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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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Challenges and Opportunities on Trade

By at 9 July, 2014, 2:52 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The importance of trade to the U.S. economy should not be underestimated. From 2000 to 2013, for example, the growth in real U.S. exports equaled 23 percent of the growth in real GDP, and the expansion in real total trade (i.e., exports plus imports) came in at 44 percent of real […]

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The Constitution Reigns in Key Cases at the Supreme Court

By at 30 June, 2014, 8:40 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- It happens far less than it obviously should, but in key decisions published by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June, freedom and the U.S. Constitution reigned, for the most part. This was good news for small businesses and workers. NLRB v. Noel Canning. In a Supreme Court usually […]

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The EPA’s War on Small Business

By at 4 June, 2014, 2:06 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- We’ve heard a lot about the Environmental Protection Agency’s “war on coal.” And that certainly has been and continues to be the case. But in the shadows of the EPA’s proposed regulatory dictates forcing a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from existing power plants from 2005 levels by 2030, it […]

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ObamaCare Ills are Mounting

By at 22 May, 2014, 7:36 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- During the debate over ObamaCare, President Obama and supporters made a lot of promises in their efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act. The big claims were that health care costs and spending would decline, and the government’s fiscal health would be improved. Consumers would be able to keep their insurance […]

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Mobile Technologies Add Billions in Time and Dollar Savings for Entrepreneurs

By at 22 May, 2014, 7:33 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Advancements and investments in mobile technologies have created significant benefits for small businesses. Some of those benefits include time savings, which were reported were reported in a new survey conducted by AT&T and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) released on May 14. Consider the following survey data on […]

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3 Housing Data Points in Perspective at the Close of Small Business Week

By at 16 May, 2014, 2:41 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The housing industry matters a great deal to the U.S. economy, and it is an industry overwhelmingly about small business. Consider that in the residential building construction industry, 97.8 percent of employer firms have fewer than 20 workers. That’s small business. So, as National Small Business Week comes to a close, […]

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Spectrum Auction or Political Set-Asides?

By at 9 May, 2014, 1:50 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Broadband services – both wireless and wireline – provide enormous benefits to U.S. entrepreneurs, small businesses and their workers in terms of opening up and expanding opportunities, for example, from extending market reach to gaining efficiencies. Therefore, investing and innovation when it comes to broadband infrastructure are of vital concern to […]

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GDP and the Weather

By at 7 May, 2014, 9:23 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The story we heard from many in the media was that first quarter GDP was going to be weak due to bad weather. As I’ve written many times in recent weeks, blaming bad economic outcomes on the weather is reminiscent of how the old Soviet Union tried to explain away poor […]

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President Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Accord

By at 25 April, 2014, 12:38 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- President Obama’s journey on trade has been a very slow move in the right direction, but problems with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade accord show that he still has a very long way to go. And quite frankly, one has to wonder if the President’s heart is really in it. Recall […]

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