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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Given A Choice, Drivers Don't Use E-85

(2 Nov 2014) Flex-fuel vehicles, designed to use either gasoline (10% ethanol) or E-85 (85% ethanol), use an average of 16 gallons per year of E-85. (Sources: Biotechnology Industry Organization, 30 Oct 2014 Washington Examiner)

882,943 Illegal Aliens Legally Required To Leave Are Still Here And Not In Custody

(2 Nov 2014) "ICE's weekly metrics report includes information on the number of aliens who have been issued a final order of removal, but who remain in the country. As of September 20, 2014, the total number of such aliens was 897,572. Of these, 1.6% (14,629) were in ICE custody. 174,258 of these post-final-order deportable aliens were convicted criminals. Only 4.3% (7,477) of the convicted criminal post-final-order aliens were detained in ICE custody." (Sources: 22 Sept 2014 Dept. of Homeland Security, October 2014 Center for Immigration Studies)

Employers Stop Providing Health Insurance Because Of Obama Care Premium Increases

(2 Nov 2014) Some employers are facing health care premium increases as they shift to plans that meet Obama Care requirements. Because the law doesn't penalize companies with fewer than 50 workers that don't offer coverage, WellPoint Inc. has lost about 300,000 people in its small-business-plan membership in 2014. (Source: 29 Oct 2014 Wall Street Journal)

Yes, There Is Voter Fraud

(2 Nov 2014) Thousands of people in Frederick County, Virginia who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty or they cast illegal votes ... both are crimes. Non-citizens are prohibited from voting in all state and federal elections. Also, 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland. Maryland issues drivers licenses to legal and illegal aliens. Drivers' licenses in turn make it easier under the Motor Voter law to register to vote. (Sources: Virginia Voters Alliance, 29 Oct 2014 PJ Media)

Health Insurance Premium Increases Of 22.7 To 78.2%

(29 Oct 2014) Dept. of Health and Human Services insurance company records for people 23, 30 and 63 years old who did not smoke, did not have a spouse or children and lived in the 2 largest metropolitan areas of each state were analyzed. Average premiums for 2014 increased 78.2%, 73.4% and 22.7%, respectively, for men; and 44.9%, 35.1% and 37.5% for women. These increases did not reflect taxpayer subsidies offered to those earning less than 400% of the federal poverty limit. (Sources: Health Pocket, 28 Oct 2014Washington Times)

214,000 Doctors Say No To Obama Care Plans

(29 Oct 2014) On average, Medicare pays doctors 20% less than plans in the private market and Obama Care exchange plans pay 40% less. Obama Care requires insurers who sell plans on the exchanges to keep coverage active for 90 days after a customer has stopped paying premiums. As of May 2014, over 214,000 doctors wouldn't participate in Obama Care plans. (Sources: American Action Forum, 27 Oct 2014 Daily Caller)

71% Of Increase In Individuals With Health Insurance Was Due To Medicaid

(29 Oct 2014) In the first 6 months of this year, enrollment in individual-market health care plans (both on and off the exchanges) increased by 6,254,564 and enrollment in private employer-sponsored group plans declined by 3,788,978 individuals ... a net increase of 2,465,586. At the same time, Medicaid enrollment increased by 5,716,977 in the states that implemented Obama Care Medicaid expansion and by 355,674 in the states that did not implement Obama Care Medicaid expansion. Medicaid recipients pay virtually nothing for their medical treatment ... taxpayers do. (Source: 22 Oct. 2014 Daily Signal)

Illegal Aliens Follow Czar Obama's Lead ... Ignore The Law

(16 Oct 2014) Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed that about 70% of illegal alien families released in the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments. Also, final deportation had been ordered for at least 860 people traveling in families caught at the border since May, but only 14 reported as ordered. (Source: 25 Sept 2014 AP)

Unemployed Not Even Looking For Full-Time Jobs

(16 Oct 2014) More than 20% laid off in the past 5 years are still unemployed and 25% who found work have a temporary job. During the summer, only 26% sought full-time jobs. (Sources: Rutgers University Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, 22 Sept 2014 USA TODAY)

Czar Obama Told Us Premiums Would Drop

(16 Oct 2014) Iowa's state insurance commissioner approved Wellmark's premium hikes between 11.9% and 14.5%, affecting 19,000 individual policyholders who have Obama Care compliant plans. CoOportunity, one of the main companies offering insurance on the Obama Care exchange, will increase its rates 19%. (Sources: 8 Oct 2014 Des Moines Register, 9 Oct Breitbart)

D.C.'s Students [Black With Low Income Parent(s)] Not Proficient In Reading And Math

(16 Oct 2014) D.C. has the highest percentage of black (76%) and low-income (78%) students. Only 10% of students are proficient in reading and math ... the lowest percentage in the nation. Students' chances for college attendance by age 19 are the lowest in the nation. Out of 9 indicators of educational achievement, D.C. received five F's one D+, one C+, and two A's. (Sources: Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on K-12 Educational Effectiveness, 19 Sept 2014 CNS News)

National Debt Continues To Soar

(11 Oct 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 68 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national debt increased by $7.19 trillion to $17.82 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.27 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $1.09 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.

Taxpayers Fund Schools For Unaccompanied Illegal Alien Children

(23 Sept 2014) Unaccompanied illegal alien children have been relocated to every state, stressing local education budgets. The biggest cost is $147.7 million in New York this school year. Louisiana is among the 10 states that have received the most illegal alien children. The state will pay $25.8 million this year, including Jefferson Parish School System's $4.6 million. (Sources: Louisiana Dept. of Education, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Washington Free Beacon, 20 Sept 2014 Townhall)

Illegal Aliens Here Average Of 12.7 Years

(21 Sept 2014) The average time an illegal alien has been living in the U.S. is 12.7 years. More than 60% have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years, up from 35% in 2000. (Sources: Pew Research Center, 17 Sept 2014 Daily Signal)

Minnesota's Largest Obama Care Insurer Of Individuals Is Dropping Out

(21 Sept 2014) PreferredOne Health Insurance, the largest on Minnesota's Obama Care exchange (59% of individual MNsure sign-ups) is dropping out in 2015 because the government health exchange is unsustainable. The company is losing money on administrative costs for plans offered on the bureaucratic government exchange. PreferredOne had lower rates than any other insurer on the exchange. When their plans disappear, customers will see a significant rate hike if they choose to continue on the Obama Care exchange. (Source: 16 Sept 2014 Daily Caller)

Obama Care Subsidies To Individuals And Medicaid Will Cost $707 Billion Per Year

(21 Sept 2014) The cost of Obama Care subsidies that taxpayers will pay for policies purchased on government insurance exchanges for people who earn under 400% of the federal poverty level will be $17 billion this year and $137 billion in 2024. In addition, Obama Care expands Medicaid rolls by providing subsidies to states that make people earning up to 133% of the poverty income level eligible for the program. People signing up for insurance on the government exchange with income below that level must enroll in Medicaid. In 2013, prior to the exchange, the federal government spent $265 billion on Medicaid. In 2024, Medicaid spending will be $570 billion. (Sources: Congressional Budget Office, 15 Sept 2014 CNS News)

After Spending $22 Trillion, Poverty Rate Same As In 1967

(21 Sept 2014) The poverty rate was decreasing when Lyndon Johnson launched the "war on poverty" in 1964. Since its beginning, $22 trillion have been spent (in constant 2012 dollars). Johnson asserted that the War on Poverty would actually shrink the welfare rolls and transform the poor from "taxeaters" into "taxpayers". The poverty rate was 14% in 1967, the same as in 2012. The federal government currently runs more than 80 welfare programs for low income people. Federal and state spending on these programs was $0.94 trillion in 2013. (Source: 16 Sept 2014 Daily Signal)

Taxpayers Pay Record 46% Of Health Care Costs

(16 Sept 2014) Federal, state and local governments will spend a total of $1.4 trillion on health care this year ... a record 46% of the nation's total health care cost. Consumers' out-of-pocket expenses will be only 11%. Medicaid spending will increase 18.4% this year, largely due to 28 states' expansions of their Medicaid programs under Obama Care. The less consumers have to pay for the cost of health care, the more services they will request. (Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 5 Sept 2014 Investor's Business Daily)

Daily Teenage Marijuana Use Significantly Reduces Graduation Rates

(15 Sept 2014) 3725 teenagers in Australia and New Zealand were studied until the age of 30. Controlling for 53 potential confounding factors including age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, use of drugs other than marijuana and mental illness was part of the study. Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are over 60% less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They are also 60% less likely to graduate college and 7 times more likely to attempt suicide. (Sources: The Lancet Psychiatry, 9 Sept Washington Post)

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)

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