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Record High Percentage On Welfare During Czar Obama's Reign

(12 July 2014) The percentage on welfare [living in a family receiving benefits from any of just 3 programs … Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and food stamps (SNAP)] was first calculated in 1993. The percentage was a record low 12.5 in 2000 and a record high 23.1 in 2011. During this period, the percentage of children 5 and under on welfare increased from 19.8 to 38.0. In 2011, 34.8% of children 6 to 10 and 32.0% of children 11 to 15 were on welfare. Only 14.6% of married families were on welfare, while 55.0% of unmarried female-headed families were. In 1940, 3.8% of births were to unmarried women. This percentage began to increase in 1960, reaching 32.6% by 1992. It remained steady for a few years, before rising to 40.7% in 2012 ... the 5th year in a row over 40%. (Source: Dept. of Health and Human Services 2014 Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors)

Immigrants From Central America Tend To Be Illegal, On Welfare, Didn't Graduate And Live In Poverty

(11 July 2014) In 2012, there were 2.7 million immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala … 60% of them illegal aliens. 57% of households headed by an El Salvadoran used at least 1 major welfare program, as did 54% of Honduran households and 49% of Guatemalan households. By comparison, 24% of households headed by a native-born American used at least 1 of these programs. 54% of Guatemalan immigrants between 25 and 65 have not graduated from high school. The figures for Salvadorans and Hondurans are 53% and 44%, respectively. The corresponding figure for native-born Americans is 7%. 32% of Honduran immigrants and their young children (under 18) live in poverty; as do 31% of Guatemalan immigrants and their children, and 28% of Salvadoran immigrants and their children. The corresponding figure for native-born Americans and their children is 14%. (Sources: Census Bureau March 2013 Current Population Survey, July 2014 Center for Immigration Studies)

Looking Forward To Pelosi Being Transported To ER In California

(10 July 2014) Czar Obama claimed Obama Care would reduce the number of people that go to emergency rooms (ERs) instead of going to a doctor. Because many doctors in California are refusing to accept new Covered California (state exchange established as part of Obama Care) and Medicaid patients because of low payments, the statewide average ER wait time has increased to 5 hours. (Source: KMPH TV in Fresno, California)

Obama Care Will Undoubtedly Join Medicare And Medicaid Overpayment History

(10 July 2014) Each year, federal agencies are required to estimate the amount of improper payments they issued. They include overpayments, underpayments, payments to the wrong recipient and payments that were made without proper documentation. In 2013, federal agencies made $97 billion in overpayments and $9 billion in underpayments. The 3 highest overpayments were for Medicare, earned income tax credit and Medicaid ... $48 billion, $15 billion and $14 billion, respectively. With history as my guide, I am confident the new health program, Obama Care, will be high on this list in the future. (Source: 9 July 2014 Associated Press)

National Debt Continues To Soar

(8 July 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 $7.00 trillion to $17.63 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.29 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $0.89 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 2.05 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

Czar Obama Claimed Obama Care Would Cut The Average Family's Premium By About $2,500 Per Year

(6 July 2014) 41 New York health insurance companies have requested premium increases averaging 13% for 2015. MetroPlus, the 3rd largest market share on the state's exchange and 44% of the New York City market, is requesting an average 18.5% increase. MVP, which holds 8% on the state's exchange, asked for an average 19% increase. (Source: 2 July 2014 Capital New York)

Best / Worst Presidents

(3 July 2014) "since World War II ... consider the worst president" ... 33% Obama, 28% Bush, 13% Nixon, 8% Carter

"since World War II ... consider the best president" ... 35% Reagan, 18% Clinton, 15% Kennedy

"Obama administration has been competent in running the government" ... 54% No

"if Mitt Romney had become President ... nation would be better off than it is today or worse off" ... 45% Better ... 38% Worse (Source: 2 July 2014 Quinnipiac Univ. Poll)

GM Recalled 25.68 Million Vehicles In Less Than 6 Months

(2 July 2014) Starting 13 Jan. 2014, Government Motors (GM) has recalled 25.68 million vehicles in the U.S. for safety-related repairs, equal to more than 9 times their 2013 U.S. sales. (Source: 30 June 2014 USA TODAY)

Don't Let The World Bank Control Your Pension Plan

(30 June 2014) World Bank Pres. Jim Yong said that pension funds should invest in "green assets" instead of fossil fuel companies. Starting 1 Jan. 2002, the STOXX Global 1800 Oil & Gas Index has increased 81.5%, while the RENIXX Renewable Energy Industrial Index has dropped 64.6 %.

Economics 101: U.S. Company Moves To Ireland

(29 June 2014) Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company, has announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from Minneapolis to Dublin, Ireland. With the U.S. corporate tax rate at 35%, Medtronic would rather move to where the tax rate is only 12.5%. Medtronic will have more money to invest and grow their company. (Source: 23 June 2014 Townhall)

D.C.'s Goal To Increase Commuting Cost, Pollution And Taxpayer Subsidies

(24 June 2014) A District of Columbia goal is to reduce auto commuting from 54% of all workers in the district to no more than 25% by shifting to urban transit. In 2012, the average U.S. car and light truck emitted 268 grams of carbon dioxide per passenger-mile, compared to 285 grams for Washington's transit system. Americans spend about a trillion dollars a year buying, maintaining, operating and insuring cars, and subsidizing highways. They travel about 4 trillion passenger-miles per year ... 25 cents per passenger-mile ... 24 cents paid by users and 1 cent by subsidies. In 2012, Washington's urban-area transit system operated 2.5 billion passenger- miles at a cost of $3 billion ... $1.20 per passenger-mile ... 34 cents paid by users and 86 cents by taxpayers. (Source: 6 June 2014 Cato Institute)

The Other 3 Largest Users Of Coal Are All Increasing The Amount They Burn

(24 June 2014) From 2000 to 2011, the annual amount of coal burned in China increased from 1.5 to 3.8 billion tons. During the same period, the amount burned in the U.S. decreased from approximately 1.1 to 1.0 billion tons. China’s increase was 23 times the U.S.’s decrease. At the same time, the increase in cost of U.S. electricity hurt the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing … we bought more foreign goods and lost jobs. Is our pain worth our very small impact on world pollution? (Source: Apr. 2014, National Geographic)

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