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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY
If They Are So Smart, Why Are They Unemployed / Underemployed?
(15 Sept 2014) In the 1st half of the 1960s, 15% of U.S. college grades were A's. Now, 43% of college grades are A's. 53% of college grads under 25 are unemployed or underemployed.(Sources: Aug 2014 Texas Public Policy Foundation, 3 Sept Portland Press Herald)
More Single Adults Than Married
(15 Sept 2014) Single Americans make up more than half of the adult (16 and older) population for the 1st time (July) since the government began compiling such statistics in 1976. In 1976, 37.4% of adults were unmarried. In Aug., 50.2% were single. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8Sept 2014 Bloomberg)
California Is Land Of Illegal Aliens And Welfare Recipients
(10 Sept 2014) California has 12% of the U.S. population, but more than 30% of the U.S welfare recipients live there. Half of the state's illegal aliens have been there for at least 10 years. Of the 4.4 million immigrants living in the greater Los Angeles region, 1.1 million are illegal. Illegal aliens make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce. (Source: 19 Aug 2014 Forbes, 3 Sept LA Times)
Solar Plant Causes Birds To Burn In Flight
(10 Sept 2014) Employees at a BrightSource Energy solar plant in California's Ivanpah Dry Lake have a name for birds that fly through the concentrated reflected sun rays and leave a plume of smoke as they ignite in midair ... "streamers". Federal wildlife investigators watched as birds burned and fell to the ground, and retrieved carcasses with feathers charred too severely for flight. The Center for Biological Diversity environmental group estimated 28,000 birds per year will burn and fall to the ground at the plant. (Source: 18 Aug 2014 CNS News)
National Debt Continues To Soar
(9 Sept 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." During the 67 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national debt increased by $7.12 trillion to $17.75 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.27 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $1.01 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 2.02 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.
Number On Welfare Grew By 14% In Obama's First 4 Years
(9 Sept 2014) In 2012, there were 109,631,000 people in households receiving welfare (benefits based on low-income) ... 35.4% of the population ... more than the 103,087,000 full-time year-round employees. 82,679,000 lived in households with Medicaid ... 51,471,000 lived in households with food stamps ... 22,526,000 lived in households with the Women, Infants and Children program ... 20,355,000 were in households with Supplemental Security Income ... 13,267,000 lived in public housing or got housing subsidies ... 5,442,000 lived in households with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ... 4,517,000 lived in households that received other forms of federal cash assistance. When Czar Obama was elected in the 4th quarter of 2008, there were 96,197,000 people living in households receiving federal welfare benefits. After 4 years, by the 4th quarter of 2012, the number had grown by 13,434,000. (Sources: Census Bureau, 20 Aug. 2014 CNS News)
Many Of Aetna's Obama Care Enrollees Didn't Pay
(9 Sept 2014) Aetna's Obama Care enrollments reached 720,000 by May 20, after the end to the extended open enrollment period. By the end of June, Aetna had less than 600,000 paying customers. (Sources: Investor's Business Daily, 11 Aug. 2014 Daily Caller)
42% Of Young Mothers Live With Their Parents
(9 Sept 2014) In 2012, 15% of births were to women who did not finish high school and 23% were to women with only a high school diploma. 42% percent of mothers ages 15-22 live with their parents. Women with a non-marital birth are more likely to be poor women with a non-marital first birth are less likely to ever marry and less likely to remain married if they do marry. (Source: Census Bureau 2012 Supplement to the Current Population Survey and the 2012 American Community Survey)
Given A Choice, Wisconsin Government Employees Flee Unions
(11 Aug 2014) American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Leadership (AFSCME) Council 40 (Madison) reported 32,310 members in 2009. In a May filing, membership had dwindled to 13,256. AFSCME Leadership Council 48 (Milwaukee) reported that its membership was 3405, down from the 9043 in 2010. The unions have taken financial hits as well. Council 40 reported taking in $5.5 million in annual membership dues in the May report, down from the almost $10 million it reported in 2011. Council 48 reported taking in $0.73 million, down from $2 million in 2011. (Source: 12 Aug. 2014 Washington Examiner)
Czar Obama Flip-Flops Now That He Gets To Pick Winners And Losers
(11 Aug 2014) In 2008, Senator Obama described the Export-Import Bank as "I'm not a Democrat who believes we can or should defend every government program just because it's there ... There are some programs that have been duplicated by other programs that we just need to cut back, like ... the Export-Import Bank that's become little more than a fund for corporate welfare." On Aug. 5, Czar Obama said, "House Republicans can help by reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank ... That is the right thing to do. It's pretty straightforward. And you business leaders can help make clear that it is critical to U.S. business."
Pot Causing More Vehicle Fatalities?
(11 Aug 2014) In 2006 through 2008, Colorado averaged 35 drivers per year in fatal accidents who tested positive for marijuana. In 2010 through 2012 (with legal medical marijuana), Colorado averaged 57. Now, the sale of recreational marijuana is legal.
Never Pass Up An Opportunity To Buy Low-Income Voters
(11 Aug 2014) California Democrat Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez learned that residents cant buy diapers with food stamps (Duh, what food group did she think contained diapers?) and authored a bill. It amends the cash welfare program (CalWORKs) by adding $80 a month to buy diapers for children under the age of 2. The annual cost to taxpayers is estimated to be $100 million. The bill passed the Assembly with no Republican votes and is in the Senate. (Source: 5 Aug. 2014 Fox News)
Taxpayers Told Bay Bridge Span Would Cost $0.78 Billion ... Actually Cost $6.4 Billion
(11 Aug 2014) The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged a span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. It was claimed that a replacement span would cost only a few hundred million dollars more than a retrofit of the damaged span. The cost of the new span was estimated to be $780 million with completion in 2007. Only one bid was received ... $1.4 billion. It was completed in 2013 for $6.4 billion. (Source: 10 Aug. 2014 Townhall)
Government Schools Have 49.8% Non-Hispanic White Students
(11 Aug 2014) For the first time, government schools are expected to have less than 50% non-Hispanic white students this fall. (Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, 9 Aug. 2014 Associated Press)
National Debt Continues To Soar
(9 Aug 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." During the 65 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national debt increased by $7.06 trillion to $17.69 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.28 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $0.95 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 2.04 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.
Soc Sec And Medicare Are 41% Of Federal Expenditures And Trust Funds Are Drying Up
(5 Aug 2014) Social Security and Medicare accounted for 41% of Federal expenditures in fiscal 2013. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund will be depleted by late in 2016, resulting in automatic 20% reductions in payments to beneficiaries. In 2013, SSDI cost $143.4 billion and had 11.0 million recipients. The Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) fund will be depleted in 2030. At that time dedicated revenues will be sufficient to pay 85% of payments. In 2013, Part A cost $266.2 billion. There were a total of 52.3 million enrolled in Medicare. The Social Security Old Age and Survivors Insurance trust fund will be depleted in 2033. Thereafter, tax income will be sufficient to pay 3 /4 of scheduled benefits. In 2013, this program cost $679.5 billion and had 47 million recipients. (Source: July 2014 Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees)