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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Interior Dept. Does Not Keep Tract Of Grants Awarded To Buy Land

(14 Aug 2017) In 2014-15, there were 16 Interior Dept. programs that awarded 701 grants to purchase $815 million worth of land. Interior "does not centrally track information about grants awarded for the purpose of acquiring land" and many of the grant recipients did not report their land inventories to the department programs that funded them, which violated federal regulations. (Sources: 2 Aug 2017 Interior Dept. Inspector General, 3 Aug Daily Signal)

Welfare For LA County Illegal Aliens

(6 Aug 2017) Illegal alien families received $1.28 billion in Los Angeles County welfare money during 2015 and 2016 ... more than 58,000 families received a total of $602 million in benefits in 2015 ... more than 64,000 families received a total of $675 million in 2016. During the first 5 months of 2017, more than 60,000 families received a total of $181 million. (Source: LA County Dept. of Public Social Services)

Obama Care Continues To Rot

(6 Aug 2017) 1,332 counties (over 40%) will have only 1 health insurer operating on the Obama Care exchanges in 2018. 40 counties will have no choice. Average premiums increased by 21.6% in 2017. (Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 28 July 2017 Associated Press)

Socialized Health Care: No Surgery For Smokers And Overweight Patients

(6 Aug 2017) In North Yorkshire, England, hospitals have decided to reduce expenses by denying hip and knee surgeries to smokers who refuse to quit, and to those overweight with body mass indices above 30. The British National Health Service and the U.S. Veterans Health Administration are 2 of the last remaining socialized health care systems in the world. Both systems have single-payer government-run health insurance, and the government owns the hospitals and employs the doctors. (Source: 4 Sept 2016 Forbes)

Authoritarian Nanny-State School District Bans Chocolate Milk

(23 July 2017) San Francisco elementary and middle schools will have the devil's brew known as chocolate milk eliminated when they open this fall ... eliminated in the high schools in the spring. Los Angeles banned it over a period of 6 years before serving it again. Schools serving only white milk wound up with far less milk consumed and more thrown in the trash. (Source: 16 July 2017 Hot Air)

Low-Income People Pay For Tax Credits When High-Income People Buy Electric Cars

(23 July 2017) Since 2006, 90% of all tax credits for buying electric vehicles went to people with incomes in the top 20%. (Source: July 2015 Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley)

Lifeline Phone / Internet Service Rips Off Taxpayers

(9 July 2017) The FCC's Lifeline program, administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), helps low-income, fake and dead people pay for phone and Internet service. Lifeline paid $1.5 billion in subsidies last year to more than 12 million households. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed 3.5 million Lifeline accounts during its 3-year audit and was unable to confirm eligibility for 1.2 million. Investigators also found that thousands of active Lifeline accounts belong to non-existent or dead people and that the FCC has provided little to no substantive review of the program during its 30 years of existence. Undercover investigators applied to work for a company that contracts with Lifeline providers to verify applicants’ eligibility. The company hired them without background checks or interviews and then paid them as they enrolled fake applicants in the program using fabricated eligibility documentation. USAC is supposed to audit telecom providers to make sure they’re paying their share of contributions into a fund for the Lifeline program. In its audit, the GAO reported that the corporation never audited more than 0.5% of the providers. (Sources: Government Accountability Office, 5 July 2017 Sacramento Bee)

E-85 Is 15.1% More Expensive Than Gasoline To Drive The Same Distance

(9 July 2017) In April 2017, the average price of gas (up to 10% ethanol) sold was $2.38. The price of E-85 (average 70% ethanol) was $2.74, adjusted to reflect the lower energy content. (Source: energy.gov)

2 Largest Soda Sales Decreases ... Regular Or Diet?

(6 July 2017) In 2016, Diet Pepsi sales decreased 9.2% and Diet Coke decreased 4.3%. (Sources: Beverage Digest, 19 Apr 2017 Fortune)

Medicaid Generated No Significant Improvements In Physical Health

(1 July 2017) In 2008, Oregon experimented with expanding Medicaid to low-income adults to assess the effects on health outcomes over 2 years. Data was obtained from 6,387 adults who were randomly selected for Medicaid coverage and 5,842 adults who were not selected. "Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first 2 years," (Source: 2 May 2013 New England Journal of Medicine)

Voter Fraud Does Not Exist ... Really?

(1 July 2017) An employee of Democrat Party affiliate Harrisonburg Votes plead guilty to fabricating 18 Virginia voter registration forms using names, addresses and ages at random from Democrat data. Virginia removed more than 5,500 noncitizens from voter lists, including 1,852 people who had cast more than 7,000 ballots. In 2012, 3.2 million to 5.6 million noncitizens were registered to vote in the U.S., and 1.2 million to 3.6 million of them voted. (Sources: May 2017 Public Interest Legal Foundation, Harvard / YouGov, Just Facts, 19 June 2017 Washington Times, 27 June Townhall)

74.5 Million On Medicaid ... $574 Billion Per Year

(30 June 2017) Medicaid enrollment has increased from 29 million in 1990 to 74.5 million in April 2017 ... an increase of more than 150% over a period when the population increased 30%. Medicaid covers 16.6 million more than Medicare. Medicaid costs $574 billion, 175% more than the $209 billion in 2000. In 1967, 95% of men 25 to 54 years old were working ... 85% now. Among all people 25 to 54 years old not working, 53% are on Medicaid. Among men 25 to 54 years old not in the military, 21% are on Medicaid. (Sources: Manhattan Institute City Journal, Census Bureau, 28 June 2017 Townhall)

Only 4 Of 23 Obama Care Health Insurance Co-ops Will Exist In 2018

(30 June 2017) 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. Minuteman Health was awarded $156.4 million in taxpayer-funded loans in 2012 and 2013, and is withdrawing from the Obama Care exchanges in 2018, leaving only 4 co-ops in operation. Very little, if any, of the $1.24 billion in federal start-up and solvency loans to the failed co-ops will be repaid. (Source: 28 June 2017 Washington Free Beacon)

Higher Minimum Wage ... Fewer Hours Worked / Less Monthly Pay Or Loss Of Job

(28 June 2017) In 2014, Seattle passed a minimum-wage law that increases gradually to $15 per hour in 2018. Starting in 2016, the minimum was $10.50 to $13, depending on business size, benefits and tips. The law has increased wages by 3%, but monthly pay decreased by $125 because of reductions in hours. The law also caused a loss of 5,000 jobs. (Sources: Univ. of Washington, 26 June 2017 National Bureau of Economic Research)

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