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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Unemployment Rates For 16 And Older In April-June 2016

(24 July 2016) Asian 3.8%, non-Hispanic white 4.2%, Hispanic 5.6% and black 8.3%. The rate for 16-19 year-old blacks was 30%. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Average Annual Incomes For 15 And Older In 2014

(24 July 2016) Asian $49,886, non-Hispanic white $46,588, black $32,832 and Hispanic $31,025. (Source: 2015 Census Bureau)

The Wind Does Not Always Blow And Sun Does Not Always Shine

(23 July 2016) Electricity production as a percentage of capacity for plants entering service in 2020: nuclear 90%, natural gas 87%, coal 85%, hydroelectric 54%, wind 36% and solar 25%. (Source: 21 July 2016 U.S. Energy Information Administration)

People Yell For More Gun Control, But Not For More Prescription Drug Control

(21 July 2016) In 2014, there were 8,124 homicides with firearms. That same year, there were 18,893 prescription opioid overdose deaths. (Sources: FBI, National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Only 8 Of The Obama Care Co-ops Are Alive

(18 July 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. With the folding of Connecticut's HealthyCT and Oregon's Health Co-Op, only 8 of the 23 co-ops are left. 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: 12 July 2016 Washington Free Beacon)

Demonstrations In Cleveland Will Get Ugly

(14 July 2016) Blacks are 13% of the U.S. population and 53% of Cleveland. During the last several presidential elections, at least 83% of blacks voted for the Democrat. Blacks do not support Republicans. Democrats, including blacks, love to participate in demonstrations and will at the Republican convention in Cleveland. In 2014, blacks committed a disproportionately large percentage of crimes in the U.S. -- 24% of property damage crimes, 36% of assaults and 49% of homicides. It is no surprise that the assault crime rate in Cleveland was 4.24 per 1000 residents, compared to the U.S. rate of 2.32 per 1000 residents. I predict that demonstrations at the Republican convention will result in assaults and property damage.

Higher Minimum Wage And Fewer Employed

(11 July 2016) In 2014, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the effects of an increase in the federal minimum wage ... to $10.10 an hour by 2016 and then adjusting annually for inflation. One of the conclusions was that 500,000 jobs would be lost due to staffing reductions. (Source: BOSS Magazine)

National Public Debt Continues To Soar

(11 July 2016) During the 89 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $8.75 trillion to $19.38 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.

2014 Foreign Assistance By Country

(4 July 2016) Loans, contracts and grants, but not debt forgiveness: (1) Afghanistan $7.26 billion, (2) Israel $3.12 billion, (3) Jordan $1.14 billion, (4) Pakistan $0.98 billion, (5) Kenya $0.89 billion, (21) Mexico $332 million. $332 million a year would help stop the influx of illegal aliens. (Source: 15 June 2016 InsideGov)

Liberals Are Fuming That Diet Soda Sales Are Decreasing, Not Regular Soda

(4 July 2016) Since 2005, consumption of diet soda has fallen by more than 27%. In the last 15 years, the volume of diet soda decreased from nearly 30% of all carbonated beverages to approximately 25%. Diet brands have accounted for 94% of all soda declines since 2010. (Source: 16 June 2016 AOL)

The EPA Will Kill Gasoline And Diesel Vehicles … Like It Is Doing With Coal

(2 July 2016) Ford gave the F-150 truck an aluminum body, smaller turbocharged engines and a lighter steel frame to meet the government's 2016 emission and fuel-economy mandates. The initiative took 6 years and cost more than $1 billion. 40% of the F-150s don't comply with the 2016 mandates. By 2025, the targets will be much more stringent. (Source: 16 June 2016 Bloomberg)

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. Brown’s 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)

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)

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