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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

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)

Amtrak Is Just Another Welfare Program

(22 May 2015) In 1970, the hybrid government-private National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) was created. Since then, Amtrak has received $45 billion from federal taxpayers. In 2012, 40 of the 44 routes lost money. This year, 74% of the $1.9 billion of costs will be paid by the taxpayers. (Sources: 1 Mar 2013 Brookings, 13 Nov 2013 Congressional Budget Office (CBO))

Hawaii Health Care Exchange Closing Due To Insufficient Enrollees

(22 May 2015) Hawaii is shutting down its struggling state-based health care exchange (Hawaii Health Connector (HHC)). It has 37,000 enrollees, far short of the roughly 70,000 needed to raise enough money to sustain it. In March, Obama Care told HHC the exchange was out of compliance because it was not financially self-sustainable. New enrollments were halted on May 15. HHC will transfer to a temporary system by Sept. 30 and enrollees will have to sign up in healthcare.gov for 2016. HHC, established by Obama Care, has received $204.3 million in federal grants to build and sustain the exchange it is closing. (Source: 9 May 2015 Honolulu Star)

Food Czar Michelle Obama Has A New Friend

(18 May 2015) Dairy Queen became politically correct and a hypocrite at the same time. It is going to delete soda from its kids’ menu. However, the kids’ vanilla ice cream cone has more calories (170, 150), more fat (4.5, 0 g), more sodium (75, 30 mg) and more cholesterol (15, 0 mg) than a kids’ Pepsi (Source: Dairy Queen).

Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Cost Percentage Increasing With Obama Care

(18 May 2015) In 1961, 43% of money spent on health care was out-of-pocket. By 2010, it had declined to 12%. With Obama Care, it rose to 14.8% in 2012 and to 15.2% in 2013. (Sources: 27 Mar 2012 George Mason Univ. Mercatus Center, Feb 2015 Health Care Cost Institute)

Taxpayers Buy Their Food, They Become Obese And Unhealthy, Taxpayers Provide Their Health Care

(18 May 2015) 30% of people who have too much income to qualify for food stamps (SNAP) are obese. 32% who are eligible but do not receive food stamps are obese. 40% who receive food stamps are obese … many of them receive Medicaid. (Sources: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for 2007-2010, Dept. of Agriculture (USDA))

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