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Obama Care Regulatory Costs ...

(31 March 2014) $27.2 billion in private sector costs, $8 billion in unfunded state burdens, and 159 million paperwork hours on local governments and affected entities. The law has generated just $2.6 billion in annualized benefits, compared to $6.8 billion in annualized costs. (Source: 24 Mar. 2014 American Action Forum)

U.S. To Pay U.N. $2.7 Billion This Year

(23 March 2014) This fiscal year, the U.S. will pay the U.N. $1.7 billion to fund peacekeeping operations, $621 million to fund its operating budget and $386 million as a voluntary contribution. (Source: 21 Mar. 2014 National Taxpayers Union)

No Global Warming In Last 17+ Years

(23 March 2014) There are 5 sets of standard global temperature data ... 2 are satellite-based and 3 are ground-based. The first one to report data for Feb. reported the average temperature was the same as in Sept. 1996. A graph of the monthly temperatures between these 2 dates shows variations above and below that average temperature with no clear trend up or down. (Sources: Remote Sensing Systems, 4 Mar. 2014 Climate Depot)

A Czar Obama Model Green-Energy Project That Does Not Work

(23 March 2014) Czar Obama issued an executive order for federal agencies to lead the way on renewable energy. An administration document stated, "Throughout the Federal Government, agencies are already leading by example toward building a clean energy economy. This document outlines some examples of projects, many of which leverage Recovery Act funding, that will drive long-term savings, build local market capacity, and create new private-sector clean energy jobs". Here is how one of them ($2.3 million federal stimulus project at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud) turned out. A 600-kilowatt wind turbine (245 feet tall) made in India has been essentially inoperable for the past year and a half. No one is currently working to fix the turbine system, after many attempts to repair it were made. (Source: 19 Mar. 2014 Watchdog)

Employees To Pay More Thanks To Obama Care

(23 March 2014) According to a survey of over 700 companies, a third have increased deductibles or copays and another 48% are contemplating options that will increase employees' payments. (Sources: Mercer (consulting firm), 12 March 2014 Bloomberg)

USPS Owes $100 Billion

(22 March 2014) In 2007, the unfunded liabilities were $61.6 billion and at the end of 2013 they had grown to $99.8 billion. First-class mail, USPS's most profitable product, has declined 37% in volume since 2001. USPS currently owes for a loan and benefit payments to current and retired employees ... $48.3 billion for retiree health care, $19.8 billion for pre-1984-hired employees' pension plans, $17.2 billion for workers' compensation and $15 billion for U.S. Treasury debt (the statutory limit). Since USPS cannot borrow more money, deficits cause it to default on employee benefits. (Sources: Government Accountability Office (GAO), 14 March 2014 CNS News).

Residents Lose Property Rights ... City Loses Taxes

(22 March 2014) Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer wanted to build a research-division headquarters on 26 acres in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, Conn. In 2001, an executive stated, "Pfizer wants a nice place to operate ... We don't want to be surrounded by tenements." The city allowed Pfizer to pay only 20% of its property taxes for the first 10 years on the $294 million complex that opened in 2001. Seven homeowners in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood refused to sell their homes so a hotel, conference center, condominium complex, health club and shops could be built. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the city a green light to seize and demolish the homes through eminent domain, then turn the land over to developers. The land adjacent to Pfizer's complex was cleared of dozens of homes, but nothing was built. Pfizer and 1400 employees bailed out of New London in 2009. (Source: 13 March 2014 Townhall)

Democrat Mayors Make Top 10

(22 March 2014) The 10 most dangerous cities in 2013 all had Democrat mayors. (Sources: FBI, 2 March 2014 Townhall)

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