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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Obama Care Continues To Fall Apart

(23 Aug 2016) Only 2% eligible for Obama Care in 2015 had only 1 health insurance company as an option. In 2017, 17% may have only 1 option. Currently, there are 5 entire states set to have 1 option in 2017. (Source: 19 Aug 2016 New York Times)

Did Fiat Thank U.S. Taxpayers For Bailing Out Chrysler?

(21 Aug 2016) After the bailout, Italy's Fiat ended up buying all of Chrysler, incorporating in the Netherlands and moving their headquarters to London. In early 2017, Fiat Chrysler will stop making cars in the U.S. -- will only make pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S. Cars will be made in Mexico and Canada. The average manufacturing hourly wage in Mexico is $2.20, compared to $20.46 in the U.S. (Sources: 28 July 2016 USA Today)

Aetna To Join United Healthcare And Humana In Quitting Obama Care Individual Policies

(19 Aug 2016) Aetna sells individual health insurance exchange policies in 778 counties in 15 states. In 2017, it will sell in 242 counties in 4 states (Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia). (Sources: 16 Aug 2016 Dallas Morning News, 16 Aug Townhall)

Blacks Disproportionately Commit Homicides

(16 Aug 2016) In 2014, blacks were 13% of the population and committed 53% of the homicides with the race of the offender known. Whites were 77% of the population and committed 45% of the homicides. (Sources: FBI, Census Bureau)

EPA Causes Pollution From Ships

(16 Aug 2016) In 2014, in order to meet EPA mandates for different types of fuels, companies exported 111 million gallons of ethanol made from corn in the U.S. to Brazil and imported 54 million gallons of ethanol made from sugar cane in Brazil to the U.S. Why? Ethanol from sugar cane is an “advanced” biofuel and ethanol from corn is not. (Source: 26 March 2015 U.S. Energy Information Administration)

National Public Debt Continues To Soar

(16 Aug 2016) During the 90 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $8.80 trillion to $19.43 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.17 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 1.86 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

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)

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)

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)

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