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Start Of End Of Another U.S. Manufacturing Industry?

(20 Nov 2015) Last spring, Volvo became the first company to import cars from a plant in China. General Motors (GM), after agreeing to a new union contract that is expected to increase its U.S. labor costs, plans to import Chinese-made cars (Buick Envision) early in 2016. GM has 58,000 employees at 11 joint ventures, 2 wholly owned foreign enterprises , a research and development center, a test facility and a parts / repair / maintenance facility in China. GM sold 3,539,970 vehicles in China in 2014 ... more than it sold in the U.S. / Canada / Mexico.

Illegal Aliens Earn Money In U.S. And Send It To Mexico

(20 Nov 2015) In 2013, illegal aliens sent $22 billion back to Mexico ... money that will be spent in Mexico. (Source: FOX News Latino)

California Will Add All 170,000 Illegal Alien Children To Medicaid On January 1

(20 Nov 2015) California will extend Medi-Cal (Medicaid) to all illegal alien children ... approximately 170,000. There is legislation to expand the eligibility to all illegal aliens ... 51% of them have incomes low enough ($32,913 for a family of 4) ... 58% in Los Angeles County. (Sources: Public Policy Institute of California, 13 Nov 2015 FOX News)

12 Of The 23 Obama Care Co-op Insurance Companies Have Folded

(8 Nov 2015) 23 nonprofit insurance companies (consumer oriented and operated plans (co-ops)) launched in 2013 as a result of Obama Care. 12 have collapsed, costing taxpayers $1.2 billion in government-backed loans. (Source: 3 Nov 2015 Washington Times)

Maine Reduces Food Stamp Enrollment By Requiring Employment

(8 Nov 2015) Maine re-implemented a work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents enrolled in the food stamp program (SNAP). Enrollment reached a high of 255,663 recipients in February, 2012 and has decreased to 199,157. (Source: 15 Oct 2015 Daily Signal)

Tesla Has Received $315 Million From U.S. And State Governments ... Will Their Cars Be Imported From China?

(8 Nov 2015) Tesla has received $315 million in 4 years from federal and state programs that redistributed money from other car companies ($3 million, $32 million, $130 million and $150 million in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively). In 2014, Tesla sales were $3.2 billion with a net loss of $294 million. Tesla said the prices of its cars in China could be reduced by 33% if they were made in China. Negotiations with the Chinese government to allow production are underway. Tesla electric cars are assembled in California and the Netherlands. Will Tesla cars be imported to the U.S. from China? (Sources: 16 Feb 2015 Forbes, 23 Oct Wall Street Journal)

Projected Cost Of California Train Twice The Value Told To Voters Before Bond Election

(31 Oct 2015) Prior to the vote on bonds to pay for California's high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco 7 years ago, the estimate was $33 billion dollars. Cost projections, including 2 additional spurs, rose to $98 billion in 2011. The budget was cut to $68 billion (LA to SF) by eliminating the 2 spurs. (Source: 24 Oct 2015 Los Angeles Times)

Colorado To Vote On Taxpayer-Funded Health Care For Everyone Under 65

(30 Oct 2015) Vermont adopted universal health care in 2001, but abandoned it 3 years later because it was too expensive. As a result of collecting signatures, Colorado will vote on taxpayer-funded health coverage (ColoradoCare) for everyone under 65. In addition to the 7.65% tax on payroll that employers pay for employee Social Security and Medicare, they will pay an additional 6.67%. In addition to the 7.65% of their wages that employees pay for Social Security and Medicare, they will pay an additional 3.33%. There will also be a 10% tax on all non-wage income of everyone under 65. The percentages can be raised once a year by a majority of voters under 65. (Source: ColoradoCare Yes)

Seattle’s $11 Minimum Wage And Jobs Lost

(29 Oct 2015) Washington’s state minimum wage is $9.47 per hour. In June 2014, Seattle passed its own minimum wage of $11 an hour starting 1 April 2015. Seattle’s wage increases to $15 by 2017. This year, through September, the state gained 5,800 restaurant jobs and Seattle lost 700. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 21 Oct 2015 American Enterprise Institute)

6 Of 23 Obama Care Co-op Insurance Companies Have Folded

(29 Oct 2015) 23 nonprofit insurance companies (consumer oriented and operated plans (co-ops)) launched in 2013 as a result of Obama Care. Czar Obama originally requested $6 billion from Congress. Fortunately, Congress lowered funding for the co-ops and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services disbursed $2.4 billion in start-up and solvency loans. 22 of the 23 co-ops lost money in 2014. 6 of the 23 have collapsed, including the largest (New York). The 6 collectively received $762 million. 420,000 will lose their insurance for 2016. (Source: 15 October 2015 Daily Signal)

Half Think Federal Government Is Threat To Citizens

(29 Oct 2015) In 2003, 30% thought the federal government posed "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens". Now, it is 49% ... too many laws / government too big 19%, violations of freedoms / civil liberties 15%, gun control / violating 2nd Amendment 12%, too much involvement in private lives 10%. (Source: 21 September 2015 Gallup)

Texas Has Growing Medicaid Problem

(9 Oct 2015) Texas Medicaid amounts to almost 25% of its general revenue appropriations. Medicaid's growth has caused total state spending for the current 2-year budget on health and human services ($74.5 billion) to exceed total education ($73.9 billion) for the first time in Texas history. Approximately 80% of health and human services spending is Medicaid. Nearly 70% of Texas physicians will not accept new Medicaid patients. (Source: Sept 2015 Texas Public Policy Foundation)

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