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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

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)

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