Dan Keating

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

Fake News in Education


Recently, Arianna Pickard of the Tulsa World wrote a front page story entitled, “Paycheck Problems.”  The article was based on two surveys conducted by Tulsa Public Schools to get a handle on why employers are resigning. One survey was conducted last summer of teachers who had left and the second survey was of current staff.  […]

Making Education More Affordable


On February 16, Richard Vedder, an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote an opinion article for the Wall Street Journal entitled, “How to  Beat the High Cost of Learning.” The article begins with the question, “How come a college degree is the one thing that never gets cheaper?”  Since 1980, the price of […]

Shriveling on the Vine


You may have read in the Journal Record that Oklahoma must continue to expand its industries beyond the traditional energy sector.  Diversify or shrivel on the vine.  These comments were attributed to Commerce Secretary Deby Snodgrass. The operative word is continue.  Ms. Snodgrass is not known for any recognized economic development skills.  Oklahoma has no […]

The Monopoly Must End


The phrase “No good deed goes unpunished” is attributed to Clare Boothe Luce, who was ambassador to Italy, a playwright and wife of Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Fortune and Sports Illustrated. It is a fitting testimonial to the efforts of our new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.  Ms. DeVos as Senator Lamar Alexander, […]

Working Through the Process


Peggy Noonan in her Wall Street Journal Saturday column wrote that President Trump has overloaded all circuits.  Everyone, left, right and center, feels the earth is unsteady under their feet.  Too much is happening.  At parties, dinners and gatherings, the decibel level hits the ceiling right away and stays there. Ms. Noonan also says last […]

Keeping His Word


We recall the immortal lines from the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”  Those who came to America’s shores did so legally.  Today there is no pretense of coming legally.  President Obama opened the borders to waves of illegals who came from places where American […]

The Excitement Is Just Beginning


Rachir Sharma wrote an article for the Sunday New York Times entitled, “Why Trump can’t make it 1981 again.” Mr. Sharma almost makes the opposite case when he says if Donald J. Trump’s victory wasn’t surprising enough, the economic reaction has been even more stunning. The stock market, which was expected to fall through the […]

News or Fake News?


It was again reported that state revenues missed the mark. Revenues in December were down 12 percent. It was the ninth time in 2016 that general revenue receipts “fell short of the target.” When added all together, Oklahoma faces a $900 million budget hole which will trigger automatic spending cuts. Individual income tax receipts and […]

Change Can’t Come Fast Enough


Although the U.S. economy continues to limp along, consumer confidence has hit its highest level since 2001. This index reflects newfound optimism after election of Donald Trump. Regardless of factory orders tumbling 2.4 percent in November when economists thought it would rise by 2.3 percent, consumer confidence index jumped to 113.7 from a revised 109.4 […]

Three Years of Decline


According to the Wall Street Journal, Illinois which forever stated it was the “Land of Lincoln,” is today the Land of Leaving. It seems that the home of Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton is not so friendly to the average citizen. Come on, there have to be places in the world where 700-plus murders per […]