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Jonathan Small | November 11, 2016

Free Market Friday: The roster is set

Jonathan Small

Scouting is done, the draft is over, and the rosters are set. In sports, nobody at this point would think the season is over. And in politics, with the election behind us, this is right where we are.

Sure, it helps to have a great bench. But what matters for the Thunder is how players perform during the season. A player who thinks the ultimate measure of success is just making the team is confused about what matters most. Sometimes, this is what happens to politicians.

Making the team or winning an election is exciting. It takes a lot of work, skill, and perseverance – and often some luck. But all it does is put a person into a position where he or she can make a difference. Nothing really consequential happens until game day.

In Washington, D.C., and in half the states, including Oklahoma, Republicans will control the executive and legislative branches of government. Republican partisans might think they’ve won, but the real contest comes next. The new Congress meets in January. Oklahoma’s state legislative session begins Feb. 6.

Read the rest over on The Journal Record.

Jonathan Small President

Jonathan Small


Jonathan Small, C.P.A., serves as President and joined the staff in December of 2010. Previously, Jonathan served as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, as a fiscal policy analyst and research analyst for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as director of government affairs for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Small’s work includes co-authoring “Economics 101” with Dr. Arthur Laffer and Dr. Wayne Winegarden, and his policy expertise has been referenced by The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, National Review, the L.A. Times, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. A recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s prestigious Private Sector Member of the Year award, Small is nationally recognized for his work to promote free markets, limited government and innovative public policy reforms. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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