Dr. William Dunkelberg, Chief Economist, National Federation of Independent Businesses

With just 15 days until the Fiscal Cliff — the cocktail of tax increases and budget cuts — is scheduled to hit, businesses are asking real questions about how to plan for the future. Nowhere is this uncertainty being felt more than among our nation’s small businesses. After hearing about them throughout the Presidential campaign, they’re back, this week in a very negative report from the National Federation of Independent Business. It’s well-known and closely-followed Small Business Optimism Index showed one of its lowest readings in history in November. And things may be getting worse. Dr. William Dunkelberg is Chief Economist for the NFIB. (Originally broadcast 12-16-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

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