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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY
California Issued 650,000 Driver Licenses To Illegal Aliens In 2015 And Subsidizes Their Insurance
(21 May 2016) California passed a law to allow illegal aliens to get driver licenses and developed a 3-year $141 million program to implement it. 650,000 licenses were issued to illegal aliens last year. The state hired 1,000 temporary DMV workers, opened 4 new processing centers, extended office hours and provides subsidized auto insurance through the California Dept. of Insurance for low-income illegal aliens using Spanish-language media. Annual premiums are as low as $241 for coverage that is less than what is mandated for other drivers who purchase policies through private insurance companies, paying a statewide average of just below $2,000 per year. The subsidized insurance pays victims less than regular policies, leaving them with insufficient protection in the case of accidents caused by illegal aliens. (Source: 21 May 2016 FOX News)
Maine Reduces Cash Welfare And Food Stamps By Requiring Work
(20 May 2016) Bill Clinton signed a cash-welfare law in 1996 that imposed a 5-year lifetime limit on eligibility, but some states waived the limit. Effective in 2012, Maine reinstated their five-year limit, but allowed recipients to qualify for exemptions from a list of 8. Since then, the number of recipients declined 62%. Maine waived work requirements for food stamps in 2008. In July 2014, Maine reinstated the work requirements for childless adults and certain others. The number of food stamp recipients dropped from 13,332 in December 2014 to 1,886 in Sept. 2015, an 86% decline. Incomes for able-bodied adults without dependents who left the food stamp program increased 114%.
Fast-Food Restaurants React To Authoritarian Government -- Fewer Jobs
(18 May 2016) Self-service kiosks will be made available to the more than 6,000 Wendy's franchises. Individual restaurant managers will decide whether to install them as an alternative to having human beings take customers' orders. Wendy's might also introduce ordering and payment systems using mobile devices next year. McDonald's is also experimenting with self-service kiosks. (Source: 13 May 2016 Watchdog.org )
Some Kansas Residents Preferred Food Stamps Rather Than Working
(15 May 2016) Kansas was spending $5.5 million per month on food stamp benefits for able-bodied adults. Only 21% were employed and 40% of those employed were working fewer than 20 hours per week. Kansas overturned its exemption from federal work requirements and it now spends $1.2 million per month. 49% of the individuals who left the food stamp rolls found employment within 3 months and 60% found employment within 1 year. Half of those who left the rolls and are working have earnings above the poverty level. (Sources: Foundation for Government Accountability, 25 Apr 2016 Daily Signal)
Environmentalists Scream The Sky Is Falling In 1970 ... Reality Says It Did Not
(15 May 2016) Harvard biologist Dr. George Wald (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine): "civilization will end within 15 or 30 years ... unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind" -- Stanford professor Dr. Paul Ehrlich: "100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years ... population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make" -- North Texas State Univ. professor Peter Gunter: "by the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine" -- Life magazine (folded in 2000): "solid experimental and theoretical evidence" to believe that "in a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution ... by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching Earth by one half" -- David Brower (Sierra Club executive director): "childbearing [will be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license ... potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing" -- Kenneth Watt: "Youll drive up to the pump and say, filler up, buddy, and hell say, I am very sorry, there isnt any ... by the year 2000, there wont be any more crude oil" (Source: 22 Apr 2016 Daily Caller )
Medicare Has Not Been Good Plan For Me
(29 Apr 2016) If my Medicare taxes and premiums had been placed in a private account and earned only 0.94% per year, my Medicare premiums and the interest during the period I have been on Medicare would have paid for my Medicare benefits. When I die, my heirs would receive $49,600. Instead, they will receive nothing from Medicare.
Largest Insurer (United Healthcare) Exiting Obama Care In 28 of Its 34 States
(29 Apr 2016) In 2017, the company will remain in only 6 of the 34 states where it sold Obama Care insurance. (Source: 25 Apr 2016 Daily Signal)
Solar Electricity SunEdison Files Bankruptcy
(24 Apr 2016) SunEdison, a renewable energy development company with $16.1 billion in liabilities, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Their stock was over $33 per share in July of last year. Trading was closed on April 21 at $0.34. (Source: 21 Apr 2016 CNBC)
Liberal UC Berkeley Cutting 500 Jobs As It Faces Higher Minimum Wage
(24 Apr 2016) A week after California Gov. Brown signed into law a 50% increase in the statewide minimum wage (from $10 to $15 per hour) by 2022, the Univ. of California Berkeley chancellor sent a memo to employees announcing that 500 jobs will be cut over the next 2 years. The citys minimum wage is $11. (Source: 22 Apr 2016 Newsmax Finance)
Higher Minimum Wage Resulting In Fewer Jobs
(23 Apr 2016) "California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: The exodus has begun" ... This title was for an article in a very liberal newspaper. No problem. Democrats will buy the votes of the unemployed with Medicaid, food stamps, housing assistance, cash welfare, earned income tax credits, subsidized utilities and subsidized transportation. (Source: 16 Apr 2016 Los Angeles Times)
Will 12 Presidents Be Dishonored Because Of Slavery?
(17 Apr 2016) Houston (a slave owner) school district trustees voted to rename 7 district campuses currently named after confederate leaders at an estimated cost of $1.75 million. Similar actions have occurred elsewhere based on the issue of slavery. Will people demand that presidents be dishonored? Will they demand that the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial be torn down ... and that they be removed from Mount Rushmore? They both owned slaves while president, as did 6 others. In addition, 4 more owned slaves, but not while president. (Sources: Western Washington Univ. librarian Robert Lopresti, 7 March 2016 Texas Scorecard)
Japanese Brands Lead Car / SUV Sales In U.S.
(27 Mar 2016) In 2015, the top car sales in the U.S. were Toyota Camry (429,000), Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Nissan Altima. The top SUV sales were Honda CR-V (346,000) and Toyota RAV4. The top 3 pickup trucks were Ford F-Series (780,000), Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram. Toyota Prius (hybrid) sales were 114,000, but only 4,000 Toyota Prius Plug-In models were sold. Tesla sold an estimated 27,000 (total for S and X models). (Source: Good Car Bad Car)
Room / House Rentals In S.F. Regulated / Taxed Like Hotels
(27 Mar 2016) If people rent a room or their whole house in San Francisco to vacationers, they have had to register with the City and pay a 14% "hotel" tax. Now, they will also have to submit an itemized list of all the "furniture, appliances, supplies, equipment and fixtures" used in their rentals, specifying the costs and acquisition dates. After the assessors office calculates depreciation, their "business personal property" will be subject to a tax of slightly over 1% of its value. (Source: 17 March 2016 San Francisco Chronicle)
Illegal Alien Households Are On Welfare Despite Being Employed
(27 Mar 2016) 57% of illegal alien households get food assistance and 51% get Medicaid. In 2012, 87% of illegal alien households with children benefitted from at least one welfare program. There is a worker present in 95% of illegal alien households. Illegal alien households obviously have low incomes. 820,000 illegal aliens have been arrested, tried and convicted. (Sources: Migration Policy Institute, Center for Immigration Studies, 9 Sep 2015 Breitbart, 14 Mar 2016 Breitbart)
Immigrants And Their Children Have Increased From 6.6% Of Population To 18.9% In 45 Years
(20 Mar 2016) The number of legal and illegal immigrants and their children is 18.9% of the total population, up from 6.6% in 1970. Traditionally, 250,000 immigrants are admitted each year. Since 2000, the number has increased to 1.5 million each year. (Source: Center for Immigration Studies)