Actually, your response shows how far things have shifted. Not too long ago, the mantra from TV, schools, everything was "government owes you a job. Buisnesses exist to provide jobs, not profits."
Basic ecomonic education had gotten rid of this socialist bullshit in all but the hard-left base of the Democrat party.
The article IS badly written. Go google the underlying Cornell study. It's very interesting.
Basically, it's a shift to libertarianism, but incomplete.
Economics are there, but people still push social policy change through government --- due to some basic misunderstandings that tolerance and freedom-to-contract needs to permit freedom-to-refrain from contracting.
For example the next step is: you can get rid of laws about sodomy, but you should not legallly coerce people to do business with sodomites if they don't want to --- e.g., tolerance is a two-way street.