Our economy is the cleanest dirty shirt in the laundry basket

US competitiveness, debt projections are legitimate good news

More soggy data have confirmed the poor jobs report for March, and so we’ve held on to the interest rate improvement set last week. However, some good news is on the way — legitimate good news, the kind that tends to hold rates down.

The National Federation of Independent Business’ survey of small business fell in March, breaking a three-month uptrend. But overall it was the same, going-nowhere pattern since 2009.