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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Amtrak Is Just Another Welfare Program

(22 May 2015) In 1970, the hybrid government-private National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) was created. Since then, Amtrak has received $45 billion from federal taxpayers. In 2012, 40 of the 44 routes lost money. This year, 74% of the $1.9 billion of costs will be paid by the taxpayers. (Sources: 1 Mar 2013 Brookings, 13 Nov 2013 Congressional Budget Office (CBO))

Hawaii Health Care Exchange Closing Due To Insufficient Enrollees

(22 May 2015) Hawaii is shutting down its struggling state-based health care exchange (Hawaii Health Connector (HHC)). It has 37,000 enrollees, far short of the roughly 70,000 needed to raise enough money to sustain it. In March, Obama Care told HHC the exchange was out of compliance because it was not financially self-sustainable. New enrollments were halted on May 15. HHC will transfer to a temporary system by Sept. 30 and enrollees will have to sign up in healthcare.gov for 2016. HHC, established by Obama Care, has received $204.3 million in federal grants to build and sustain the exchange it is closing. (Source: 9 May 2015 Honolulu Star)

Food Czar Michelle Obama Has A New Friend

(18 May 2015) Dairy Queen became politically correct and a hypocrite at the same time. It is going to delete soda from its kids’ menu. However, the kids’ vanilla ice cream cone has more calories (170, 150), more fat (4.5, 0 g), more sodium (75, 30 mg) and more cholesterol (15, 0 mg) than a kids’ Pepsi (Source: Dairy Queen).

Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Cost Percentage Increasing With Obama Care

(18 May 2015) In 1961, 43% of money spent on health care was out-of-pocket. By 2010, it had declined to 12%. With Obama Care, it rose to 14.8% in 2012 and to 15.2% in 2013. (Sources: 27 Mar 2012 George Mason Univ. Mercatus Center, Feb 2015 Health Care Cost Institute)

Taxpayers Buy Their Food, They Become Obese And Unhealthy, Taxpayers Provide Their Health Care

(18 May 2015) 30% of people who have too much income to qualify for food stamps (SNAP) are obese. 32% who are eligible but do not receive food stamps are obese. 40% who receive food stamps are obese … many of them receive Medicaid. (Sources: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for 2007-2010, Dept. of Agriculture (USDA))

NY, Chicago, LA Lose Residents … Houston, Dallas, Austin Gain

(10 May 2015) The 3 metro areas with the largest positive net migrations during 2010-2014 were Houston, Dallas and Austin (all more than 100,000). The 3 losing the most were New York (more than 500,000), Chicago (more than 200,000) and Los Angeles (more than 200,000). (Sources: Census Bureau, 26 Mar 2015 The Atlantic)

Social Security, Medicare And Federal Income Taxes Are 14% Of GDP

(10 May 2015) In fiscal 2014, individual federal income tax receipts were 8.1% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Social insurance taxes, which include Social Security and Medicare taxes collected from workers' wages, rose to 5.9% of GDP. (Sources: Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, 31 Mar 2015 Reuters)

Clinton's Only Democrat Opponent So Far Is A Socialist

(10 May 2015) Sanders first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1972. He was the candidate of the socialist Liberty Union Party and got just 2.2% of the votes. He has stated, "Yeah. I wouldn't deny it. Not for one second. I'm a democratic socialist." He had or has a photo of Eugene Debs, the Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1912, on his congressional wall. (Source: 5 Nov 2006 Washington Post)

Black Families

(9 May 2015) By the time they are 17 years old, only 17% of black children live with their married biological parents. In 2013, 72% of all births to black women occurred outside of marriage. In Baltimore, 69% of black children live without a father in the home. (Sources: Child Trends, 2011 Pew Research, 2012 Census Bureau)

Czar Obama Hates Oil, Not Just Coal

(9 May 2015) From fiscal 2010 to 2014, crude oil production increased 88.8% on non-federal lands, but decreased 10.2% on federal onshore and offshore leases. (Sources: 30 Mar 2015 Energy Information Administration, 3 Apr Congressional Research Service)

Insurance Company Destroyed By Obama Care

(9 May 2015) Before Obama Care, Assurant Health underwrote its customer's policies, which gave the company a competitive edge. Obama Care prohibited their underwriting. Assurant Health, founded in 1892, had a $64 million loss in 2014. During the first 3 months of 2015, the company reported operating losses of $80 to $90 million. The company will either be sold or closed.

Millions Of Birds And Bats Killed By Wind Turbines

(9 May 2015) In 2009, Exxon Mobil paid $600,000 for killing 85 birds in five states. In Nov. 2013, Duke Energy paid a $41 million fine for killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at 2 wind farms in Wyoming from 2009 to 2013. In Dec. 2013, Czar Obama finalized a regulation allowing wind electricity companies to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government. 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats were killed by wind turbines in 1 year. No solar facilities have been fined. Sources: (Wildlife Society Bulletin, 29 Apr 2015 Institute for Energy Research)

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