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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Chicago's Municipal Bonds Are "Junk"

(25 May 2015) Chicago's credit rating was reduced 2 notches, leaving municipal bonds at "junk" status. Government-employee pensions are so underfunded, the shortfall will be nearly 6 times the city's annual budget. The pension debt, quadruple what it was 10 years ago, is $60,000 per household. The Illinois Supreme Court said pensions are sacred, so defaulting is not an option. (Sources: Illinois Policy Institute, 12 May 2015 Moody's, 19 May Fox News)

Farm Yields Drop Without Fertilizer And Prices Increase

(25 June 2015) A production study of all 14,450 organic farms reported that organic corn, rice, spring wheat and lettuce yields were respectively 30, 41, 53 and 70% lower than respective conventional yields. (Source: 2008 Dept. of Agriculture)

Diversity (More Blacks) More Important Than Air Traffic Safety

(25 May 2015) National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) executive Shelton Snow (also an air traffic controller) sent a lengthy audio message to members of the NBCFAE who hoped to pass the personality test known as the "Biographical Questionnaire" that is required by the FAA. It instructed FAA job applicants how to cheat on the exam. "There is some valuable pieces of information that I have taken a screen shot of and I am going to send that to you via email ... as you progress through the stages refer to those images so you will know which icons you should select." (Source: 22 May 2015 FOX Business)

$100 Billion Was Spent On Food Assistance Last Year

(25 May 2015) The federal government has 18 food assistance programs administered by 3 agencies that benefit 109.9 million people (individuals who participate in more than 1 program are counted multiple times). Food Stamps (SNAP) were provided to 46 million at a cost of $74.6 billion. The school lunch program cost $11.3 billion ... the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) cost $7.1 billion ... nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico cost $1.9 billion. (Source: Government Accountability Office (GAO))

Cost Nearly Tripled Per Student, Employees Nearly Doubled ... Test Scores Remained The Same

(25 May 2015) The total cost (adjusted for inflation) per government-school student for a K-12 education graduating in a given year increased more than 180% from 1970 to 2010. The number of school employees increased more than 90%. The number of students increased less than 10%. Science test scores decreased slightly, and reading and math scores stayed the same. (Sources: Cato Institute, 21 Mar 2015 Townhall)

Amtrak Is Just Another Welfare Program

(22 May 2015) In 1970, the hybrid government-private National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) was created. Since then, Amtrak has received $45 billion from federal taxpayers. In 2012, 40 of the 44 routes lost money. This year, 74% of the $1.9 billion of costs will be paid by the taxpayers. (Sources: 1 Mar 2013 Brookings, 13 Nov 2013 Congressional Budget Office (CBO))

Hawaii Health Care Exchange Closing Due To Insufficient Enrollees

(22 May 2015) Hawaii is shutting down its struggling state-based health care exchange (Hawaii Health Connector (HHC)). It has 37,000 enrollees, far short of the roughly 70,000 needed to raise enough money to sustain it. In March, Obama Care told HHC the exchange was out of compliance because it was not financially self-sustainable. New enrollments were halted on May 15. HHC will transfer to a temporary system by Sept. 30 and enrollees will have to sign up in healthcare.gov for 2016. HHC, established by Obama Care, has received $204.3 million in federal grants to build and sustain the exchange it is closing. (Source: 9 May 2015 Honolulu Star)

Food Czar Michelle Obama Has A New Friend

(18 May 2015) Dairy Queen became politically correct and a hypocrite at the same time. It is going to delete soda from its kids’ menu. However, the kids’ vanilla ice cream cone has more calories (170, 150), more fat (4.5, 0 g), more sodium (75, 30 mg) and more cholesterol (15, 0 mg) than a kids’ Pepsi (Source: Dairy Queen).

Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Cost Percentage Increasing With Obama Care

(18 May 2015) In 1961, 43% of money spent on health care was out-of-pocket. By 2010, it had declined to 12%. With Obama Care, it rose to 14.8% in 2012 and to 15.2% in 2013. (Sources: 27 Mar 2012 George Mason Univ. Mercatus Center, Feb 2015 Health Care Cost Institute)

Taxpayers Buy Their Food, They Become Obese And Unhealthy, Taxpayers Provide Their Health Care

(18 May 2015) 30% of people who have too much income to qualify for food stamps (SNAP) are obese. 32% who are eligible but do not receive food stamps are obese. 40% who receive food stamps are obese … many of them receive Medicaid. (Sources: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for 2007-2010, Dept. of Agriculture (USDA))

NY, Chicago, LA Lose Residents … Houston, Dallas, Austin Gain

(10 May 2015) The 3 metro areas with the largest positive net migrations during 2010-2014 were Houston, Dallas and Austin (all more than 100,000). The 3 losing the most were New York (more than 500,000), Chicago (more than 200,000) and Los Angeles (more than 200,000). (Sources: Census Bureau, 26 Mar 2015 The Atlantic)

Social Security, Medicare And Federal Income Taxes Are 14% Of GDP

(10 May 2015) In fiscal 2014, individual federal income tax receipts were 8.1% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Social insurance taxes, which include Social Security and Medicare taxes collected from workers' wages, rose to 5.9% of GDP. (Sources: Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, 31 Mar 2015 Reuters)

Clinton's Only Democrat Opponent So Far Is A Socialist

(10 May 2015) Sanders first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1972. He was the candidate of the socialist Liberty Union Party and got just 2.2% of the votes. He has stated, "Yeah. I wouldn't deny it. Not for one second. I'm a democratic socialist." He had or has a photo of Eugene Debs, the Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1912, on his congressional wall. (Source: 5 Nov 2006 Washington Post)

Black Families

(9 May 2015) By the time they are 17 years old, only 17% of black children live with their married biological parents. In 2013, 72% of all births to black women occurred outside of marriage. In Baltimore, 69% of black children live without a father in the home. (Sources: Child Trends, 2011 Pew Research, 2012 Census Bureau)

Czar Obama Hates Oil, Not Just Coal

(9 May 2015) From fiscal 2010 to 2014, crude oil production increased 88.8% on non-federal lands, but decreased 10.2% on federal onshore and offshore leases. (Sources: 30 Mar 2015 Energy Information Administration, 3 Apr Congressional Research Service)

Insurance Company Destroyed By Obama Care

(9 May 2015) Before Obama Care, Assurant Health underwrote its customer's policies, which gave the company a competitive edge. Obama Care prohibited their underwriting. Assurant Health, founded in 1892, had a $64 million loss in 2014. During the first 3 months of 2015, the company reported operating losses of $80 to $90 million. The company will either be sold or closed.

Millions Of Birds And Bats Killed By Wind Turbines

(9 May 2015) In 2009, Exxon Mobil paid $600,000 for killing 85 birds in five states. In Nov. 2013, Duke Energy paid a $41 million fine for killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at 2 wind farms in Wyoming from 2009 to 2013. In Dec. 2013, Czar Obama finalized a regulation allowing wind electricity companies to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government. 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats were killed by wind turbines in 1 year. No solar facilities have been fined. Sources: (Wildlife Society Bulletin, 29 Apr 2015 Institute for Energy Research)

Czar Obama's State Health Care Exchanges In Financial Trouble

(9 May 2015) Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by 16 states and D.C. under Obama Care are struggling financially, in spite of receiving $4.99 billion in federal grants ($1.07 billion went to California). To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers (will increase premiums), sharing costs with other states and pressing state lawmakers for cash infusions (will increase taxes). In a poll, 42% said that the country is worse off because of Obama Care, and 33% said the health care situation was better since the law was passed. 26% said their family is worse off and 15% said they are better off under the law. 77% said it made their health insurance more expensive and 12% said it reduced their insurance costs. (Sources: Anderson Robbins Research, Shaw & Company Research, 1 May 2015 Washington Post)

Greece Is Paying Price For Socialist Policies

(9 May 2015) Greece's borrow-tax-spend policies are not working ... its 2-year bond yield is 28.76%. (Source: 21 Apr 2015 Investing.com)

$2.21 Billion In Net Losses From Energy Loan Programs

(2 May 2015) Taxpayers are on the hook for an estimated $2.21 billion in net losses from the federal government's energy loan guarantee programs, including $0.81 billion for loans that have already defaulted. (Source: 27 Apr 2015 Government Accountability Office)

Our Failed Education System

(2 May 2015) Among people 16 to 34 years old, only Spain and Italy of the 22 participating countries scored lower than the U.S. in literacy. In numeracy, the U.S. was tied for last with Spain and Italy. In problem solving, the U.S. ranked last with the Slovak Republic, Ireland and Poland. The top-scoring (90th percentile) in the U.S. scored higher than only one country’s (Spain’s) 90th percentile. (Sources: Educational Testing Service, Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies)

No One Employed In 1 Out Of Every 5 Families

(2 May 2015) In 2014, no one worked in 19.9% of families ("group of 2 or more persons residing together who are related by birth, marriage or adoption"). In single-parent families, 25.6% maintained by women and 17.0% maintained by men had no employed family member. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Extra-Crispy Birds Available At California Solar Site

(2 May 2015) Ivanpah, a solar electricity facility owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy in San Bernardino County, California, killed an estimated 3,504 birds in its first year of operation. 83 different species of dead birds were found. (Sources: H.T. Harvey & Associates, 23 Apr 2015 Desert Sun)

Does Higher Foreign-Born Population Decrease Average Income?

(2 May 2015) From 1945 to 1970, the foreign-born population decreased from 11.0 million to 9.7 million and the average income of the bottom 90% of tax filers increased from $18,418 to $33,621. From 1970 to 2013, the foreign-born population increased from 9.7 million to 41.3 million and the average income of the bottom 90% of tax filers decreased from $33,621 to $30,980. (Sources: Congressional Research Service, 23 Apr 2015 Breitbart)

Koch ... A Large Corporation That Opposes Corporate Welfare

(26 Apr 2015) Speaking about Republican presidential candidates, a Koch aide said, "If you can't stand up against corporate welfare, how are you going to go in with any credibility and [reform] some of the broader entitlement programs? Corporate welfare is a growing monster that we have to tackle." (Source: 21 Apr 2015 Daily Signal)

Natural Gas Electricity Least Expensive ... Thermal Solar Most Expensive

(26 Apr 2015) The estimated life-cycle costs (per kilowatt-hour) of electricity for new generation resources completed in 2019 were determined, including the building and operating costs during their assumed lives ... natural gas $66.30, onshore wind $80.30, coal $95.60, nuclear $96.10, photovoltaic solar $130.00, offshore wind $204.10 and thermal solar $243.10. (Source: 17 Apr 2014 Energy Information Administration (EIA))

Big-Brother LA City Council Defeated By Poor / Minority Food Choices

(26 Apr 2015) In 2007, South Los Angeles (largely poor and minority) residents were significantly more obese than those in the remainder of the city and the data showed a dramatic increase from a similar report a decade earlier. In 2008, the LA City Council voted unanimously to forbid the opening of any new single-building fast- food restaurants in the South LA section of the city. Since 2008, fast-food consumption and obesity rates in South LA have continued to outpace the rest of the city. Despite the ban, the number of fast-food restaurants increased by 10% ... locating in strip malls. (Sources: Rand Corp., 28 Mar 2015 Townhall)

The Senate And House Lied To Avoid Obama Care

(25 Apr 2015) Sen. Vitter pleaded with the Senate Small Business Committee, which he chairs, to subpoena the secret documents in which the House and Senate each claimed to be a "small business" with less than 50 employees in order to avoid going into the regular Obama Care exchanges ... the same Obama Care exchanges they forced on millions of other Americans. Now 13,700 House and Senate members, and their staffs have signed up as a small business under this false declaration. The committee voted against the subpoena by a vote of 5 to 14. 5 Republicans voted "yes" and all 9 Democrats voted "no". (Source: 23 Apr 2015 American Commitment)

Wind Got $30 Billion From The Federal Government For 4.4% Of Total Electricity

(25 Apr 2015) Over the past 35 years, wind energy, which supplied just 4.4% of U.S. electricity in 2014, has received $30 billion in federal subsidies and grants. In 2010, wind electricity received 42% of total federal subsidies while producing only 2% of the nation's total electricity. Solar got 8% of the subsidies and produced less than 1% of the electricity. As of 2010, 84% of total clean-energy grants awarded by the federal government went to foreign-owned wind companies. (Source: 11 Apr 2015 Newsweek)

Great Way To Reduce Food Stamp Recipients

(22 Apr 2015) Maine began enforcing new requirements that require non-disabled residents between 18 and 49 without children to work at least 20 hours per week, volunteer at least 24 hours per month or attend vocational training in order to receive food stamps (SNAP). Those who are caring for an incapacitated adult, are currently receiving substance abuse treatment, are in school at least half-time or are pregnant are exempt from meeting the new requirements. If they do not participate in 1 of the 3 requirements, their food stamps are limited to 3 months for a period of 3 years. The number of recipients decreased from 12,000 last year to 2,680 currently. (Sources: Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services, 26 Mar 2015 Conservative Tribune)

Seawater Desalination Is Expensive Process

(22 Apr 2015) The price of water the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) now gets from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is about $1,000 per acre-foot. The largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere is being built in Carlsbad, California. SDCWA has agreed to buy at least 48,000 acre-feet of water from the plant each year (7% of what SDCWA supplies to customers) at $2,014 to $2,257 per acre-foot, depending on how much it buys. (Sources: 28 Feb 2013, New York Times, Apr 2015 San Jose Mercury News)

National Public Debt Continues To Soar

(22 Apr 2015) During the 74 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $7.52 trillion to $18.15 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.22 trillion. During Bush's 95 full months, the debt increased $4.98 trillion at an annual rate of $0.63 trillion. Obama's rate is 1.94 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

$214 Billion More In Medicare Spending

(13 Apr 2015) A House-approved bill will increase Medicare payments to doctors by $214 billion dollars over 10 years, depleting the Medicare Trust Fund faster and increasing Medicare premiums. (Sources: Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 26 Mar 2015 Washington Times)

Food Stamps And Welfare For Farmers Will Set A Record This Year

(13 Apr 2015) Last year, there were a lot of self congratulations by Republicans and Democrats when Congress passed a 5-year farm and food stamp bill to reduce long-term spending by about $23 billion. The 2014 farm bill will prove to be the most expensive ever, largely due to the 2 new subsidies and the expanded crop insurance coverage. (Sources: Univ. of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, 17 Mar 2015 Fiscal Times)

Diet Soda Sales Drop The Most

(12 Apr 2015) Of the top 10 soda sales in 2014; Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Diet Mt. Dew and Coke Zero had the largest decreases ... 6.6, 5.2, 3.0 and 2.0%, respectively. (Source: 26 Mar 2015 Beverage-Digest)

19% Increase In Medicaid / CHIP Recipients

(12 Apr 2015) Through January 2015, 11.2 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP compared to before Obama Care's coverage expansion began, a 19% increase. In the states that expanded Medicaid, enrollment grew by 26% compared to 2013, while states that did not expand it saw an 8% increase. (Sources: Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, 20 Mar 2015 The Hill)

In 2014, The Federal Government Spent $25,585 Per Household

(12 Apr 2015) 26.3% for health care (Medicare, Medicaid and Obama Care), 24.3% for Social Security, 19% for other benefits (federal employee retirement & disability, unemployment and welfare programs), 17% for national defense and 7% for net interest. (Source: 17 Mar 2015 Daily Signal)

U.S. Taxpayers Subsidize Foreign Companies

(12 Apr 2015) Iberdola, a Spanish company, has received $2.2 billion in subsidies to operate wind turbines in the U.S., making it the largest recipient of federal corporate welfare. Energias de Portugal also operates wind turbines and has received $722 million. Abengoa, a Spanish solar company, has received $605 million. The 50 parent companies receiving the most federal grants and allocated tax credits include 10 that are foreign. (Source: 17 Mar 2015 Daily Caller)

Obama Care Enrollee Average Monthly Premium Increased 23% This Year

(17 Mar 2015) For 2015, the average monthly premium increased to $364 from $346 (5.2%). The average taxpayer subsidy decreased to $263 from $264. The average enrollee net monthly premium increased to $101 from $82 (23.2%). (Sources: 10 Mar 2015 Dept. Of Health & Human Services, 17 Mar National Center for Policy Analysis)

If You Like Your Health Insurance Plan, You Can Keep It ... Or Maybe Not

(17 Mar 2015) In Colorado, more than 340,000 have had their policies cancelled because of Obama Care. Now, the state insurance commissioner has confirmed another 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because their plans fail to comply with Obama Care. (Source: 14 Mar 2015 Washington Times)

Young People In U.S. Last In Math Scores Among Developed Nations

(17 Mar 2015) In a test given in 23 countries to people aged 16 to 65, scores for Americans 16 to 34 years were very low. Literacy scores were: Japan 305, average 282, U.S. 274 (only 3 countries were lower). Math scores were: Finland 295, average 276, U.S. 255 (lowest). (Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD))

$455 Billion In Medicare Cuts To Help Pay For Obama Care

(15 Mar 2015) Medicare spending will be cut $455 billion over the next 10 years to help fund Obama Care. Most of the Medicare cuts will be achieved by reducing fees paid to doctors and hospitals. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

USDA Has 15 Food Assistance Programs That Cost $109 Billion In FY 2013

(15 Mar 2015) The Dept. of Agriculture has 15 food assistance programs that cost $108.9 billion in fiscal 2013. The average participants were: food stamps (SNAP) 47.6 million; School Lunch 30.6 million; School Breakfast 13.1 million; and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 8.7 million. (Source: Feb 2014 Dept. of Agriculture)

Social Security Is A Terrible Retirement Plan

(15 Mar 2015) If my Social Security taxes had been placed in a private account and earned only 4.48% per year, the current monthly income would be equal to the monthly after-tax payment I receive. When I die, my heirs would receive $340,000. Instead, they will receive nothing from Social Security.

National Public Debt Continues To Soar

(8 Mar 2015) During the 73 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $7.52 trillion to $18.16 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.24 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $0.69 trillion. During Bush's 95 full months, the debt increased $4.98 trillion at an annual rate of $0.63 trillion. Obama's rate is 1.96 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

Czar Obama Wants Higher Costs To Transport Oil Rather Than XL Pipeline

(8 Mar 2015) Oil shipments by rail increased from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to 500,000 in 2014, driven by production in North Dakota and Montana, where pipeline limitations force 70% of the crude to move by rail. Ruptures and fires have prompted Czar Obama to consider requiring upgrades such as thicker tanks, shields to prevent tankers from crumpling, rollover protections and electronic brakes that could make cars stop simultaneously, rather than slam into each other. (Sources: Association of American Railroads, 6 Mar 2015 Fox News)

Amtrak Has Never Made A Profit

(8 Mar 2015) Amtrak started operating in 1971, receiving $40 million in federal taxpayer subsidies. Amtrak claimed it would reach the break-even point by 1974. Amtrak has never reached break-even in any year. Since 1981, Amtrak has been required to end its food / beverage service losses, but the law has not been enforced. From fiscal year 2006 through 2012, the food / beverage service lost $609 million. Amtrak sells hamburgers for $9.50 that cost $16.15. (Sources: Amtrak Inspector General, 26 Feb 2015 Daily Signal)

Less Than 1% Of Vehicles Sold Were All-Electrics Or Hybrids

(3 Mar 2015) In 2014, only 0.6% of the 12.5 million vehicles sold in Europe were all-electrics or hybrids. (Source: 3 Mar 2015 Associated Press)

Czar Obama Doesn't Just Hate Coal

(3 Mar 2015) Production of oil and natural gas on federal lands fell by 19% from 2009 to 2013. Production in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and California fell by 18%. Production from federal land was 33% of the county's entire output in 2009, but only 25% in 2013. (Source: 5 Feb 2015 Manhattan Institute for Policy Research)

Socialist France Has Highest Corporate Tax Rate ... U.S. Is Second

(3 Mar 2015) France (the executive branch is currently composed mostly of the French Socialist Party) imposes a 36% marginal effective corporate tax rate, the highest in the world. The authoritarian U.S. has the second highest rate at 35.3%. South Korea, Japan and Germany's corporate tax rates are 30.1, 29.3 and 24.2, respectively. The G-20 nations (19 large countries and the European Union (EU)) account for 85% of the world's economic output and has an average of 26.2%. When the average state levy is added, the U.S. corporate tax rate is 39.1%. (Sources: Tax Foundation, 27 Feb 2015 National Center for Policy Analysis)

College Grads Do Not Catch Up To High School Grads Until 40 Years Old

(3 Mar 2015) College graduates earn an average of $830,800 more over their lifetimes than high school graduates. However, high school graduates are earning income while many college students are borrowing money. Also, 260,000 with college or professional degrees were making no more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in 2013. On average, college graduates do not catch up to high school graduates until they are about 40 years old. (Sources: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Mississippi More Than Twice As Dependent On The Federal Government As Alaska

(22 Feb 2015) In fiscal 2012, Mississippi obtained 45.3% of its total state general revenues from the federal government ... Louisiana 44.0% ... Tennessee 41.0%. On the other end of the spectrum, Virginia 23.5% ... North Dakota 20.5% ... Alaska 20.0%. (Source: 8 Jan 2015 Tax Foundation)

National Public Debt Continues To Soar

(22 Feb 2015) During the 72 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $7.45 trillion to $18.08 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.24 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $0.79 trillion. During Bush's 95 full months, the debt increased $4.98 trillion at an annual rate of $0.63 trillion. Obama's rate is 1.97 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

Why Are They Getting Student Loans?

(21 Feb 2015) In 2012, 44% who had just completed a 4-year college degree ended up in jobs that didn't require their degree. Only 10 of the 30 occupations expected to produce the most jobs by 2022 require any formal education past high school. Only 5 require a bachelor's degree. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15 Jan 2015 Real Clear Education)

Increase In Immigrants Greater Than Increase In Jobs

(21 Feb 2015) 18 million legal and illegal immigrants arrived in the U.S. from 2000 to 2015. After subtracting deaths, departures and retirement, the working-age population of immigrants grew 12 million (equal to 3 years of American births) while only 9.3 million additional jobs were created. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Center for Immigration Studies, 10 Feb 2015 Daily Caller)

Earned Income Tax Credit Program Is Actually A Cash Welfare Program

(21 Feb 2015) A total of $64.1 billion in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) was claimed in 2012. Because the credits are refundable, EITC recipients need not owe taxes to receive the benefits. $56.2 billion was paid by the IRS in excess of the net taxes the recipients owed. Only $7.9 billion was used for tax reduction. $56.2 billion was actually a welfare program. (Source: 9 Feb 2015 CNS News)

Tax Revenues Are Never Enough For Politicians

(21 Feb 2015) During the first 4 months of fiscal 2015, federal tax revenues hit a record $1.05 trillion, up 8.7% from a year earlier. Spending was $1.24 trillion, up 8.3%. (Sources: 11 Feb 2015 U.S. Treasury, 11 Feb CNS News, 11 Feb Associated Press)

July 2012 CBO Enrollee Projections Of Obama Care Compared To Actuals Through Sept. 2014

(21 Feb 2015) Employer sponsored insurance (CBO -2 million, actual -4.9 million), individual market (+8 million, +5.8 million), Medicaid / CHIP (+6 million, +7.5 million), percentage of net gain due to Medicaid / CHIP (50%, 89%). ((Sources: Heritage Foundation, 12 Feb 2015 Daily Signal)

87% Of Obama Care Enrollees Get Subsidies ... $268 Per Month Average

(21 Feb 2015) 87% of federal exchange HealthCare.gov enrollees get subsidies from taxpayers ... 94% in Mississippi and 93% in Florida. The average subsidy is $268 a month. (Source: 9 Feb 2015 Dept. of Health and Human Services)

Nearly All Obama Care COOPs are Losing Money

(21 Feb 2015) 23 nonprofit insurance companies (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans) were created under Obama Care and received $2.5 billion from federal taxpayers. According to the lasted financial filings for 22 of them (Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey was not available), 21 reported loses. CoOportunity, serving Iowa and Nebraska, will be liquidated. (Source: 9 Feb 2015 Daily Signal)

Only 11% Of Employees Are Union Members

(7 Feb 2015) In 2014, only 11.1% of employees 16 and older were members of unions … 35.7% of government employees … 6.6% of private employees … North Carolina 1.9% of employees … New York 24.6% of employees. (Source: 23 Jan 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics)

On Second Thought, Germany Decides Solar Electricity Not So Great

(7 Feb 2015) Germany favored solar electricity by providing subsidies and priorities over other sources in supplying the power grid. As a result, new solar installations were 7.6 gigawatts (GW) in 2012. When the favoritism was reduced, new installations dropped to 3.3 GW in 2013 and 1.9 GW in 2014. (Sources: Bundesnetzagentur, 3 Feb 2015 Reuters)

E-85 22% More Expensive Than Gasoline

(7 Feb 2015) In Oct., the average price of regular gasoline (10% ethanol) was $3.34, while E-85 (85% ethanol) was $4.07 on an energy-equivalent basis. (Source: Dept. of Energy)

McDonald's Responds To France's $10.60 Minimum Wage With Touch-Screen Ordering

(7 Feb 2015) France's minimum wage is $10.60 an hour. Not surprisingly, every McDonald's has resorted to using touch-screen ordering rather than employees. (Source: 3 Feb 2015 Daily Signal)

Only Half Of West Virginia Working Or Looking For Work

(7 Feb 2015) In Nov., only 49.8% of the people in West Virginia were working or looking for work. The national participation rate is 62.7%. North Dakota has a rate of 69.5%. (Source: 14 Jan 2015 Market Watch)

All Net New Jobs Went To Immigrants

(5 Feb 2015) Since 2007, all net employment growth has gone to immigrants. There were 1.5 million fewer natives 16 and older working in November 2014 than were working in November 2007, but the number of immigrants working increased 2 million. Net employment was up half a million, but all growth went to immigrants. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Center for Immigration Studies)

Terrible Government Health Insurance Financed Almost Entirely By Taxpayers

(5 Feb 2015) More than 20% of residents are enrolled in Medicaid. The Dept. of Health and Human Services Office Of Inspector General conducted an audit of Medicaid. Appointments were attempted with a stratified random sample of 1,800 doctors listed as accepting patients through Medicaid managed care plans. Fewer than half of the attempts were successful. Doctors had retired, moved, left the group, stopped accepting Medicaid or weren’t taking new Medicaid patients. More than 25% of the appointments were more than 1 month away. 10% were more than 2 months away. (Source: 14 Jan 2015 The Hill)

1 Out Of Every 5 Households Receives Food Stamps

(2 Feb 2015) In Oct., 19.7% of households were on food stamps. (Source: 13 Jan CNS News)

Obama Care Primarily Expanding Medicaid

(2 Feb 2015) Approximately 60% of the newly insured through Obama Care were enrolled in Medicaid. Only 69% of physicians accept Medicaid patients and the patients wait an average of 42 days to see a doctor. (Source: Health Affairs, 14 Jan 2015 National Review)

1st U.S. Offshore Wind Project Has No Buyers Of Its Electricity

(28 Jan 2015) The $2.6 billion Cape Wind project, a private operation benefiting from millions in federal subsidies, would have wind turbines installed off the coast of Massachusetts' Cape Cod. 2 utility companies, NSTAR and National Grid, terminated their agreements to purchase 77.5% of the project's electricity when Cape Wind failed to secure financing and begin construction by Dec. 31. Cape Wind had also been unable to find a buyer for the other 22.5%. (Source: 23 Jan 2015 FOX News)

Michigan Has More Food Stamp Recipients Than Government K-12 Students

(28 Jan 2015) Michigan has 1.68 million food stamp (SNAP) recipients and 1.56 million public school students. (Sources: U.S. Agriculture Dept., Michigan Dept. of Education, 29 Dec 2014 Breitbart News)

I Am Sure Glad We Have The 1 Percenters

(8 Jan 2015) In 2012, 136.1 million federal personal income tax returns were filed with adjusted gross incomes (AGIs) of $9.04 trillion. Total taxes were $1.185 trillion. The 1% of returns with the highest AGIs reported 21.9% of the income and paid 38.1 % of the taxes. The bottom 90% paid only 29.8% of the taxes. The top 50% paid 96.7% of the taxes. The top 1% paid an effective income tax rate of 22.8% and the bottom 50% paid an effective rate of 3.28%. (Sources: IRS, 22 Dec 2014 Tax Foundation)

Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

(8 Jan 2015) In Nov. 2014, the federal direct student loan balance was $0.81 trillion. In Sept. 2014, the total federal and private student loan balance was $1.13 trillion. (Sources: Treasury Dept., Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Federal Bureaucrats Delay Oil, Natural Gas, Coal And Wind Projects For 6 Years

(1 Jan 2015) Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil, natural gas, coal and wind energy parcels in 7 states have been on hold since 2008 by the Bureau of Land Management because of sage grouse. The 6-yer delay is in spite of the sage grouse being neither endangered (there are 500,000) or protected. During this time, the national active federal oil / natural gas lease acreage has decreased more than 20% to 26.6 million acres. The regulatory effort related to the sage grouse includes overhauling 99 federal land-use plans. Since 2008, only 1 plan has been completed. (Source: 5 Dec 2014 Associated Press)

Immigrant Employees Increasing ... Employment Of Americans Born In U.S. Decreasing

(28 Dec 2014) The number of working legal and illegal immigrants has risen by 2 million, from 23.1 million in Nov. 2007 to 25.1 million in Nov. 2014. During the same time period, the number of working Americans born in the U.S. has decreased by 1.5 million. The working-age population grew 11 million. (Source: 19 Dec 2014 Center for Immigration Studies)

More Illegal Aliens Entered In 2014, But Fewer Were Deported

(28 Dec 2014) DHS is funded to deport 400,000 immigrants a year, but deported only 102,000 in fiscal 2014. Illegal immigration rose 16% in fiscal year 2014, while deportations fell 24%. (Source: 19 Dec 2014 Dept. of Homeland Security)

Social Security, Medicare And Medicaid Cost More Than $1.75 Trillion Per Year

(23 Dec 2014) In fiscal 2014, the federal government spent $845 billion on Social Security, $603 billion on Medicare and $305 on Medicaid. (Source: Heritage Foundation)

Companies Can Avoid Obama Care Fines By Hiring Illegal Aliens

(26 Nov 2014) For firms that do not offer insurance, the penalty is $3,000 for every employee receiving a subsidy on an Obama Care exchange. However, Czar Obama's executive order covering illegal aliens permits these companies to hire illegal aliens and not pay the $3,000 penalty. (Source: 26 Nov 2014 FOX News)

All By Itself, GM May Break Industry's Record For Recalls In 1 Year

(23 Nov 2014) So far this year, companies have issued recalls affecting more than 52 million vehicles. That shattered the full-year record of 30.8 million in 2004. Government Motors (GM) alone has issued recalls totaling more than 30 million vehicles this year. (Source: 4 Nov 2014 AP)

Obama Care Intentionally Written To Fool the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) And Voters

(23 Nov 2014) The following quotes were made by Jonathan Gruber at the University of Pennsylvania's 24th Annual Health Economics Conference on 17 Oct. 2013. A portion of his remarks while seated at a table with 2 men to his right were videotaped and posted on You Tube in Nov. 2014. He is a professor of economics at MIT and the director of the National Bureau of Economic Research Health Care Program. He has been described as an "architect" and "writer" of Obama Care, having worked with both Czar Obama and Congress. "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass. This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes ... the bill dies if CBO scored the mandate as taxes. It was written to do that. I wish ... we could all make it all transparent, but I would rather have this law than not."

Google And NRG Want Federal Grant To Pay Off Inefficient Solar Facility Federal Loan

(23 Nov 2014) In 2013, Czar Obama handed out $18.5 billion in renewable energy grants, with $4.4 billion going to solar projects. Ivanpah solar electricity plant (in California) is owned by Google and renewable energy company NRG. The project received a $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers. Now, owners want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan. From January through August, the plant produced only 25.4% of the power it's supposed to. An NRG spokesman blamed the weather, saying the sun didn't shine as predicted. NRG probably blames global warming for the lack of sunshine. The facility uses thousands of large mirrors on the ground to reflect concentrated beams at towers. The heat generates steam to turn turbines that create electricity. Flying birds mistake the mirrors as water. As they approach, the 800 degrees F solar beams roast them. A recent study called Ivanpah a "mega-trap" that will kill up to 28,000 birds a year. (Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, California Energy Commission, Center for Biological Diversity, 8 Nov. 2014 FOX News)

Michigan's Politicians Try To Stop Free-Market Innovation

(10 Nov 2014) The National Automobile Dealers Association, which represents almost 16,000 new-car dealers, is a crony-capitalist organization that inhibits competition. It supports a Michigan bill that prohibits automakers from selling a vehicle "directly to a retail customer other than through franchised dealers," with exceptions for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Tesla Motors, which operates showrooms but only takes orders over the Internet, would be blocked from selling its electric cars under legislation that awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature. (Source: 16 Oct 2014 Bloomberg)

Illinois Leads In Losing Private Jobs

(10 Nov 2014) Only 2 states lost private sector jobs during the first 7 months of 2014 ... Illinois 5900 and Alaska 5200. The states with the largest gains were Texas 254,100, California 162,700 and Florida 117,500. From January 2010 through July 2014, Illinois gained 240,000 jobs and 420,000 food stamp recipients. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16 Sept 2014 Townhall)

Head Start Is Nothing But Babysitting, Funded By Taxpayers

(10 Nov 2014) The Head Start Impact Study was a national assessment of Head Start students, following them through the third grade. The positive impact did not last past kindergarten. Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K program analyzed 3,000 preschool children. The statistically significant gains that preschool students made had diminished greatly by the end of kindergarten and had entirely disappeared by first grade. (Source: 15 Oct 2014 Cato Institute)

California Voters May Want Higher Health Care Costs

(3 Nov 2014) In the 1970s, California doctors were fed up with having to pay skyrocketing medical malpractice premiums ... some plaintiffs were winning pain and suffering awards of tens of millions of dollars. In response, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) capped pain and suffering awards at $250,000. Now, the trial lawyers have raised $2 million to support a ballot initiative (Proposition 46) to increase that cap to $1.1 million and allow the cap to increase with inflation. It is estimated that health care costs will increase by $9.9 billion annually in California. (Sources: California Medical Association, 30 Oct 2014 National Center for Policy Analysis)

Given A Choice, Drivers Don't Use E-85

(2 Nov 2014) Flex-fuel vehicles, designed to use either gasoline (10% ethanol) or E-85 (85% ethanol), use an average of 16 gallons per year of E-85. (Sources: Biotechnology Industry Organization, 30 Oct 2014 Washington Examiner)

882,943 Illegal Aliens Legally Required To Leave Are Still Here And Not In Custody

(2 Nov 2014) "ICE's weekly metrics report includes information on the number of aliens who have been issued a final order of removal, but who remain in the country. As of September 20, 2014, the total number of such aliens was 897,572. Of these, 1.6% (14,629) were in ICE custody. 174,258 of these post-final-order deportable aliens were convicted criminals. Only 4.3% (7,477) of the convicted criminal post-final-order aliens were detained in ICE custody." (Sources: 22 Sept 2014 Dept. of Homeland Security, October 2014 Center for Immigration Studies)

Employers Stop Providing Health Insurance Because Of Obama Care Premium Increases

(2 Nov 2014) Some employers are facing health care premium increases as they shift to plans that meet Obama Care requirements. Because the law doesn't penalize companies with fewer than 50 workers that don't offer coverage, WellPoint Inc. has lost about 300,000 people in its small-business-plan membership in 2014. (Source: 29 Oct 2014 Wall Street Journal)

Yes, There Is Voter Fraud

(2 Nov 2014) Thousands of people in Frederick County, Virginia who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty or they cast illegal votes ... both are crimes. Non-citizens are prohibited from voting in all state and federal elections. Also, 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland. Maryland issues drivers licenses to legal and illegal aliens. Drivers' licenses in turn make it easier under the Motor Voter law to register to vote. (Sources: Virginia Voters Alliance, 29 Oct 2014 PJ Media)

Health Insurance Premium Increases Of 22.7 To 78.2%

(29 Oct 2014) Dept. of Health and Human Services insurance company records for people 23, 30 and 63 years old who did not smoke, did not have a spouse or children and lived in the 2 largest metropolitan areas of each state were analyzed. Average premiums for 2014 increased 78.2%, 73.4% and 22.7%, respectively, for men; and 44.9%, 35.1% and 37.5% for women. These increases did not reflect taxpayer subsidies offered to those earning less than 400% of the federal poverty limit. (Sources: Health Pocket, 28 Oct 2014Washington Times)

214,000 Doctors Say No To Obama Care Plans

(29 Oct 2014) On average, Medicare pays doctors 20% less than plans in the private market and Obama Care exchange plans pay 40% less. Obama Care requires insurers who sell plans on the exchanges to keep coverage active for 90 days after a customer has stopped paying premiums. As of May 2014, over 214,000 doctors wouldn't participate in Obama Care plans. (Sources: American Action Forum, 27 Oct 2014 Daily Caller)

71% Of Increase In Individuals With Health Insurance Was Due To Medicaid

(29 Oct 2014) In the first 6 months of this year, enrollment in individual-market health care plans (both on and off the exchanges) increased by 6,254,564 and enrollment in private employer-sponsored group plans declined by 3,788,978 individuals ... a net increase of 2,465,586. At the same time, Medicaid enrollment increased by 5,716,977 in the states that implemented Obama Care Medicaid expansion and by 355,674 in the states that did not implement Obama Care Medicaid expansion. Medicaid recipients pay virtually nothing for their medical treatment ... taxpayers do. (Source: 22 Oct. 2014 Daily Signal)

Illegal Aliens Follow Czar Obama's Lead ... Ignore The Law

(16 Oct 2014) Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed that about 70% of illegal alien families released in the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments. Also, final deportation had been ordered for at least 860 people traveling in families caught at the border since May, but only 14 reported as ordered. (Source: 25 Sept 2014 AP)

Unemployed Not Even Looking For Full-Time Jobs

(16 Oct 2014) More than 20% laid off in the past 5 years are still unemployed and 25% who found work have a temporary job. During the summer, only 26% sought full-time jobs. (Sources: Rutgers University Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, 22 Sept 2014 USA TODAY

Czar Obama Told Us Premiums Would Drop

(16 Oct 2014) Iowa's state insurance commissioner approved Wellmark's premium hikes between 11.9% and 14.5%, affecting 19,000 individual policyholders who have Obama Care compliant plans. CoOportunity, one of the main companies offering insurance on the Obama Care exchange, will increase its rates 19%. (Sources: 8 Oct 2014 Des Moines Register, 9 Oct Breitbart)

D.C.'s Students [Black With Low Income Parent(s)] Not Proficient In Reading And Math

(16 Oct 2014) D.C. has the highest percentage of black (76%) and low-income (78%) students. Only 10% of students are proficient in reading and math ... the lowest percentage in the nation. Students' chances for college attendance by age 19 are the lowest in the nation. Out of 9 indicators of educational achievement, D.C. received five F's one D+, one C+, and two A's. (Sources: Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on K-12 Educational Effectiveness, 19 Sept 2014 CNS News)

Taxpayers Fund Schools For Unaccompanied Illegal Alien Children

(23 Sept 2014) Unaccompanied illegal alien children have been relocated to every state, stressing local education budgets. The biggest cost is $147.7 million in New York this school year. Louisiana is among the 10 states that have received the most illegal alien children. The state will pay $25.8 million this year, including Jefferson Parish School System's $4.6 million. (Sources: Louisiana Dept. of Education, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Washington Free Beacon, 20 Sept 2014 Townhall)

Illegal Aliens Here Average Of 12.7 Years

(21 Sept 2014) The average time an illegal alien has been living in the U.S. is 12.7 years. More than 60% have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years, up from 35% in 2000. (Sources: Pew Research Center, 17 Sept 2014 Daily Signal)

Minnesota's Largest Obama Care Insurer Of Individuals Is Dropping Out

(21 Sept 2014) PreferredOne Health Insurance, the largest on Minnesota's Obama Care exchange (59% of individual MNsure sign-ups) is dropping out in 2015 because the government health exchange is unsustainable. The company is losing money on administrative costs for plans offered on the bureaucratic government exchange. PreferredOne had lower rates than any other insurer on the exchange. When their plans disappear, customers will see a significant rate hike if they choose to continue on the Obama Care exchange. (Source: 16 Sept 2014 Daily Caller)

Obama Care Subsidies To Individuals And Medicaid Will Cost $707 Billion Per Year

(21 Sept 2014) The cost of Obama Care subsidies that taxpayers will pay for policies purchased on government insurance exchanges for people who earn under 400% of the federal poverty level will be $17 billion this year and $137 billion in 2024. In addition, Obama Care expands Medicaid rolls by providing subsidies to states that make people earning up to 133% of the poverty income level eligible for the program. People signing up for insurance on the government exchange with income below that level must enroll in Medicaid. In 2013, prior to the exchange, the federal government spent $265 billion on Medicaid. In 2024, Medicaid spending will be $570 billion. (Sources: Congressional Budget Office, 15 Sept 2014 CNS News)

After Spending $22 Trillion, Poverty Rate Same As In 1967

(21 Sept 2014) The poverty rate was decreasing when Lyndon Johnson launched the "war on poverty" in 1964. Since its beginning, $22 trillion have been spent (in constant 2012 dollars). Johnson asserted that the War on Poverty would actually shrink the welfare rolls and transform the poor from "taxeaters" into "taxpayers". The poverty rate was 14% in 1967, the same as in 2012. The federal government currently runs more than 80 welfare programs for low income people. Federal and state spending on these programs was $0.94 trillion in 2013. (Source: 16 Sept 2014 Daily Signal)

Taxpayers Pay Record 46% Of Health Care Costs

(16 Sept 2014) Federal, state and local governments will spend a total of $1.4 trillion on health care this year ... a record 46% of the nation's total health care cost. Consumers' out-of-pocket expenses will be only 11%. Medicaid spending will increase 18.4% this year, largely due to 28 states' expansions of their Medicaid programs under Obama Care. The less consumers have to pay for the cost of health care, the more services they will request. (Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 5 Sept 2014 Investor's Business Daily)

Daily Teenage Marijuana Use Significantly Reduces Graduation Rates

(15 Sept 2014) 3725 teenagers in Australia and New Zealand were studied until the age of 30. Controlling for 53 potential confounding factors including age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, use of drugs other than marijuana and mental illness was part of the study. Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are over 60% less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They are also 60% less likely to graduate college and 7 times more likely to attempt suicide. (Sources: The Lancet Psychiatry, 9 Sept Washington Post)

If They Are So Smart, Why Are They Unemployed / Underemployed?

(15 Sept 2014) In the 1st half of the 1960s, 15% of U.S. college grades were A's. Now, 43% of college grades are A's. 53% of college grads under 25 are unemployed or underemployed.(Sources: Aug 2014 Texas Public Policy Foundation, 3 Sept Portland Press Herald)

More Single Adults Than Married

(15 Sept 2014) Single Americans make up more than half of the adult (16 and older) population for the 1st time (July) since the government began compiling such statistics in 1976. In 1976, 37.4% of adults were unmarried. In Aug., 50.2% were single. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8Sept 2014 Bloomberg)

California Is Land Of Illegal Aliens And Welfare Recipients

(10 Sept 2014) California has 12% of the U.S. population, but more than 30% of the U.S welfare recipients live there. Half of the state's illegal aliens have been there for at least 10 years. Of the 4.4 million immigrants living in the greater Los Angeles region, 1.1 million are illegal. Illegal aliens make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce. (Source: 19 Aug 2014 Forbes, 3 Sept LA Times)

Solar Plant Causes Birds To Burn In Flight

(10 Sept 2014) Employees at a BrightSource Energy solar plant in California's Ivanpah Dry Lake have a name for birds that fly through the concentrated reflected sun rays and leave a plume of smoke as they ignite in midair ... "streamers". Federal wildlife investigators watched as birds burned and fell to the ground, and retrieved carcasses with feathers charred too severely for flight. The Center for Biological Diversity environmental group estimated 28,000 birds per year will burn and fall to the ground at the plant. (Source: 18 Aug 2014 CNS News)

Number On Welfare Grew By 14% In Obama's First 4 Years

(9 Sept 2014) In 2012, there were 109,631,000 people in households receiving welfare (benefits based on low-income) ... 35.4% of the population ... more than the 103,087,000 full-time year-round employees. 82,679,000 lived in households with Medicaid ... 51,471,000 lived in households with food stamps ... 22,526,000 lived in households with the Women, Infants and Children program ... 20,355,000 were in households with Supplemental Security Income ... 13,267,000 lived in public housing or got housing subsidies ... 5,442,000 lived in households with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ... 4,517,000 lived in households that received other forms of federal cash assistance. When Czar Obama was elected in the 4th quarter of 2008, there were 96,197,000 people living in households receiving federal welfare benefits. After 4 years, by the 4th quarter of 2012, the number had grown by 13,434,000. (Sources: Census Bureau, 20 Aug. 2014 CNS News)

Many Of Aetna's Obama Care Enrollees Didn't Pay

(9 Sept 2014) Aetna's Obama Care enrollments reached 720,000 by May 20, after the end to the extended open enrollment period. By the end of June, Aetna had less than 600,000 paying customers. (Sources: Investor's Business Daily, 11 Aug. 2014 Daily Caller)

42% Of Young Mothers Live With Their Parents

(9 Sept 2014) In 2012, 15% of births were to women who did not finish high school and 23% were to women with only a high school diploma. 42% percent of mothers ages 15-22 live with their parents. “Women with a non-marital birth are more likely to be poor …women with a non-marital first birth are less likely to ever marry and less likely to remain married if they do marry.” (Source: Census Bureau 2012 Supplement to the Current Population Survey and the 2012 American Community Survey)

Given A Choice, Wisconsin Government Employees Flee Unions

(11 Aug 2014) American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Leadership (AFSCME) Council 40 (Madison) reported 32,310 members in 2009. In a May filing, membership had dwindled to 13,256. AFSCME Leadership Council 48 (Milwaukee) reported that its membership was 3405, down from the 9043 in 2010. The unions have taken financial hits as well. Council 40 reported taking in $5.5 million in annual membership dues in the May report, down from the almost $10 million it reported in 2011. Council 48 reported taking in $0.73 million, down from $2 million in 2011. (Source: 12 Aug. 2014 Washington Examiner)

Czar Obama Flip-Flops Now That He Gets To Pick Winners And Losers

(11 Aug 2014) In 2008, Senator Obama described the Export-Import Bank as "I'm not a Democrat who believes we can or should defend every government program just because it's there ... There are some programs that have been duplicated by other programs that we just need to cut back, like ... the Export-Import Bank that's become little more than a fund for corporate welfare." On Aug. 5, Czar Obama said, "House Republicans can help by reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank ... That is the right thing to do. It's pretty straightforward. And you business leaders can help make clear that it is critical to U.S. business."

Pot Causing More Vehicle Fatalities?

(11 Aug 2014) In 2006 through 2008, Colorado averaged 35 drivers per year in fatal accidents who tested positive for marijuana. In 2010 through 2012 (with legal medical marijuana), Colorado averaged 57. Now, the sale of recreational marijuana is legal.

Never Pass Up An Opportunity To Buy Low-Income Voters

(11 Aug 2014) California Democrat Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez learned that residents can’t buy diapers with food stamps (Duh, what food group did she think contained diapers?) and authored a bill. It amends the cash welfare program (CalWORKs) by adding $80 a month to buy diapers for children under the age of 2. The annual cost to taxpayers is estimated to be $100 million. The bill passed the Assembly with no Republican votes and is in the Senate. (Source: 5 Aug. 2014 Fox News)

Taxpayers Told Bay Bridge Span Would Cost $0.78 Billion ... Actually Cost $6.4 Billion

(11 Aug 2014) The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged a span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. It was claimed that a replacement span would cost only a few hundred million dollars more than a retrofit of the damaged span. The cost of the new span was estimated to be $780 million with completion in 2007. Only one bid was received ... $1.4 billion. It was completed in 2013 for $6.4 billion. (Source: 10 Aug. 2014 Townhall)

Government Schools Have 49.8% Non-Hispanic White Students

(11 Aug 2014) For the first time, government schools are expected to have less than 50% non-Hispanic white students this fall. (Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, 9 Aug. 2014 Associated Press)

Soc Sec And Medicare Are 41% Of Federal Expenditures And Trust Funds Are Drying Up

(5 Aug 2014) Social Security and Medicare accounted for 41% of Federal expenditures in fiscal 2013. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund will be depleted by late in 2016, resulting in automatic 20% reductions in payments to beneficiaries. In 2013, SSDI cost $143.4 billion and had 11.0 million recipients. The Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) fund will be depleted in 2030. At that time dedicated revenues will be sufficient to pay 85% of payments. In 2013, Part A cost $266.2 billion. There were a total of 52.3 million enrolled in Medicare. The Social Security Old Age and Survivors Insurance trust fund will be depleted in 2033. Thereafter, tax income will be sufficient to pay 3 /4 of scheduled benefits. In 2013, this program cost $679.5 billion and had 47 million recipients. (Source: July 2014 Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees)

Thank You Nancy Pelosi For Obama Care

(2 Aug 2014) California's state insurance commissioner (a Democrat) said that for 2014, consumers purchasing individual health insurance policies paid between 22% and 88% more than they did last year. (Source: 30 July 2014 Townhall)

EPA Helps Czar Obama Bankrupt Coal Industry And Force Electricity Prices To Skyrocket

(2 Aug 2014) In Jan. 2008, Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that "under my plan ... electricity prices will necessarily skyrocket. If somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant, they can. It's just that [my plan] will bankrupt them." The average electricity price in June was 14.3 cents per kWh ... a record. The previous record was 13.7. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Navajo Generating Station, the largest coal-fired plant in the West, will produce 1/3 less electricity by 2020 and cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted. Along with meeting electricity demands in the West, the 2,250-megawatt plant powers a series of canals that deliver water to Phoenix and Tucson, fuels the economies of the Navajo and Hopi Tribes, and helps fulfill American Indian water-rights settlements with the federal government. (Sources: 22 July 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics, 28 July Yahoo - ABC News Network, 28 July Washington Times)

Colorado Pot Rush Increases Young Homeless Population

(27 July 2014) Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of young people living on the city's streets. Urban Peak, which specifically helps homeless youth: the majority of new young people it is seeing say they're in Colorado because of marijuana. St. Francis Center, a daytime homeless shelter: pot is the 2nd most frequently volunteered reason for being in Colorado. Salvation Army's men's shelter: an increase in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds ... a quarter of the increase was related to marijuana, including some who moved hoping to find work in the marijuana industry. (Source: 26 July 2014 Associated Press)

GM Recalled 29 Million Vehicles In Less Than 7 Months

(26 July 2014) In 2014, Government Motors (GM) has recalled 29 million vehicles in North America. (Source: 23 July 2014 Wall Street Journal)

NAACP Takes Page From Czar Obama’s Playbook ... Cries "Racism"

(26 July 2014) 80,000 Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. residential water accounts are past due ... $43 million. When service to about 7,000 non-payers was shut off, a class action lawsuit on behalf of freeloading residents was filed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund claimed the shutoffs were racist ("being done in a discriminatory fashion ... the majority of whom are African American"). (Source: 23 July 2014 Townhall)

E-85 (85% Ethanol) Is 32% More Expensive Than Gasoline

(26 July 2014) The national average retail price of gasoline is $3.65, compared to $4.82 for E-85 (adjusted for lower energy content to provide comparison based on same miles driven). (Source: April 2014 Dept. of Energy)

Government Employees Like Unions Much More Than Private Employees

(23 July 2014) In 2013, government wage and salary workers had a union membership rate of 35.3%, compared to 6.7% for private workers. The overall rate was 11.3%, compared to the peak of 35% in the mid-1950s. Three of the 4 largest unions are government employees and the 4th is 48% government employees: National Education Association (NEA) with 3.2 million, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) with 2.1-million, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees with 1.6 million, American Federation of Teachers with 1.5 million. Virginia, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia and Texas do not allow collective bargaining for government employees. (Sources: 24 Jan. 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5 July Associated Press)

Czar Obama's War On Coal Mines Helps Russian Economy

(22 July 2014) Public Service of New Hampshire bought 38,500 metric tons of low-sulphur steam coal from Russia and transported it nearly 4000 miles to burn at the Schiller electricity plant. (Source: 16 July 2014 Bloomberg)

Record High Percentage On Welfare During Czar Obama's Reign

(12 July 2014) The percentage on welfare [living in a family receiving benefits from any of just 3 programs … Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and food stamps (SNAP)] was first calculated in 1993. The percentage was a record low 12.5 in 2000 and a record high 23.1 in 2011. During this period, the percentage of children 5 and under on welfare increased from 19.8 to 38.0. In 2011, 34.8% of children 6 to 10 and 32.0% of children 11 to 15 were on welfare. Only 14.6% of married families were on welfare, while 55.0% of unmarried female-headed families were. In 1940, 3.8% of births were to unmarried women. This percentage began to increase in 1960, reaching 32.6% by 1992. It remained steady for a few years, before rising to 40.7% in 2012 ... the 5th year in a row over 40%. (Source: Dept. of Health and Human Services 2014 Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors)

Immigrants From Central America Tend To Be Illegal, On Welfare, Didn't Graduate And Live In Poverty

(11 July 2014) In 2012, there were 2.7 million immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala … 60% of them illegal aliens. 57% of households headed by an El Salvadoran used at least 1 major welfare program, as did 54% of Honduran households and 49% of Guatemalan households. By comparison, 24% of households headed by a native-born American used at least 1 of these programs. 54% of Guatemalan immigrants between 25 and 65 have not graduated from high school. The figures for Salvadorans and Hondurans are 53% and 44%, respectively. The corresponding figure for native-born Americans is 7%. 32% of Honduran immigrants and their young children (under 18) live in poverty; as do 31% of Guatemalan immigrants and their children, and 28% of Salvadoran immigrants and their children. The corresponding figure for native-born Americans and their children is 14%. (Sources: Census Bureau March 2013 Current Population Survey, July 2014 Center for Immigration Studies)

Looking Forward To Pelosi Being Transported To ER In California

(10 July 2014) Czar Obama claimed Obama Care would reduce the number of people that go to emergency rooms (ERs) instead of going to a doctor. Because many doctors in California are refusing to accept new Covered California (state exchange established as part of Obama Care) and Medicaid patients because of low payments, the statewide average ER wait time has increased to 5 hours. (Source: KMPH TV in Fresno, California)

Obama Care Will Undoubtedly Join Medicare And Medicaid Overpayment History

(10 July 2014) Each year, federal agencies are required to estimate the amount of improper payments they issued. They include overpayments, underpayments, payments to the wrong recipient and payments that were made without proper documentation. In 2013, federal agencies made $97 billion in overpayments and $9 billion in underpayments. The 3 highest overpayments were for Medicare, earned income tax credit and Medicaid ... $48 billion, $15 billion and $14 billion, respectively. With history as my guide, I am confident the new health program, Obama Care, will be high on this list in the future. (Source: 9 July 2014 Associated Press)

Czar Obama Claimed Obama Care Would Cut The Average Family's Premium By About $2,500 Per Year

(6 July 2014) 41 New York health insurance companies have requested premium increases averaging 13% for 2015. MetroPlus, the 3rd largest market share on the state's exchange and 44% of the New York City market, is requesting an average 18.5% increase. MVP, which holds 8% on the state's exchange, asked for an average 19% increase. (Source: 2 July 2014 Capital New York)

Best / Worst Presidents

(3 July 2014) "since World War II ... consider the worst president" ... 33% Obama, 28% Bush, 13% Nixon, 8% Carter

"since World War II ... consider the best president" ... 35% Reagan, 18% Clinton, 15% Kennedy

"Obama administration has been competent in running the government" ... 54% No

"if Mitt Romney had become President ... nation would be better off than it is today or worse off" ... 45% Better ... 38% Worse (Source: 2 July 2014 Quinnipiac Univ. Poll)

GM Recalled 25.68 Million Vehicles In Less Than 6 Months

(2 July 2014) Starting 13 Jan. 2014, Government Motors (GM) has recalled 25.68 million vehicles in the U.S. for safety-related repairs, equal to more than 9 times their 2013 U.S. sales. (Source: 30 June 2014 USA TODAY)

Don't Let The World Bank Control Your Pension Plan

(30 June 2014) World Bank Pres. Jim Yong said that pension funds should invest in "green assets" instead of fossil fuel companies. Starting 1 Jan. 2002, the STOXX Global 1800 Oil & Gas Index has increased 81.5%, while the RENIXX Renewable Energy Industrial Index has dropped 64.6 %.

Economics 101: U.S. Company Moves To Ireland

(29 June 2014) Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company, has announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from Minneapolis to Dublin, Ireland. With the U.S. corporate tax rate at 35%, Medtronic would rather move to where the tax rate is only 12.5%. Medtronic will have more money to invest and grow their company. (Source: 23 June 2014 Townhall)

D.C.'s Goal To Increase Commuting Cost, Pollution And Taxpayer Subsidies

(24 June 2014) A District of Columbia goal is to reduce auto commuting from 54% of all workers in the district to no more than 25% by shifting to urban transit. In 2012, the average U.S. car and light truck emitted 268 grams of carbon dioxide per passenger-mile, compared to 285 grams for Washington's transit system. Americans spend about a trillion dollars a year buying, maintaining, operating and insuring cars, and subsidizing highways. They travel about 4 trillion passenger-miles per year ... 25 cents per passenger-mile ... 24 cents paid by users and 1 cent by subsidies. In 2012, Washington's urban-area transit system operated 2.5 billion passenger- miles at a cost of $3 billion ... $1.20 per passenger-mile ... 34 cents paid by users and 86 cents by taxpayers. (Source: 6 June 2014 Cato Institute)

The Other 3 Largest Users Of Coal Are All Increasing The Amount They Burn

(24 June 2014) From 2000 to 2011, the annual amount of coal burned in China increased from 1.5 to 3.8 billion tons. During the same period, the amount burned in the U.S. decreased from approximately 1.1 to 1.0 billion tons. China’s increase was 23 times the U.S.’s decrease. At the same time, the increase in cost of U.S. electricity hurt the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing … we bought more foreign goods and lost jobs. Is our pain worth our very small impact on world pollution? (Source: Apr. 2014, National Geographic)

Medicaid Will Require Huge Increase in Taxes Or Result In Huge Increase In National Debt

(24 June 2014) Federal and state Medicaid spending: $72 billion in 1990, $206 billion in 2000 and $401 billion in 2010. Expansion due to Obama Care will inflate Medicaid to $795 billion in 2021. (Sources: George Mason Univ. Mercatus Center, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 17 June 2014 National Center for Policy Analysis)

Eliminate LBJ's "Great Society" Job Corps

(23 June 2014) Part of Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" was the Job Corps, a training and placement program to teach trade skills to low-income, troubled youth at least 16 years old. The program is the Labor Dept.'s most expensive, costing $1.7 billion in 2014 for 37,000 participants ... $45,946 each. Students live at the centers courtesy of taxpayers. A 9-year study that began in 1995 quantified the effectiveness of the program. Researchers studied 15,000 who applied for the program and compared the results of the students who attended with those who did not. Wage benefits of Job Corps students disappeared after 4 years. (Sources: 19 May 2014 Washington Post, 22 May National Center for Policy Analysis)

Student Proficiency Does Not Correlate With School Spending

(23 June 2014) Washington, D.C. government schools spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-11 school year ... highest among 21 large cities. In 2013, only 17% of 8th graders were "proficient" or "advanced" in reading and 19% in math ... worse in both subjects than all states. The other D.C. students were "basic". (Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, 14 May 2014 Townhall)

School Lunch Czar Obama Loses A Battle

(22 June 2014) The Dept. of Agriculture announced a 2-year delay in a regulation that forced schools to provide food that is rich in whole grains. Lasagna and elbow pastas were especially difficult to cook in large quantities. With Czar Obama's wife as a cheerleader, new regulations have been phased in over the last 2 school years. The School Nutrition Association has pushed for delays in many school nutrition changes, citing declining revenue and increased costs. In the 2012-13 school year, almost half of schools experienced lower revenues for their school meal programs and 90% saw food costs increase. (Source: 19 May 2014 Associated Press, 20 May Daily Caller)

Taxpayers On Increasingly More Expensive Obama Care Ride

(22 June 2014) The average Obama Care Federal Exchange Bronze Plan monthly premium is $289 per month, with $221 subsidized by taxpayers. The Silver plan is $345, with $264 subsidized by taxpayers. 69% of those who qualified for a tax credit pay a monthly premium of less than $100. Nearly 9 in 10 who bought health coverage on the Obama Care Federal Exchange received taxpayer subsidies. This spring, the 2014 subsidies were estimated to cost the taxpayers $10 billion. Now, the estimate is $16.5 billion. Obama Care insurance provisions will cost $1.4 trillion from 2015 to 2024. (Sources: Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Joint Committee on Taxation, Dept. of Health and Human Services, 17 June 2014 LA Times, 18 June Fiscal Times)

Arizona Health Insurance Premiums Going Up Next Year

(21 June 2014) Arizona is the latest state whose insurers have proposed their premium rates for next year. For major insurers, the rate increases range from a 14.4% hike from Cigna to a whopping 25.5% hike from Humana. Czar Obama claimed his health care plan would cut the average family's premium by about $2,500 per year. (Source: 4 June 2014 Fiscal Times)

$24,000 Replacement Battery System For Least-Expensive Tesla Car

(21 June 2014) Most electric cars have a few large batteries. Tesla's have thousands of laptop-computer-size batteries. The base prices of Tesla Model S cars, including destination charges, are $71,070 with a 60 kWh battery system and $81,070 with an 85 kWh battery system. This implies the cost of batteries is $400 per kWh. Therefore, a replacement 60 kWh battery system would be $24,000. The base price of a Honda Accord Sedan LX with an automatic transmission, including destination charge, is $23,545. (Sources: Tesla, Honda)

Fiat Loses $14,000 On Sale Of Each 500e Electric Car

(21 June 2014) The CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said this about the Fiat 500e electric car, "I hope you don’t buy it because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000. If we just build electric vehicles, we’ll be back in ... Washington asking for a second bailout because we’ll be bankrupt by Christmas." If he increased the price, he would sell fewer and get pummeled for not meeting the government mandated fleet-average miles-per-gallon (mpg). The fuel efficiency standards were put in place by Czar Obama in 2011, and there are separate mandates in California. The 2014 Fiat 500e base price is $32,300. The standard Fiat 500, which has a 4-cylinder engine and gets 40 mpg on the highway, starts at $16,195. Czar Obama provided a bailout for Chrysler, a U.S. company. Since January, it has been 100% owned by Fiat, an Italian company. By the end of the year, Fiat Chrysler will be a Netherlands company with headquarters in London. (Source: 23 May 2014 FOX Business)

Fewer Transit Riders Despite $1 Trillion In Federal Tax Subsidies

(14 June 2014) Transit carries only 1% as much travel as highways. However, 20% of federal gas taxes go towards transit. The subsidies have not increased ridership, which has fallen since 1970, despite $1 trillion in federal subsidies. (Sources: 13 May 2014 Cato Institute, 20 May 2014 National Center for Policy Analysis)

LA County Biggest Loser Of Jobs Since 1990

(13 June 2014) Los Angeles County has lost more net jobs than any large metropolitan area in the nation from 1990 to 2013. (Sources: Anderson School of Management, 1 June 2014 Townhall)

Federal Grants To States Have Increased 18% ... 35% For Medicaid

(13 June 2014) Medicaid constitutes nearly two-thirds of federal grant money issued to the states. Since 2008, federal Medicaid grants have increased 35% and grants to other health programs have increased 21%. Total non-health federal grants have decreased 5%. (Sources: May 2014 Pew Charitable Trusts, 28 May National Center for Policy Analysis)

Medicare Reimbursement Cuts ... Closure Of 18 Rural Hospitals

(13 June 2014) 60% of funding for rural hospitals comes from Medicare. The rest comes from Medicaid and private health insurance. Cuts for Medicare reimbursement funding and the Oct. deadline for upgrading to electronic medical records are a grave concern to rural hospitals. 18 rural hospitals have shut their doors since the beginning of 2013, more than the combined total in the prior 10 years. (Source: 28 May 2014 Fox News)

GE To Create Jobs

(29 May 2014) General Electric has committed to create 1,000 industrial jobs within 3 years ... in France. (Source: 28 May 2014 Reuters)

France Forgot To Measure Before Purchasing Trains

(29 May 2014) The French government's rail system ordered 341 new trains and then discovered they were too wide for nearly 1,300 of the 8,700 railway platforms. It will cost $68 million to widen the stations. (Sources: Wall Street Journal, 22 May 2014 USA Today)

Expensive Solar Electricity

(28 May 2014) For power plants entering service in 2019, electricity produced by natural gas is estimated to cost $66 per megawatt-hour, compared to $130 for solar. (Source: 20 May 2014 Real Clear Markets)

A Couple Billion Dollars For Obama Care Website And State Exchanges

(27 May 2014) As of 28 Feb., the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had obligated $834 million for HealthCare.gov information technology contracts and interagency agreements. In addition, Czar Obama has spent hundreds of millions on federal grants to states for their own exchanges. 4 state exchanges on the edge of collapse have used $474 million of federal taxpayers' money so far ... Nevada (will transition to federal system by 15 Nov.), Massachusetts (looking for another $121 million in federal funding to develop its new state-based exchange), Maryland (attempting to build a new one on its own), Oregon (gave up on its state exchange entirely and moving to the federal HealthCare.gov system). (Sources: Health and Human Services, 14 May 2014 Daily Caller, 20 May Daily Caller, 21 May Reuters)

Czar Obama Claimed Obama Care Would Cut The Average Family's Premium By About $2,500 Per Year

(26 May 2014) Virginia insurance carriers were the first to publicly release premiums for 2015. Anthem HealthKeepers Inc., offered by WellPoint, is raising its premiums on individual plans by an average of 8.5% for 110,000 people. CareFirst Blue Choice, Inc. is increasing its rates 14.9% for 32,000 members. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. is raising its premiums 3.3% for 10,000 residents. (Sources: 11 May 2014 Wall Street Journal, 20 May 2014 National Center for Policy Analysis)

What Happens When Low-Education, Low-Skill Employees Demand More Pay?

(26 May 2014) As of March 2010, there were 1500 kiosks in 400 McDonald's restaurants in France to substitute and supplement employees. The kiosks have allowed McDonald's to avoid some of the high payroll costs of dealing with France's minimum wage ... 12.22 an hour in U.S. dollars. McDonald's has kiosks in more than 7000 restaurants in Europe. As soon as 2016, Panera's 1,800 restaurants will replace all of their cashiers with kiosks. A sushi-chain in Japan has robots making food that customers order on a touch screen. A conveyer belt delivers the food, and a computer tracks customer purchases and automates their bill payment. (Sources: Kiosk Europe, 18 May 2011 Neowin, 14 May 2014 Daily Caller)

GM Recalled 18.67 Million Vehicles In 4 Months

(25 May 2014) Starting 13 Jan. 2014, Government Motors (GM) has recalled 18.67 million vehicles, equal to 6.7 times their 2013 U.S. sales. (Source: 21 May 2014 USA TODAY)

UK To Discontinue Solar Subsidies

(25 May 2014) The UK Dept. of Energy and Climate Change will discontinue its ratepayer-funded subsidies to new large-scale solar electricity producers by next April. They were supposed to last until 2017, but there has been growing opposition to solar panels littering the countryside and driving up electricity costs for households and businesses that were forced to subsidize the developments. (Source: 13 May 2014 Daily Caller)

Suppliers Do Not Like Government Motors (GM)

(24 May 2014) 411 suppliers rated their relationships (16 categories) with the 6 companies that account for more than 85% of all light vehicle sales in the U.S. Toyota (318), Honda (295) and Nissan (273) were ranked 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Ford (267), Chrysler (245) and GM (244) were at the bottom. Overall, 55% of the suppliers characterized their relations with GM as "poor to very poor", worse than the 48% last year. (Sources: Planning Perspectives Inc., 12 May 2014 Detroit Free Press, 12 May Reuters)

Only 7% Of Black High School Seniors Proficient Or Better In Math

(20 May 2014) Students of Asian / Pacific Island descent were the most prepared for college, with 47% proficient or higher in both math and reading. Only 7% of blacks tested at grade level in math and just 16% were considered proficient in reading. The gap between black and white students was larger in 2013 than in 1992. (Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, 14 May 2014 CNS News)

Only 25% Of High School Seniors Proficient In Math

(20 May 2014) 92,000 students were tested. 38% were proficient in reading ... slightly lower than the 40% in 1992. (Sources: National Assessment of Educational Progress, 7 May 2014 Associated Press)

EPA Reduces Stupid Requirement

(13 May 2014) The EPA dramatically lowered its mandate for the amount of cellulosic biofuels, e.g. produced from grass and wood, that must be mixed with gasoline and diesel fuels. The EPA did so retroactively for 2013, reducing the requirement from 6 million gallons to 0.81 million gallons, the amount actually produced. (Source: Washington Times)

New Medicaid Patients Having Trouble Finding Doctors To Accept Taxpayers' Money

(13 May 2014) In 2013, the acceptance of new Medicaid patients by doctors in 5 specialties in 15 metropolitan areas was only 45.7%, compared to 55.4% in 2009. Dallas had the lowest acceptance rate ... 23%. (Sources: Merritt-Hawkins, 8 May 2014 Heritage Foundation)

Another Czar Obama Stimulus Green Company Halts Production

(12 May 2014) After its own electric vehicle program collapsed, Tanfield Group (British company) formed American Smith Electric (U.S. subsidiary). Despite $32 million in federal stimulus funds and status as one of Czar Obama's favorite "green" companies, the firm has halted production. It built just 439 of the promised 510 experimental electric-powered trucks and buses for commercial use. It promised Missouri a minimum of 202 new jobs in return for up to $1.4 million in state tax credits, but hired only 54. Promised plant expansions in Chicago and New York have not occurred. $36,084 are owed Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology for work performed as a subcontractor, $192,000 are owed to Consolidated Electrical Distributors for equipment and goods and hundreds of thousands of dollars are owed the Kansas City government for lease payments since last November on 90,000 square feet it rents at the Kansas City International Airport. Smith Electric lost $17 million in 2009, $30 million in 2010 and $74 million in 2011. (Source: 5 May 2014 Washington Examiner)

Thank Texas We Don't Have Much Higher Gasoline Prices

(12 May 2014) Daily oil production (millions of barrels): Texas 2.87, federal off-shore 1.31, N. Dakota 0.93, California 0.56, Alaska 0.54. (Source: Jan. 2014 Energy Information Administration)

Czar Obama Hates Oil And Natural Gas, Not Just Coal

(12 May 2014) From 2009 to 2013, crude oil production on non-federal lands increased 61% while production on federal lands decreased 6%. Natural gas production increased 33% on non-federal lands, but decreased 28% on federal lands. From 2006 to 2011, the average time to process an application to drill on federal lands increased from 218 days to 307 days. (Sources: Congressional Research Service, 16 Apr. 2014 House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce)

$150 Per Gallon For Non-Petroleum Fuel

(12 May 2014) The price of conventional jet fuel is $2.88 per gallon. The Dept. of Defense (DOD) bought 1500 gallons of alternative jet fuel made from algae oil for $150 per gallon. (Sources: Government Accountability Office (GAO), 7 May 2014 Washington Times)

Federal Taxpayers May Fund Wind Electricity Twice Rejected By N.J.

(11 May 2014) Fishermen's Energy wants to install 5 windmills off the coast of Atlantic City. The N.J. Board of Public Utilities twice rejected the Chinese-backed project, concluding the Chinese company did not demonstrate financial integrity and deeming it too risky for ratepayers. Nevertheless, the federal government has awarded $47 million for the $188 million project. (Source: 7 May 2014 Washington Times)

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