Keating’s CyberColumn

February 1st, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – Too often, elected officials respond to a terrible event or accident with proposed legislation that has little or nothing to do with what actually occurred. Such responses tend to be driven by the political impulse to “do something,” or even worse, to be viewed as opportunities to move another agenda, […]

January 30th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – I have long been amazed at the entrepreneurs, businesses, employees and investors who produce the energy upon which our economy is dependent. They not only push ahead with innovations, investments and production, but they have been doing so in a largely hostile policy climate for most of the past decade-and-a-half. […]

January 17th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – The resiliency of America’s private sector has been on full display over the past four years, with entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and workers leading our country and economy through a pandemic and its related government shutdowns, a brutal recession, and the battle back. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this has […]

December 5th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – Real economic growth for the U.S. registered an unimpressive 2.1 percent in the second quarter of this year. However, growth is not the same across the nation. It varies, and often considerably, from state to state. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis just released its estimates for state GDP for […]

November 30th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – Two reports related to the state of the economy were released on November 29. The latest GDP revision leaned positive, but the Fed’s Beige Book offered a rather bleak assessment on the economy. Real GDP Revisions While real GDP growth for the third quarter 2023 was revised up from 4.9 […]

November 6th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – No one should be surprised when the Biden administration stakes out policy ground that diverges greatly from the views and well-being of small businesses. That’s been the case on a wide array of issues, from taxes to regulations to intellectual property and more, and now we see it again regarding […]

October 24th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  Entrepreneurship is vital to U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and economic, income and employment growth. Given this reality, let’s try to put together what’s happening of late on the entrepreneurship front. To do so, we’re going to look at the latest numbers from three different sources. New Business Applications Up First, there […]

October 17th, 2023 by

Economic Insider Special Report by Raymond J. Keating – (As an optimist at heart, I don’t like writing pieces like this. But I’m also a realist, and the data is the data, and economics is economics, so here goes…) The federal budget has moved into territory previously unknown in U.S. history, and it raises grim […]

October 17th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  The activist stance by the Biden administration (along with assorted Members of Congress, as well as the previous Trump administration) on antitrust – through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and in particular the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under the leadership of Lina Khan (as well as via various proposed legislation) […]

June 22nd, 2023 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER by Raymond J. Keating – Myriad issues and factors affect entrepreneurship, specifically, the decision to become an entrepreneur. And that includes assorted aspects of a country’s culture, including what we might call “pop culture.” I was reminded of this when coming across an online article – titled “The TV You Watch When […]

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