Keating’s CyberColumn

November 21st, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Americans usually mark the beginning of Thanksgiving – or a national day of thanks – to a three-day gathering between the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. It was Abraham Lincoln in 1863 who proclaimed an official Thanksgiving Day. As people across the nation settle in […]

November 18th, 2016 by

The Cost nightmare can end with smarter policies and reforms by Raymond J. Keating- President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. And according to President-elect Donald Trump’s key campaign promise, ObamaCare will not be around to see its seventh birthday. Make no mistake, the end […]

November 11th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. economy has performed poorly over the past decade – suffering through a long, deep recession and a sluggish, at best, recovery/expansion period – largely due to a hostile federal policy climate. That has included anti-growth tax policies, which, according to President-elect Trump’s agenda, should change markedly during his administration. […]

October 28th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its first estimate of third quarter GDP on October 28. It’s effectively the last look at the state of the overall economy before the November 8 presidential election. You know you’re stuck in a bad economy, when third quarter real growth of 2.9 percent […]

October 18th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve recently released its latest take on industrial production. In September, industrial production was effectively flat (growing at a mere 0.1 percent) versus August, and that was after a 0.5 percent decline in August output. As for manufacturing output, it inched ahead at a mere 0.2 percent, and this […]

September 28th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Private-sector investment within a free enterprise system is central to economic growth and development. Sluggish investment – for example, as noted in the recent SBE Council Gap analysis on a decade of lost private investment  – has been a key underlying reason why this economic recovery has been so poor. The […]

September 22nd, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Does anyone in a position of power in our nation’s capital have a clue as to how policy actually affects the economy? Contrary to economic common sense and what we’ve learned from history, President Obama continues to push more and more regulation, higher taxes, and a generally activist government. This […]

September 16th, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- While Taylor Swift advises “Shake It Off,” that’s simply not been the case in the industrial sector of our economy. Indeed, the hopes that the largely-ignored industrial recession – which took hold in late 2014 – was being shaken off were dashed on the morning of September 15 with the […]

September 8th, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- On September 7, the Federal Reserve released the latest edition of its Beige Book, that is, an anecdotal take on the economy published every other month based on interviews of business contacts, economists, market observers and so on. In our current economy, this publication is aptly named, that is, the […]

August 18th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- ObamaCare is turning into a mess from many perspectives. For example, it has raised taxes and health insurance costs via mandates and regulations, and the latest news that Aetna will pull out of most exchanges means “choice” will be vastly limited. State co-ops are failing miserably…and the list of woes goes […]

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