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Taxpayers Fund Medicaid For High-Income Residents

(4 Sept 2015) In 2014, MassHealth (Massachusett's Medicaid for low-income residents) spending surged 19%, partly because the state's online insurance exchange crashed. About 300,000 people were placed in MassHealth temporarily, regardless of their income. (Source: 2 Sept 2015 Boston Globe)

Immigrant Households More Likely To Receive Benefits From Taxpayers

(4 Sept 2015) 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least 1 kind of government benefit based on their low income, e.g., cash welfare, Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance; compared to 30% for native-led households. 76% of immigrant-led households with children receive at least 1 benefit. (Sources: 2012 Census Bureau Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2 Sept 2015 Center for Immigration Studies)

More Than $600 Million Spent On Sage Grouse In 8 Years

(2 Sept 2015) Sage grouse birds are not listed as "endangered" or "protected" ... there are between 200,000 and 500,000 of them in 11 states. The government has spent more than $400 million on sage grouse conservation since 2010 and $211 million will be spent over the next 3 years with nearly half to buy conservation easements ... land that can only be used for grazing and cannot be developed for other purposes. This will almost double the bird's protected habitat to 8 million acres by 2018. (Source: 28 Aug 2015 FOX News)

Illegal Aliens And Anchor Babies

(30 Aug 2015) Deportation of American citizens isn't an option. Deportation of illegal aliens is the only option. Where their children will live is up to the parents, not me. I respect family autonomy and the authority of parents. I don't think I know better than parents. I believe in freedom. It was their choice to come here illegally. It was their choice to have a child here who became an American citizen. It is now their choice to either keep their family together and take their child with them when they return to their home country or not. If they decide to leave their child behind, that is their problem, not mine.

General Motors Becoming China Motors -- Did China Thank U.S. Taxpayers?

(30 Aug 2015) In 2014, GM delivered 3.54 million vehicles in China and 3.41 million in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. (Source: General Motors)

Buying Guns From People Who Are Not Criminals Does Not Reduce Gun Crime

(30 Aug 2015) In 2014, Boston gave out a $200 gift card and a promise of protection from prosecution as long as the gun wasn't directly connected to a crime for each of 410 guns turned in. The goal was to take illegal and homemade guns off the streets in order to reduce gun-related violence. Non-fatal shootings have increased 43% this year. (Source: 24 Aug 2015 Media Research Center TV)

Fewer Than Half Of Food Stamp Recipients Are Children And Elderly

(30 Aug 2015) From 2004 to 2014, food stamp (SNAP) participation increased from 24 million to 46.5 million. Fewer than half are children and elderly. The program cost $74.1 billion in 2014. (Source: 22 Aug 2015 Daily Signal)

Families With Excessive Income Get Housing Assistance

(22 Aug 2015) 25,226 families received government assistance despite exceeding income thresholds. The taxpayers will pay $104.4 million over the next year for government housing units occupied by over-income families. (Source: Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General)

California Wind Electricity Is Inefficient ... Produces Only 11% Of Capacity In January

(20 Aug 2015) From January 2010 through May 2015, wind-generated electricity in California averaged only 11% of capacity in January and peaked at 42% in June. (Source: 11 Aug 2015 Energy Information Administration)

Graduating College With Loan Debt Of $35,000 And No Career Job

(16 Aug 2015) 71% of 2015 bachelor-degree recipients will graduate with an average student loan of $35,000. Only 14% of 2015 college seniors have steady, career-type jobs lined up after graduation. (Sources: After College, Edvisors, 8 May 2015 Wall Street Journal)

E-85 Is 14% More Expensive Than Gasoline To Drive The Same Distance

(16 Aug 2015) In April 2015, the average price of gas (up to 10% ethanol) sold was $2.42. The price of E-85 (average 70% ethanol) was $2.77, adjusted to reflect the lower energy content. (Source: April 2015 Dept. of Energy)

Expansion Of Medicaid Under Obama Care More Expensive Than Estimated

(16 Aug 2015) North Dakota's costs for expanding Medicaid under Obama Care are higher than had been projected. The revised cost estimate has increased from $2.9 million to $8.2 million for fiscal 2017. (Sources: Dept. of Human Services, 19 July 2015 Associated Press)

Social Security Retirement Program Has Had 5 Consecutive Years Of Cash-Flow Deficits

(8 Aug 2015) Social Security's Old-Age and Survivors Insurance ran a $39 billion deficit in 2014, the 5th consecutive year of cash-flow deficits. (Source: 29 July 2015 Heritage Foundation)

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