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The Costs of ObamaCare Warrant Oversight through Special IG

By at 28 May, 2015, 2:28 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- More government involvement in health care via ObamaCare’s increased controls, regulations, outlays, subsidies and taxes was bound to not turn out well on a variety of fronts, including costs. A new analysis courtesy of HealthAffairs.org points to ObamaCare’s bloated administrative costs. As explained in the report, “Last year we, and many […]

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Manipulating and Abusing Spectrum Auctions

By at 14 May, 2015, 5:00 pm

The small business pretenders by Raymond J. Keating Government subsidies rarely, if ever, live up to the hype. The benefits wind up falling far short of intentions, and the costs get underestimated and/or ignored all together. That includes subsidies for small businesses. While a handful of small businesses might receive benefits, for example, nearly all […]

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A Healthy Job Market? Not So

By at 8 May, 2015, 3:12 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- On the morning of May 8, the Bureau of Labor Statistics served up its initial look at employment for the month of April. The establishment survey pointed to an increase of 223,000 in nonfarm payrolls. The household survey noted a 192,000 gain in jobs, and a decline in the unemployment rate […]

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4 Key Points About the Ugly GDP Report

By at 29 April, 2015, 11:43 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The under-performing U.S. recovery served up one of its worst quarters from January to March this year. There are 4 key points that must be noted from the Bureau of Economic Analysis’s first quarter GDP report that was released on April 29. 1. The Economy Barely Grew Real GDP barely inched […]

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Advancing Free Trade in the U.S. – Clear Upsides, Especially for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

By at 24 April, 2015, 1:16 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- As bipartisan trade legislation gains momentum in Congress, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) recently published a backgrounder titled The Future of U.S. Trade Policy. It’s handy publication that offers some good information regarding trade and the U.S. economy. A few points worth highlighting here: First, the CFR report provides a […]

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Bipartisanship on Trade

By at 22 April, 2015, 6:46 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- When talking about enhancing economic opportunity and growth, international trade must be a part of the discussion. Fortunately, in Congress, we’re seeing important bipartisan recognition of this fact with the introduction of The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (or TPA-2015). See SBE Council’s letter of support for […]

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States Moving in the Right Direction on Taxes

By at 20 April, 2015, 2:39 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Tax Day is behind us for 2015, but the burden of taxes is with us everyday of the year. Few understand this better than small business owners. And it’s not just federal taxes that are a burden, but also levies imposed at the state and local levels. Those taxes certainly affect […]

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Halfway Through the Budget Year: A Look at Federal Spending and its Impact

By at 10 April, 2015, 8:22 am

by Raymond J. Keating- There’s basically two ways of thinking about federal spending and the overall budget in terms of its effect on the economy. The first way is to think of federal spending and deficits as a way to get a poor economy moving. The private sector is not pushing economic growth forward, so […]

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March Jobs Report: Some Troubling Data Across the Board

By at 3 April, 2015, 11:12 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The jobs story for March, according to the latest Bureau of labor Statistics data released this morning, was uniformly bad. While one month’s data must be placed in context, in general, the first three months of 2015 have underwhelmed. As for the nonfarm payroll data from the establishment survey, employment grew […]

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Then, Now and Beyond on the Economy: Bush, Obama and Congress

By at 30 March, 2015, 9:53 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Hofstra University on Long Island hosted a wide-ranging conference on March 24-26 assessing the presidency of George W. Bush. Given the rather dramatic events of those years, there was a great deal to cover, including the terrorist attacks of September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the wider global war […]

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