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Affluent Investor | June 29, 2017

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AboutRay Keating, Author at Affluent Investor

Ray Keating

Ray Keating

Raymond J. Keating is chief economist for a national small business organization; a weekly columnist with Long Island Business News; a former Newsday weekly columnist; and an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the Townsend School of Business at Dowling College. Author of numerous books, his latest business and policy books are “Chuck” vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV and Unleashing Small Business Through IP: Protecting Intellectual Property, Driving Entrepreneurship. Keating also is a novelist, penning a series of Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers. His articles have appeared in a wide range of additional periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, Los Angeles Daily News, The Boston Globe, National Review, The Washington Times, Investor’s Business Daily, New York Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal Bulletin, and Cincinnati Enquirer.

Posts By Ray Keating

May 23, 2017 |

U.S. Has Second Highest Corporate Income Tax Rate on the Planet

Damaging to Small Business Growth, Competitiveness and Investment

As the tax reform debate proceeds, it’s important to understand that the U.S. currently imposes one of the highest corporate income tax rates on the planet, and that rate affects small companies … Read More

May 11, 2017 |

Can France Break Out of Its Long Economic Slump?

France has been a slow-growth economy for, well, decades. Will anything change with Emmanuel Macron’s crushing National Front candidate Marine Le Pen in the May 7 presidential election?

Consider that the last time real annual economic growth in France topped … Read More

May 1, 2017 |

Kill the Death Tax, and In Return Kill the Muni Deduction

Who says politicians aren’t an innovative bunch? Just take a look at the federal budget, and one discovers considerable innovation in dreaming up ways to take and spend other people’s money.

Among the many destructive tax measures imagined and … Read More

April 21, 2017 |

What is Happening to America’s Entrepreneurial Culture?

Entrepreneurship long has been viewed as part of the American Dream, part of the DNA of Americans, and embedded in our culture. And U.S. entrepreneurship has been a key competitive advantage in the global economy.

But are things changing … Read More

April 17, 2017 |

Don’t Fear Immigration, It’s Good For the Economy

“Populism” is a mushy political term, and populists tend to be a scattered bunch. But as much as the “populist” label has been applied to varying interests over the decades, three factors seem to provide a common thread for populism, … Read More

February 3, 2017 |

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Hero and Regulator?

When it comes to government regulation, only one person in government ever earned my consideration for calling him a “hero.” During his administration, President Ronald Reagan oversaw the only stretch of time in the post-World-War-II era during which federal regulatory … Read More

January 17, 2017 |

Policy Solutions for Closing the Gaps in Our Economy

Summary: The eighth SBE Council “Gap Analysis” report highlights the policy changes needed to close the shortfalls in our economy – in areas such as economic growth, private investment, entrepreneurship, productivity, income, jobs and trade. The solutions are based on … Read More

January 13, 2017 |

New Study: Trade a Big Positive for Small Business

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) answered misinformed trade rhetoric by the leading presidential candidates in a rcent report titled “The Perils of Protectionism: Lost Opportunities for Small Businesses and the U.S. Economy.”

Raymond J. Keating, SBE Council … Read More

November 29, 2016 |

Does the Federal Reserve Really Matter?

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump occasionally took aim at Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. For example, Trump accused Yellen and the Fed of running “a false economy,” and being politically partisan, with low-interest-rate policies meant to boost both … Read More

November 24, 2016 |

Thanksgiving, Small Business, and Free Enterprise

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 … Read More

June 9, 2016 |

Powerless Monetary Policy… Thankfully

Ever since the credit and economic meltdown in late 2008, the Federal Reserve has assumed a much larger economic policy leadership role. Indeed, the Fed unleashed an expansive monetary policy that few, if any, could have previously imagined.

The … Read More

April 26, 2016 |

Trump’s Huge Recession

Way back in 1970, the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman wrote,

“I have been impressed time and again by the schizophrenic character of many businessmen. They are capable of being extremely farsighted and clearheaded in matters that are … Read More

August 9, 2013 |

11 Million Missing Jobs and Counting

President Obama and others that tout how far the U.S. economy has come since 2008-2009 miss the big point. We’re nowhere near where we should be after more than four years of a so-called recovery.

Are we in a better … Read More

July 29, 2013 |

As Opposed to So-Called Experts, the American People See the Failure of Keynes

When crisis was fully unleashed on the U.S. economy in 2008, the ideas of John Maynard Keynes were given a jolt of life. Massive government spending was going to “stimulate” and save the U.S. economy.

Despite the gross and … Read More

July 23, 2013 |

Beyond Corporate Profits: TV Talking Heads Miss Loss of Small Business Income

Among television talking heads on stations like CNBC and Fox Business, the health of business tends to be measured only by corporate profits. That’s understandable given that these venues focus on the performance of stocks and bonds being traded … Read More

July 19, 2013 |

Oil Prices Up: Media Should Look at Egypt, Bernanke and Obama

It can be very entertaining – though at the same time a bit bewildering and depressing – to observe the media trying to explain price changes in the market. And then there are the misguided policies from elected officials and … Read More

July 15, 2013 |

Twinkie’s Preservatives: Private Capital and Non-Union Workers

Twinkies – along with my personal favorite, Hostess CupCakes – make their return to store shelves today. Call it the new Twinkie-nomics.

What’s the key economics/business lesson to be taken away from the resurrection of these tasty snacks from the … Read More

July 12, 2013 |

Well Beyond a Lost Decade for the U.S. Economy… and Counting

Is the U.S. at risk of suffering a lost decade? In reality, we’re well past that point.

The lost-decade question has been put forth by a host of economists and analysts over the past few years, and regularly pops up … Read More

July 10, 2013 |

The Lurking Evil of Ben “The Shadow” Bernanke

What evil lurks at the heart of the U.S. economy? Ben “The Shadow” Bernanke knows.

Or does he?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has pushed the evils of uncertainty to previously unknown levels by casting a long, dark monetary … Read More

July 9, 2013 |

Shooting Down Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”

I love a good western. Though never a big fan of the old Lone Ranger, part of me was looking forward to the arrival of Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” at movie theaters during the long July Fourth weekend.

Perhaps … Read More

July 8, 2013 |

The Only Solution for Egypt is Economic Freedom

Hosni Mubarak was booted out two years ago. In 2012, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, won the presidential election. And now, after protestors took to the streets, Egypt’s military has pushed Morsi out in a coup.

The hope is … Read More

July 5, 2013 |

New Polling Data, Obama Losing on the Issues


When Obama Isn’t Running, Obama Loses

When Barack Obama is not actually running for office, Barack Obama does not do well with American voters. Or, at least his ideas and policies on economic matters generally don’t. That could matter looking at … Read More

July 3, 2013 |

ObamaCare Forcing Businesses to Close Up Shop, Hitting the Economy

This four-year economic recovery has been one of the worst on record, with real GDP growth averaging a mere 2.1 percent. Keep in mind that during a recovery, the U.S. economy should be expanding at better than 4 percent on … Read More

July 2, 2013 |

America Losing Its Entrepreneurial Edge? Increasing Dependency, Punishing Risk Taking

A key competitive advantage of the U.S. in the global economy is entrepreneurship. Since the birth of this nation, our entrepreneurial spirit has been deep in our cultural and economic DNA.

But are we losing that entrepreneurial edge? Unfortunately, reasons … Read More

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