields have a much higher return on investment and provide a lot more opportunities for individuals who pursue those fields.”
  • Meanwhile, the Sioux City Journal notes that Friday will mark the 25th anniversary of riverboat gambling in Iowa.
  • And The Des Moines Register noted Friday that Iowa’s “long-envied unemployment rate” actually increased in February for the first time in seven years.

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