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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY
California Issued 650,000 Driver Licenses To Illegal Aliens In 2015 And Subsidizes Their Insurance
(21 May 2016) California passed a law to allow illegal aliens to get driver licenses and developed a 3-year $141 million program to implement it. 650,000 licenses were issued to illegal aliens last year. The state hired 1,000 temporary DMV workers, opened 4 new processing centers, extended office hours and provides subsidized auto insurance through the California Dept. of Insurance for low-income illegal aliens using Spanish-language media. Annual premiums are as low as $241 for coverage that is less than what is mandated for other drivers who purchase policies through private insurance companies, paying a statewide average of just below $2,000 per year. The subsidized insurance pays victims less than regular policies, leaving them with insufficient protection in the case of accidents caused by illegal aliens. (Source: 21 May 2016 FOX News)
Maine Reduces Cash Welfare And Food Stamps By Requiring Work
(20 May 2016) Bill Clinton signed a cash-welfare law in 1996 that imposed a 5-year lifetime limit on eligibility, but some states waived the limit. Effective in 2012, Maine reinstated their five-year limit, but allowed recipients to qualify for exemptions from a list of 8. Since then, the number of recipients declined 62%. Maine waived work requirements for food stamps in 2008. In July 2014, Maine reinstated the work requirements for childless adults and certain others. The number of food stamp recipients dropped from 13,332 in December 2014 to 1,886 in Sept. 2015, an 86% decline. Incomes for able-bodied adults without dependents who left the food stamp program increased 114%.
Fast-Food Restaurants React To Authoritarian Government -- Fewer Jobs
(18 May 2016) Self-service kiosks will be made available to the more than 6,000 Wendy's franchises. Individual restaurant managers will decide whether to install them as an alternative to having human beings take customers' orders. Wendy's might also introduce ordering and payment systems using mobile devices next year. McDonald's is also experimenting with self-service kiosks. (Source: 13 May 2016 Watchdog.org )
National Public Debt Continues To Soar
(18 May 2016) During the 87 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $8.56 trillion to $19.19 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.18 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 1.87 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.
Some Kansas Residents Preferred Food Stamps Rather Than Working
(15 May 2016) Kansas was spending $5.5 million per month on food stamp benefits for able-bodied adults. Only 21% were employed and 40% of those employed were working fewer than 20 hours per week. Kansas overturned its exemption from federal work requirements and it now spends $1.2 million per month. 49% of the individuals who left the food stamp rolls found employment within 3 months and 60% found employment within 1 year. Half of those who left the rolls and are working have earnings above the poverty level. (Sources: Foundation for Government Accountability, 25 Apr 2016 Daily Signal)
Environmentalists Scream The Sky Is Falling In 1970 ... Reality Says It Did Not
(15 May 2016) Harvard biologist Dr. George Wald (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine): "civilization will end within 15 or 30 years ... unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind" -- Stanford professor Dr. Paul Ehrlich: "100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years ... population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make" -- North Texas State Univ. professor Peter Gunter: "by the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine" -- Life magazine (folded in 2000): "solid experimental and theoretical evidence" to believe that "in a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution ... by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching Earth by one half" -- David Brower (Sierra Club executive director): "childbearing [will be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license ... potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing" -- Kenneth Watt: "Youll drive up to the pump and say, filler up, buddy, and hell say, I am very sorry, there isnt any ... by the year 2000, there wont be any more crude oil" (Source: 22 Apr 2016 Daily Caller )
Medicare Has Not Been Good Plan For Me
(29 Apr 2016) If my Medicare taxes and premiums had been placed in a private account and earned only 0.94% per year, my Medicare premiums and the interest during the period I have been on Medicare would have paid for my Medicare benefits. When I die, my heirs would receive $49,600. Instead, they will receive nothing from Medicare.