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Ferguson Violence Hits Small Business

By at 26 November, 2014, 2:22 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- When economists talk about the rule of law being foundational to any economy, it is not just some vague, philosophical notion. Rather, it is a very real, tangible requirement. And we, unfortunately, are seeing in Ferguson, Missouri, what happens when the rule of law is seriously undermined. Business owners understand that […]


A New Opportunity for Pro-Growth Tax Reform

By at 18 November, 2014, 10:48 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The political wave that hit American politics this past Election Day must not go to waste when it comes to moving public policy in a different, productive direction. Perhaps the greatest opportunity to make a significant contribution to boosting our economy in the near term and over the long haul is […]


The Full Third Quarter Growth Story, and the Investment Shortfall

By at 31 October, 2014, 7:39 am

by Raymond J. Keating-  The topline story on U.S. real economic growth in the third quarter was a good one, based on data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on October 30. Annualized, seasonally adjusted real GDP grew by 3.5 percent in the third quarter. That came after 4.6 percent growth in the […]


GAO Report: The Benefits of Eliminating U.S. Restrictions on Crude Oil Exports  

By at 23 October, 2014, 6:30 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Back in the 1970s, Congress imposed restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports in response to the Arab oil embargo. One can certainly debate the wisdom, or lack thereof, of such a step, but given the energy revolution going on in the U.S. thanks to technological advancements – such as improvements in […]


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, […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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