The People's Stimulus Plan

  Government, Politics and the Economy The People's Stimulus It's not what Congress or the President had in mind, but towns are using $2 bills and "buy local" promotions to launch their own stimulus efforts to keep local merchants in business. CNNMoney.com Obama and the Entrepreneur: The Story Behind the Photo When President Obama made his way out of a town-hall event, there was one persistent small business owner pressed him on the issue of taxes. NYTimes.com [Read Full Article]


How Should Government Stimulate Small Business Innovation?

  Government, Politics and the Economy How Should Government Encourage Small Business Innovation? Within Congress, there are two visions of how the government should harness the power of small firms to innovate that need to be reconciled, visions that pit bootstrapped companies against venture-backed companies. NYTimes.com Consumer Sentiment Posts First Drop Since February Confidence among American consumers dropped in July, the first time in five months, as mounting unemployment and depressed wages battered households. Bloomberg.com [Read Full Article]


Is the Corner Pharmacy Down for the Count?

Government, Politics and the Economy Perhaps California is Not Too Big to Fail With the legislature in gridlock and $24 billion in red ink, California lawmakers have not been able to persuade the Obama Administration to bail out the state, and California isn't alone. BusinessWeek.com Economic Trends: The Death of the Independent Pharmacy With more customers filling their prescriptions online, the small independent pharmacies we grew up with are struggl... [Read Full Article]