Dan Keating

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Dan Keating is co-chair of the Trump campaign in Oklahoma.

Where is the Trump credit?

    

You may have seen that consumer confidence climbed to a 17–year high in October.  The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 125.9 in October from an upwardly revised 120.6 in September.  That’s the best reading since December of 2000. “Confidence remains high among consumers, and their expectations suggest the economy will continue […]

Who Trusts Government Anymore?

    

I recently finished reading Mark Bowden’s exceptional book about the turning point of the Vietnam War entitled, Hue 1968. This is a meaningful book for me since the bulk of the U.S. response to recapture the city was fought by the Second Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.  The Tet Offensive and its battle at Hue raged […]

And You Want a Raise?

    

Maybe the Tulsa School Board should have waited a week before approving a new 3-year contract for Superintendent Deborah Gist at a base salary of $241,000 plus benefits and allowances. If they had waited, they could have seen and read the results of the state’s new student tests.  The 2017 test were aligned with more […]

Is There Any Good News?

    

It is really difficult these days to find good news, what with four hurricanes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, the North Korean problem and now the devastating wild fires in Northern California. In politics, it seems that more Republicans than Democrats are opposing the President’s agenda.  Karl Rove writes, “As if all this weren’t […]

Stop Beating Around the Bush

    

Governor Mary Fallin has called the Oklahoma Legislature back into special session to address the $215 million budget shortfall.  As Randy Krehbiel writes, “The mounting pressure on Republican legislators, especially in the House, is an indicator of just how much is at stake during the special session.” Governor Fallin says the state cannot continue on […]

Competition of Ideas

    

On September 26, repeal and replacement of Obamacare sputtered to an end as four GOP senators indicated they would not support the Graham-Cassidy Bill. For the last seven years, Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare yet when it came to making the change they couldn’t do it.  They choked and took a knee. The bill by […]

Punishing Hard Work

    

Heather MacDonald wrote a very good article for the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Higher Ed’s Latest Taboo is Bourgeois Norms.” The latest taboo it seems are those norms that built our country like hard work, self-discipline, marriage and respect for authority. Last month, two law professors published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer calling for […]

Where Is Inflation?

    

The Wall Street Journal reports that the world’s largest economies are chalking up stronger growth. But the puzzle is, where is inflation? The U.S. economy grew at an annualized 3 percent in the second quarter and many experts expect the growth to reach 4 percent in the fourth quarter.  Yet, consumer price inflation advanced only […]

It’s Right in Front of Your Nose

    

You may have seen the article about Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist taking time to again teach a third-grade class.  The plan was not only to get back to the classroom, but also to emphasize vacant teaching positions.  As the Tulsa World reported, the opportunity for Gist to teach likely wouldn’t have presented itself […]

Doing Better on Tests

    

The Life and Arts section of the Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article by Sue Shellenbarger entitled, “The Smarter Ways to Study.” The article begins by saying many students this fall will plunge into marathon study session that run late into the night.  Is rereading text books and highlighted notes the best way to […]