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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY
More Guns And Fewer Homicides With Guns
(18 June 2016) The number of firearms possessed by civilians has steadily INCREASED: 242, 259, 294 and 310 million in 1996, 2000, 2007 and 2009, respectively. However, homicides with firearms have steadily DECREASED: 10,129 - 9,528 - 9,199 - 8,874 and 8,124 in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014, respectively. (Sources: FBI, ATF, Congressional Research Service)
Will California Ban Gasoline And Diesel Cars To Force Sales Of Electric Cars?
(18 June 2016) The California Air Resources Board Chairwoman has said all internal combustion engine cars must be off the road by 2050 to meet Gov. Browns target of drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions by that time. Currently, only 3% of cars sold in California are zero-tailpipe-emission models. (17 June 2016 LA Times)
E-85 Is 16% More Expensive Than Gasoline To Drive The Same Distance
(16 June 2016) In April 1 to April 15, the average price of gas (up to 10% ethanol) sold was $2.06. The price of E-85 (average 70% ethanol) was $2.39, adjusted to reflect the lower energy content. (Source: Dept. of Energy)
3.1 Million New Illegal Aliens And Legal Immigrants In 2014-15
(11 June 2016) The number of new illegal aliens increased from 700,000 in 2012-13 to 1.1 million in 2014-15. The number of new legal immigrants increased from 1.6 million to 2.03 million during the same time period. (Sources: Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, June 2016 Center for Immigration Studies)
National Public Debt Continues To Soar
(11 June 2016) During the 88 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $8.63 trillion to $19.27 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.18 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 1.87 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.
12 Of The 23 Obama Care Co-ops Are Dead And 8 Are Dying
(28 May 2016) Czar Obama claimed the 23 tax-funded non-profit health insurance co-ops created by Obama Care would successfully compete with for-profit commercial insurance companies and drive down health care costs. The co-op program was funded with $2.5 billion in 2010. Insurance regulators are liquidating the 12 co-ops that have closed their doors. Most of the $1.2 billion provided to the failed co-ops isn't expected to be paid back. 8 of the remaining 11 are in an "enhanced oversight" program or are operating under a federally imposed "corrective action plan" because of poor financial conditions. (Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 27 May 2016 Daily Caller)
Cover Oregon, An Obama Care Insurance Exchange, Wasted $305 Million
(28 May 2016) "More than $305 million in federal taxpayer dollars were sent to Oregon state for purposes of implementing a state exchange to benefit the people The state exchange never came to fruition, and the money is gone." The website never worked people enrolled with paper forms and then re-enrolled in the federal exchange. Cover Oregon was dissolved in March 2015. There has been no effort by the Dept. for Health and Human Services to retrieve the lost funds. (Source: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
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.