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The Silly Attack on Tax Cuts in Kansas

By at 20 October, 2014, 4:16 am

by Raymond J. Keating-  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback ranks as a national leader in reducing state taxes, in particular, for reducing state income taxes with an eye towards eliminating his state’s personal income tax altogether. That, of course, makes him an enemy of the special interests and assorted Leftists who see anything that limits big, […]

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8 Reasons to Protest the Obama/UN Climate Change Agenda

By at 23 September, 2014, 10:06 am

by Raymond J. Keating- President Barack Obama seems to believe that the greatest threat facing the U.S., along with the rest of the world, is climate change. And he’ll be touting his anti-carbon-based energy agenda at the United Nations on September 23. Key leaders of other nations that rank as big producers of carbon dioxide, […]

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To Get Competitive, U.S. Has Much Work Ahead on Taxes and Regulations

By at 19 September, 2014, 1:02 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- When starting up, investing in and running a business, assorted costs, risks and uncertainties threaten to undermine the enterprise. Among those costs are governmental policies gone awry, including taxes and regulations. Two new studies drive home the huge challenge that entrepreneurs, businesses and investors face in the U.S. when it comes […]

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How Does the Public View Global Trade?

By at 18 September, 2014, 7:55 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Few economists doubt the benefits of expanding international trade. Since the days of classical economists like Adam Smith and David Ricardo in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the benefits of trade have been voiced quite clearly among economists, with only the most rare exceptions. To broadly sum up, eliminating […]

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Investment Across Borders: U.S. Challenges on Foreign Investment

By at 20 August, 2014, 10:50 am

by Raymond J. Keating- In our global economy, goods and services flow across borders and so does investment. Investors and businesses can seek opportunities around the globe to enhance efficiencies and boost returns. A report from the U.S. Treasury Department on August 15 generated some news regarding U.S. investment outflows. As noted in a Bloomberg […]

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Can Hawaii Make History in Both Politics and Policy?

By at 13 August, 2014, 7:36 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- In any state, it’s pretty rare to see a sitting governor get ousted by his own party in a primary. But that’s exactly what happened to Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat. In fact, when State Sen. David Ige defeated Abercrombie on August 9, history was made, as no governor in […]

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Vacation Time and the Entrepreneur

By at 5 August, 2014, 12:27 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Starting up and operating your own business requires a tremendous investment in time for most entrepreneurs.  Still, there is the need to occasionally get away from things, at least to some degree, in order to rest and re-energize. A new Gallup poll provides some interesting information on vacations for microbusiness owners, […]

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Key Points from Second Quarter GDP

By at 1 August, 2014, 8:09 am

by Raymond J. Keating- As widely expected, real GDP growth bounced back in the second quarter – to a rate of 4.0 percent compared to the revised decline of 2.1 percent in the first quarter. Wouldn’t it have been nice if we had experienced 4 percent growth throughout this recovery that started back in mid-2009? […]

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5 Quick Rules on Tax Reform for Entrepreneurs and Small Business

By at 28 July, 2014, 9:00 am

by Raymond J. Keating- There’s a great deal of political talk about tax reform these days. Whether this is mere posturing or a precursor to real legislative action is an open question, to say the least. But as the debate and discussion continues, tax reform advocates must not ignore entrepreneurs and small businesses. So, here […]

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Entrepreneurship, Immigration Reform and the Economy

By at 21 July, 2014, 9:21 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The debate over immigration reform often strays from sound economics, and gets lost in misguided politics and faulty economic thinking. Indeed, it’s important to stay focused on the actual economics of immigration, including that immigrants overwhelmingly come to the U.S. seeking greater economic opportunity; they largely complement, rather than replace, native-born […]

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