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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Farm Yields Drop Without Fertilizer And Prices Increase

(25 June 2015) A production study of all 14,450 organic farms reported that organic corn, rice, spring wheat and lettuce yields were respectively 30, 41, 53 and 70% lower than respective conventional yields. (Source: 2008 Dept. of Agriculture)

Sotomayor Claims Property Rights Not Violated If Only Some Of Your Property Is Confiscated

(25 June 2015) A 1937 law that allows the Dept. of Agriculture to manipulate the prices of crops by controlling the supply that reaches the marketplace resulted in a 1949 marketing order that allows raisin farmers to form a committee that decides how much of the crop must be turned over to the government each year. The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that it is unconstitutional for the government to force raisin farmers to give up part of their annual crop for less than it's worth. The Court rejected the government's argument that the plaintiff voluntarily chose to participate in the raisin marketing order when he decided not to grow a different crop. Justice Sotomayor, chosen by Czar Obama, was the lone dissenter. Her support for a more authoritarian government was evident when she argued the raisin supply control program was constitutional because it did not deprive the plaintiff of all property rights, it just limited the amount of potential income the plaintiff could earn from part of his raisin crop. (Source: 23 June 2015 Associated Press)

21.3% Of People Get Assistance Based On Their Low Income

(25 June 2015) In 2012, an average 21.3% participated in major government assistance programs for low-income people. Medicaid had the highest participation rate … 15.3%. Food stamps was 13.4%. The black participation rate was 41.6% … Hispanics 36.4% … Asians / Pacific Islanders 17.8% … non-Hispanic whites 13.2% … female head-of-households 50% … did not graduate from high school 37.3%. (Source: 28 May 2015 Census Bureau)

Diversity (More Blacks) More Important Than Air Traffic Safety

(25 May 2015) National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) executive Shelton Snow (also an air traffic controller) sent a lengthy audio message to members of the NBCFAE who hoped to pass the personality test known as the "Biographical Questionnaire" that is required by the FAA. It instructed FAA job applicants how to cheat on the exam. "There is some valuable pieces of information that I have taken a screen shot of and I am going to send that to you via email ... as you progress through the stages refer to those images so you will know which icons you should select." (Source: 22 May 2015 FOX Business)

$100 Billion Was Spent On Food Assistance Last Year

(25 May 2015) The federal government has 18 food assistance programs administered by 3 agencies that benefit 109.9 million people (individuals who participate in more than 1 program are counted multiple times). Food Stamps (SNAP) were provided to 46 million at a cost of $74.6 billion. The school lunch program cost $11.3 billion ... the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) cost $7.1 billion ... nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico cost $1.9 billion. (Source: Government Accountability Office (GAO))

Chicago's Municipal Bonds Are "Junk"

(25 May 2015) Chicago's credit rating was reduced 2 notches, leaving municipal bonds at "junk" status. Government-employee pensions are so underfunded, the shortfall will be nearly 6 times the city's annual budget. The pension debt, quadruple what it was 10 years ago, is $60,000 per household. The Illinois Supreme Court said pensions are sacred, so defaulting is not an option. (Sources: Illinois Policy Institute, 12 May 2015 Moody's, 19 May Fox News)

Cost Nearly Tripled Per Student, Employees Nearly Doubled ... Test Scores Remained The Same

(25 May 2015) The total cost (adjusted for inflation) per government-school student for a K-12 education graduating in a given year increased more than 180% from 1970 to 2010. The number of school employees increased more than 90%. The number of students increased less than 10%. Science test scores decreased slightly, and reading and math scores stayed the same. (Sources: Cato Institute, 21 Mar 2015 Townhall)

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