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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY
2 Georgia Hospitals Close Due To Obama Care
(27 Feb. 2014) The 4th Georgia hospital in 2 years is closing due to severe financial difficulties caused by Obama Care. The bill's authors believed they would force all states to expand Medicaid and therefore cut hospital payments for emergency services. (Source: 18 Feb. 2014 Daily Caller)
(27 Feb. 2014) 73% of U.S. troop fatalities in the Afghanistan war occurred during Czar Obama's reign. (Source: icasualties.org)
35% Of SSDI Recipients Claim Mental Disorder
(22 Feb. 2014) As of Dec. 2012, there were 10,088,739 receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), 100% more than in 1995. "Mental disorder" is the leading qualifying reason, 35.5% of the total ... 50.1% in Massachusetts. "Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue" was second at 27.1%. (Sources: SSDI Annual Statistical Report, 28 Jan. 2014 CNS News)
National Debt Continues To Soar
(14 Feb. 2014) In May 2003, Obama called on the Senate to resist Bush's "unprecedented $300 billion deficit" that "underscores the recklessness of the George W. Bush administration and the Republican Congress". During the 2008 campaign, Czar Obama said, "The first thing you do when you're in a hole is what? ... You stop digging. So the first thing that we're going to have to do is to stop adding to our deficit." More than 5 years later, Czar Obama and tax-spend big-government politicians are driving the U.S. bus closer to the same cliff that Greece, Spain and Italy plunged over. During the 60 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national debt increased by $6.66 trillion to $17.29 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.33 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $0.86 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 2.12 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.
10-Year Price Tag For Obama Care Has More Than Doubled
(14 Feb. 2014) Obama Care will lead to the equivalent of 2 million fewer workers in the labor force in 2017. Czar Obama pledged that Obama Care would cost "around $900 billion over 10 years". The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated the cost would be $940 billion for the first 10 years. Later, CBO's estimate was a little under $1.5 trillion. Now, CBO's estimate is more than $2 trillion for the first 10 years. (Source: 4 Feb. 2014 CBO).
Terminate Puerto Rico As A Territory
(14 Feb. 2014) Standard & Poor's cut its credit rating on Puerto Rico, dropping the cash-strapped U.S. territory's debt to junk-bond status.
Fully-Enclosed-Golf-Cart "Mini" Cars Are Less Safe
(28 Jan. 2014) Environmentalists influenced politicians to force auto companies to build cars with higher miles per gallon. Here are the results. Tests of 11 "mini" cars (2013 or 2014 model years) simulating driver-side front corner collisions with stationary vehicles or objects at 40 mph were conducted. None got the highest rating of "good". The Chevy Spark was the only one that earned the second-highest rating of "acceptable". The Mazda 2, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris and 2014 Ford Fiesta were "marginal" and the Nissan Versa Sedan, Toyota Prius C, Hyundai Accent, Fiat 500, Honda Fit and 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage were "poor". Of the 17 "small" cars tested, which are a little larger, there were 5 "good" ratings, 5 "acceptable" and 7 "marginal" or "poor". The companies will undoubtedly increase the safety of the "mini" and "small" cars, which will increase the costs and reduce the miles per gallon. This will reduce their competitiveness with larger cars. (Source: 22 Jan. 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
3 Food Stamp Records In 2013
(25 Jan. 2014) The average monthly number of households on food stamps (SNAP) in fiscal 2013 was a record 23.1 million, 20.0% of all households. The monthly average number of people was a record 47.6 million. The SNAP program cost a record $79.6 billion. (Sources: Census Bureau, Dept. of Agriculture, 21 Jan. 2014 CNS News)
Fewer Border Apprehensions During Czar Obama's Reign
(25 Jan. 2014) In Bush's last full fiscal year (FY 2008) there were 723,825 Border Patrol apprehensions. In the FY that included Obama's first 8.5 months (2009), there were 556,041 ... followed by 463,382; 340,255; 364,768 and 420,789. In FY 2013, 98.5% occurred along the southwest border. (Source: 23 Jan. 2014 CNS News)
49% Of Black Men Arrested By Age 23
(22 Jan. 2014) By age 18, 30% of black men, 26% of Hispanic men and 22% of white men have been arrested for non-traffic-related crimes ... by age 23, 49% of black men, 44% of Hispanic men and 38% of white men. (Source: 20 Jan. 2014 Associated Press)
Give Puerto Rico Complete Independence
(22 Jan. 2014) Puerto Rico: over $70 billion in debt, about 45% have incomes below the U.S. federal poverty line, nearly 40% of households receive food stamps, 55% out of the labor force, unemployment hovering around 15%, number of doctors decreased by 13% in last 5 years. (Source: 13 Dec. 2013 Fox News)
Our Representative Democracy Is Controlled By The Wolves
(20 Jan. 2014) Benjamin Franklin said, Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Because (1) 43.3% of households pay no federal income taxes, (2) 60 million people receive Medicaid and CHIP, (3) 47.6 million people receive food stamps (SNAP), (4) 30.6 million children receive school lunches and (5) 27 million households receive Earned Income Tax Credits; these wolves outnumber the lambs and will decide what to have for lunch. The easiest way for politicians to get elected is to promise to keep the government trough full. The productive people have lost the war. In 2010, households in the top 20% of before-tax income paid 92.9% of the federal net income taxes. Nevertheless, this 20% is targeted to provide even more freebies.
Authoritarian Nanny-State Gone Wild
(20 Jan. 2014) Section 4205 of Obama Care stipulates: "the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in close proximity to each article of food or the selection button that includes a clear and conspicuous statement disclosing the number of calories contained in the article." The rules will apply to about 10,800 companies that operate 20 or more machines. (Source: 28 Dec. 2013 Townhall)
70 Wisconsin Unions Decertified
(20 Jan. 2014) Wisconsin union members voted in 408 school district recertification elections from Nov. 29 to Dec. 19. At least 70 unions were decertified, including 19 teachers unions. (Source: 20 Dec. 2013 Hot Air)
92.7% Of Obama Care Enrollees Will Get Taxpayer Subsidies
(15 Jan. 2014) 2,153,421 individuals had signed up for private health care plans through Obama Care as of the end of December. 2,082,840 had been checked to determine if they qualified for federal subsidies from taxpayers. 1,646,237 (79%) did qualify. 3,926,068 others qualified for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including people who were renewing their Medicaid. A total of 5,572,305 people have qualified for subsidies using Obama Care. (Sources: Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 13 Jan. 2014 Washington Times)