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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Koch ... A Large Corporation That Opposes Corporate Welfare

(26 Apr 2015) Speaking about Republican presidential candidates, a Koch aide said, "If you can't stand up against corporate welfare, how are you going to go in with any credibility and [reform] some of the broader entitlement programs? Corporate welfare is a growing monster that we have to tackle." (Source: 21 Apr 2015 Daily Signal)

Natural Gas Electricity Least Expensive ... Thermal Solar Most Expensive

(26 Apr 2015) The estimated life-cycle costs (per kilowatt-hour) of electricity for new generation resources completed in 2019 were determined, including the building and operating costs during their assumed lives ... natural gas $66.30, onshore wind $80.30, coal $95.60, nuclear $96.10, photovoltaic solar $130.00, offshore wind $204.10 and thermal solar $243.10. (Source: 17 Apr 2014 Energy Information Administration (EIA))

Big-Brother LA City Council Defeated By Poor / Minority Food Choices

(26 Apr 2015) In 2007, South Los Angeles (largely poor and minority) residents were significantly more obese than those in the remainder of the city and the data showed a dramatic increase from a similar report a decade earlier. In 2008, the LA City Council voted unanimously to forbid the opening of any new single-building fast- food restaurants in the South LA section of the city. Since 2008, fast-food consumption and obesity rates in South LA have continued to outpace the rest of the city. Despite the ban, the number of fast-food restaurants increased by 10% ... locating in strip malls. (Sources: Rand Corp., 28 Mar 2015 Townhall)

The Senate And House Lied To Avoid Obama Care

(25 Apr 2015) Sen. Vitter pleaded with the Senate Small Business Committee, which he chairs, to subpoena the secret documents in which the House and Senate each claimed to be a "small business" with less than 50 employees in order to avoid going into the regular Obama Care exchanges ... the same Obama Care exchanges they forced on millions of other Americans. Now 13,700 House and Senate members, and their staffs have signed up as a small business under this false declaration. The committee voted against the subpoena by a vote of 5 to 14. 5 Republicans voted "yes" and all 9 Democrats voted "no". (Source: 23 Apr 2015 American Commitment)

Wind Got $30 Billion From The Federal Government For 4.4% Of Total Electricity

(25 Apr 2015) Over the past 35 years, wind energy, which supplied just 4.4% of U.S. electricity in 2014, has received $30 billion in federal subsidies and grants. In 2010, wind electricity received 42% of total federal subsidies while producing only 2% of the nation's total electricity. Solar got 8% of the subsidies and produced less than 1% of the electricity. As of 2010, 84% of total clean-energy grants awarded by the federal government went to foreign-owned wind companies. (Source: 11 Apr 2015 Newsweek)

Great Way To Reduce Food Stamp Recipients

(22 Apr 2015) Maine began enforcing new requirements that require non-disabled residents between 18 and 49 without children to work at least 20 hours per week, volunteer at least 24 hours per month or attend vocational training in order to receive food stamps (SNAP). Those who are caring for an incapacitated adult, are currently receiving substance abuse treatment, are in school at least half-time or are pregnant are exempt from meeting the new requirements. If they do not participate in 1 of the 3 requirements, their food stamps are limited to 3 months for a period of 3 years. The number of recipients decreased from 12,000 last year to 2,680 currently. (Sources: Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services, 26 Mar 2015 Conservative Tribune)

Seawater Desalination Is Expensive Process

(22 Apr 2015) The price of water the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) now gets from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is about $1,000 per acre-foot. The largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere is being built in Carlsbad, California. SDCWA has agreed to buy at least 48,000 acre-feet of water from the plant each year (7% of what SDCWA supplies to customers) at $2,014 to $2,257 per acre-foot, depending on how much it buys. (Sources: 28 Feb 2013, New York Times, Apr 2015 San Jose Mercury News)

National Public Debt Continues To Soar

(22 Apr 2015) During the 74 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $7.52 trillion to $18.15 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.22 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 1.94 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

$214 Billion More In Medicare Spending

(13 Apr 2015) A House-approved bill will increase Medicare payments to doctors by $214 billion dollars over 10 years, depleting the Medicare Trust Fund faster and increasing Medicare premiums. (Sources: Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 26 Mar 2015 Washington Times)

Food Stamps And Welfare For Farmers Will Set A Record This Year

(13 Apr 2015) Last year, there were a lot of self congratulations by Republicans and Democrats when Congress passed a 5-year farm and food stamp bill to reduce long-term spending by about $23 billion. The 2014 farm bill will prove to be the most expensive ever, largely due to the 2 new subsidies and the expanded crop insurance coverage. (Sources: Univ. of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, 17 Mar 2015 Fiscal Times)

Diet Soda Sales Drop The Most

(12 Apr 2015) Of the top 10 soda sales in 2014; Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Diet Mt. Dew and Coke Zero had the largest decreases ... 6.6, 5.2, 3.0 and 2.0%, respectively. (Source: 26 Mar 2015 Beverage-Digest)

19% Increase In Medicaid / CHIP Recipients

(12 Apr 2015) Through January 2015, 11.2 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP compared to before Obama Care's coverage expansion began, a 19% increase. In the states that expanded Medicaid, enrollment grew by 26% compared to 2013, while states that did not expand it saw an 8% increase. (Sources: Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, 20 Mar 2015 The Hill)

In 2014, The Federal Government Spent $25,585 Per Household

(12 Apr 2015) 26.3% for health care (Medicare, Medicaid and Obama Care), 24.3% for Social Security, 19% for other benefits (federal employee retirement & disability, unemployment and welfare programs), 17% for national defense and 7% for net interest. (Source: 17 Mar 2015 Daily Signal)

U.S. Taxpayers Subsidize Foreign Companies

(12 Apr 2015) Iberdola, a Spanish company, has received $2.2 billion in subsidies to operate wind turbines in the U.S., making it the largest recipient of federal corporate welfare. Energias de Portugal also operates wind turbines and has received $722 million. Abengoa, a Spanish solar company, has received $605 million. The 50 parent companies receiving the most federal grants and allocated tax credits include 10 that are foreign. (Source: 17 Mar 2015 Daily Caller)

Obama Care Enrollee Average Monthly Premium Increased 23% This Year

(17 Mar 2015) For 2015, the average monthly premium increased to $364 from $346 (5.2%). The average taxpayer subsidy decreased to $263 from $264. The average enrollee net monthly premium increased to $101 from $82 (23.2%). (Sources: 10 Mar 2015 Dept. Of Health & Human Services, 17 Mar National Center for Policy Analysis)

If You Like Your Health Insurance Plan, You Can Keep It ... Or Maybe Not

(17 Mar 2015) In Colorado, more than 340,000 have had their policies cancelled because of Obama Care. Now, the state insurance commissioner has confirmed another 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because their plans fail to comply with Obama Care. (Source: 14 Mar 2015 Washington Times)

Young People In U.S. Last In Math Scores Among Developed Nations

(17 Mar 2015) In a test given in 23 countries to people aged 16 to 65, scores for Americans 16 to 34 years were very low. Literacy scores were: Japan 305, average 282, U.S. 274 (only 3 countries were lower). Math scores were: Finland 295, average 276, U.S. 255 (lowest). (Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD))

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