The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index is down sharply this month. Entrepreneurs have been an essential part of every past recovery. If they are not optimistic they are not going to hire more workers, buy inventory or increase spending.
The media and regressive Republicans seem to want Americans to believe that President Obama is proposing a tax increase on wealthy Americans. But Robert Reich disagrees, saying in fact under the plan everyone is treated exactly the same.
Several state governors say they are unlikely to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court. But by opting out, states will lose societal and budgetary benefits of fewer unplanned pregnancies by making publicly funded contraception more available.