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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Taxpayers Fund Schools For Unaccompanied Illegal Alien Children

(23 Sept 2014) Unaccompanied illegal alien children have been relocated to every state, stressing local education budgets. The biggest cost is $147.7 million in New York this school year. Louisiana is among the 10 states that have received the most illegal alien children. The state will pay $25.8 million this year, including Jefferson Parish School System's $4.6 million. (Sources: Louisiana Dept. of Education, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Washington Free Beacon, 20 Sept 2014 Townhall)

Illegal Aliens Here Average Of 12.7 Years

(21 Sept 2014) The average time an illegal alien has been living in the U.S. is 12.7 years. More than 60% have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years, up from 35% in 2000. (Sources: Pew Research Center, 17 Sept 2014 Daily Signal)

Minnesota's Largest Obama Care Insurer Of Individuals Is Dropping Out

(21 Sept 2014) PreferredOne Health Insurance, the largest on Minnesota's Obama Care exchange (59% of individual MNsure sign-ups) is dropping out in 2015 because the government health exchange is unsustainable. The company is losing money on administrative costs for plans offered on the bureaucratic government exchange. PreferredOne had lower rates than any other insurer on the exchange. When their plans disappear, customers will see a significant rate hike if they choose to continue on the Obama Care exchange. (Source: 16 Sept 2014 Daily Caller)

Obama Care Subsidies To Individuals And Medicaid Will Cost $707 Billion Per Year

(21 Sept 2014) The cost of Obama Care subsidies that taxpayers will pay for policies purchased on government insurance exchanges for people who earn under 400% of the federal poverty level will be $17 billion this year and $137 billion in 2024. In addition, Obama Care expands Medicaid rolls by providing subsidies to states that make people earning up to 133% of the poverty income level eligible for the program. People signing up for insurance on the government exchange with income below that level must enroll in Medicaid. In 2013, prior to the exchange, the federal government spent $265 billion on Medicaid. In 2024, Medicaid spending will be $570 billion. (Sources: Congressional Budget Office, 15 Sept 2014 CNS News)

After Spending $22 Trillion, Poverty Rate Same As In 1967

(21 Sept 2014) The poverty rate was decreasing when Lyndon Johnson launched the "war on poverty" in 1964. Since its beginning, $22 trillion have been spent (in constant 2012 dollars). Johnson asserted that the War on Poverty would actually shrink the welfare rolls and transform the poor from "taxeaters" into "taxpayers". The poverty rate was 14% in 1967, the same as in 2012. The federal government currently runs more than 80 welfare programs for low income people. Federal and state spending on these programs was $0.94 trillion in 2013. (Source: 16 Sept 2014 Daily Signal)

Taxpayers Pay Record 46% Of Health Care Costs

(16 Sept 2014) Federal, state and local governments will spend a total of $1.4 trillion on health care this year ... a record 46% of the nation's total health care cost. Consumers' out-of-pocket expenses will be only 11%. Medicaid spending will increase 18.4% this year, largely due to 28 states' expansions of their Medicaid programs under Obama Care. The less consumers have to pay for the cost of health care, the more services they will request. (Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 5 Sept 2014 Investor's Business Daily)

Daily Teenage Marijuana Use Significantly Reduces Graduation Rates

(15 Sept 2014) 3725 teenagers in Australia and New Zealand were studied until the age of 30. Controlling for 53 potential confounding factors including age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, use of drugs other than marijuana and mental illness was part of the study. Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are over 60% less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They are also 60% less likely to graduate college and 7 times more likely to attempt suicide. (Sources: The Lancet Psychiatry, 9 Sept Washington Post)

If They Are So Smart, Why Are They Unemployed / Underemployed?

(15 Sept 2014) In the 1st half of the 1960s, 15% of U.S. college grades were A's. Now, 43% of college grades are A's. 53% of college grads under 25 are unemployed or underemployed.(Sources: Aug 2014 Texas Public Policy Foundation, 3 Sept Portland Press Herald)

More Single Adults Than Married

(15 Sept 2014) Single Americans make up more than half of the adult (16 and older) population for the 1st time (July) since the government began compiling such statistics in 1976. In 1976, 37.4% of adults were unmarried. In Aug., 50.2% were single. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8Sept 2014 Bloomberg)

California Is Land Of Illegal Aliens And Welfare Recipients

(10 Sept 2014) California has 12% of the U.S. population, but more than 30% of the U.S welfare recipients live there. Half of the state's illegal aliens have been there for at least 10 years. Of the 4.4 million immigrants living in the greater Los Angeles region, 1.1 million are illegal. Illegal aliens make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce. (Source: 19 Aug 2014 Forbes, 3 Sept LA Times)

Solar Plant Causes Birds To Burn In Flight

(10 Sept 2014) Employees at a BrightSource Energy solar plant in California's Ivanpah Dry Lake have a name for birds that fly through the concentrated reflected sun rays and leave a plume of smoke as they ignite in midair ... "streamers". Federal wildlife investigators watched as birds burned and fell to the ground, and retrieved carcasses with feathers charred too severely for flight. The Center for Biological Diversity environmental group estimated 28,000 birds per year will burn and fall to the ground at the plant. (Source: 18 Aug 2014 CNS News)

National Debt Continues To Soar

(9 Sept 2014) In May 2003, Obama called on the Senate to resist Bush's "unprecedented $300 billion deficit" that "underscores the recklessness of the George W. Bush administration and the Republican Congress". During the 2008 campaign, Czar Obama said, "The first thing you do when you're in a hole is what? ... You stop digging. So the first thing that we're going to have to do is to stop adding to our deficit." During the 67 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national debt increased by $7.12 trillion to $17.75 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.27 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $1.01 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 2.02 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

Number On Welfare Grew By 14% In Obama's First 4 Years

(9 Sept 2014) In 2012, there were 109,631,000 people in households receiving welfare (benefits based on low-income) ... 35.4% of the population ... more than the 103,087,000 full-time year-round employees. 82,679,000 lived in households with Medicaid ... 51,471,000 lived in households with food stamps ... 22,526,000 lived in households with the Women, Infants and Children program ... 20,355,000 were in households with Supplemental Security Income ... 13,267,000 lived in public housing or got housing subsidies ... 5,442,000 lived in households with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ... 4,517,000 lived in households that received other forms of federal cash assistance. When Czar Obama was elected in the 4th quarter of 2008, there were 96,197,000 people living in households receiving federal welfare benefits. After 4 years, by the 4th quarter of 2012, the number had grown by 13,434,000. (Sources: Census Bureau, 20 Aug. 2014 CNS News)

Many Of Aetna's Obama Care Enrollees Didn't Pay

(9 Sept 2014) Aetna's Obama Care enrollments reached 720,000 by May 20, after the end to the extended open enrollment period. By the end of June, Aetna had less than 600,000 paying customers. (Sources: Investor's Business Daily, 11 Aug. 2014 Daily Caller)

42% Of Young Mothers Live With Their Parents

(9 Sept 2014) In 2012, 15% of births were to women who did not finish high school and 23% were to women with only a high school diploma. 42% percent of mothers ages 15-22 live with their parents. “Women with a non-marital birth are more likely to be poor …women with a non-marital first birth are less likely to ever marry and less likely to remain married if they do marry.” (Source: Census Bureau 2012 Supplement to the Current Population Survey and the 2012 American Community Survey)

Given A Choice, Wisconsin Government Employees Flee Unions

(11 Aug 2014) American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Leadership (AFSCME) Council 40 (Madison) reported 32,310 members in 2009. In a May filing, membership had dwindled to 13,256. AFSCME Leadership Council 48 (Milwaukee) reported that its membership was 3405, down from the 9043 in 2010. The unions have taken financial hits as well. Council 40 reported taking in $5.5 million in annual membership dues in the May report, down from the almost $10 million it reported in 2011. Council 48 reported taking in $0.73 million, down from $2 million in 2011. (Source: 12 Aug. 2014 Washington Examiner)

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