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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Another Taxpayer-Funded Green Energy Failure

(13 Mar 2017) In 2010, Aquion Energy received a Czar Obama "stimulus" grant of $5.2 million to build a large-scale manufacturing plant to produce batteries to store solar and other renewable energy. The company also received $16.6 million from Pennsylvania and committed to create 341 new jobs and retain 70 existing employees. In Feb. 2016, the company requested a 2-year extension to create the jobs promised, having created only 50 jobs. In Jan. 2017, Aquion received a North American Company of the Year Award at the Cleantech Forum. Aquion has halted operations, filed for Chapter 11 (reorganization) bankruptcy on Mar. 8 and is seeking a buyer. (Source: 10 Mar 2017 FOX News)

$71 Billion Food Stamp Program In 2016

(5 Mar 2017) 17 million people were receiving food stamps (SNAP) at a cost of $17 billion in 2000. In 2016, there were 44 million at a cost of $71 billion … at least 20% were receiving food stamps in Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon and Tennessee. (Sources: Dept. of Agriculture, 3 Mar 2017 FOX News)

Less than 45% Of Projected Obama Care Exchange Enrollees Actually Obtained Insurance

(3 Mar 2017) A few days before Czar Obama signed Obama Care, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that 23 million people would obtain insurance through the program's exchanges by 2017. Now, the CBO said the actual number for 2017 would be 10 million. CBO originally projected that 21 million would remain uninsured, but the number is now estimated to be 27 million. Obama Care is responsible for covering an additional 12 million with Medicaid and providing subsidies to 9 million individuals to purchase insurance on the exchanges. (Source: 24 Jan 2017 Washington Examiner)

61% Of Illegal Aliens Live In 20 Cities ... 17 Are Sanctuary Cities

(26 Feb 2017) 61% of the nation's estimated 11 million illegal aliens (1.15 million in NYC, 1.00 million in LA, 0.58 million in Houston) live in 20 major metro areas ... 17 of them are sanctuary cities. 36% of the U.S. population lives in those cities. (Sources: Pew Research Center, 9 Feb 2017 Washington Examiner)

Each Illegal Alien Costs $75,000

(26 Feb 2017) The lifetime net cost (benefits minus taxes paid) of each illegal alien is $74,722. (Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)

Socialism Diet Plan In Venezuela

(26 Feb 2017) The collapse of the economy has resulted in 74.3% of the population losing an average of 19 pounds. 81% percent of the households are living in poverty. (Sources: Venezuela Living Conditions Survey, 20 Feb 2017 CNBC)

In FY 2016, Interest On The National Debt Was $433 Billion

(26 Feb 2017) The interest on the national debt was $318 billion in FY 2003 ... $360 billion in 2012 ... $433 billion in 2016. (Source: Treasury Dept.)

Higher Percentages Of Foreign-Born In U.S. Are Low Education And Below Poverty Level

(5 Feb 2017) In 1970, only 4.7% of residents were foreign born … 13.3% in 2014 (27.1% in California). The 42.4 million foreign-born had 16.7 million U.S.-born children under 18. The largest number of foreign-born were born in Mexico and lived in the U.S. an average of 21 years as of 2014. Only 26.7% were U.S. citizens. Among people 25 to 65, 8.0% of U.S.-born did not have a high-school education … 19.0% of foreign-born arriving after 2010. The median annual earnings for U.S.-born full-time adult employees in 2014 was $46,172 … $35,129 for foreign-born arriving after 2010. In 2014, 29.5% of Mexican immigrants and their U.S.-born children were below the poverty level, compared to 9.8% of U.S.-born non-hispanic whites. (Source: Census Bureau)

2017 Obama Care: Fewer Choices, Higher Premiums And Larger Deductibles

(5 Feb 2017) In 2016, only 4% of Obama Care Exchange regions had 1 health insurer and 67% had 3 or more. In 2017, 36% had 1 insurer and 45% had 3 or more. Average silver-plan (most popular option) monthly premiums (50-year-old non-smoker) for 2014 to 2017 have increased ... $434, 453, 496 and 554, respectively. During the same time, average annual medical / drug deductibles increased ... $2480, 2658, 3075 and 3703, respectively. (Sources: Jan 2017 Avalere Health, 2 Feb Daily Signal)

More than 80% Of Additional Health Insurance Coverage Was Due To Taxpayer-Funded Medicaid

(31 Jan 2017) The net gain in health care coverage in 2014, 2015 and the first 9 months of 2016 was 16.5 million, including an increase in coverage by Medicaid of 13.8 million. (Source: 24 Jan 2017 Heritage Foundation)

Nearly $8 Billion In School Improvement Grants Had No Significant Impact

(28 Jan 2017) Bush gave $616 million to the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program and Czar Obama gave more than $7 billion. The money went to schools with low academic achievement and graduation rates below 60%. The program had "no significant impact" on reading or math test scores, high school graduation, or college enrollment. (Source: Jan 2017 Dept. of Education)

U.S. Gave U.N. 128% More Than Any Other Country For 2017

(28 Jan 2017) Czar Obama gave the U.N. more than $610 million for 2017 ... more than any other country. Japan was second at $268 million. (Source: U.N. budget report)

After Spending $29 Million, EPA Unable To Determine Impact Of Fracing On Drinking Water

(15 Jan 2017) A 5-year, $29 million Environmental Protection Agency study report stated, "Data gaps and uncertainties limited EPA's ability to fully assess the potential impacts on drinking water resources locally and nationally. Because of these data gaps and uncertainties, it was not possible to fully characterize the severity of impacts, nor was it possible to calculate or estimate the national frequency of impacts on drinking water resources from activities in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle". The report cited no cases in which such contamination was confirmed. (Source: Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States, EPA/600/R-16/236F, 2016)

2017 Obama Care With Higher Premiums And Fewer Choices

(22 Dec 2016) Premiums for a midlevel Obama Care plan in states with HealthCare.gov are increasing an average of 25% next year, driven by lower-than-expected enrollment and higher medical costs. About 1/3 of the counties will have only 1 marketplace insurer because some major commercial carriers have left the market. Subsidies will increase to $42.6 billion for 2017. (Source: 21 Dec 2016 Associated Press)

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