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National Public Debt Continues To Soar

(5 Feb 2016) During the 84 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $8.38 trillion to $19.01 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.20 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 1.9 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

Massachusetts Medicaid Increased 73% In 7 Years

(5 Feb 2016) MassHealth (Massachusetts Medicaid) cost $8.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2009 (starting July 1) and is projected to cost $14.7 billion in FY 2016. (Source: Mass Taxpayers Foundation)

Higher Minimum Wage ... Fewer Jobs

(26 Jan 2016) The Oakland, California Walmart had 400 employees and closed on January 17, but the two in San Leandro (approximately 1.5 and 4.5 miles away) will not close. Oakland has a minimum wage ($12.55 per hour) that is 25.5% higher than San Leandro's. Oakland does not reveal store sales-tax revenue, but the Walmart store was in the top 25. (Source: 22 Jan 2016 Daily Signal)

Detroit Youth Will End Up On Welfare

(24 Jan 2016) 92% of Detroit 8th-graders cannot read proficiently. (Sources: U.S. Dept. of Education, 20 Jan 2016 Daily Signal)

Must Have Been The College Students That Majored In Underwater Basket Weaving

(24 Jan 2016) 9.6% of college graduates indicated that Judith Sheindlin (“Judge Judy”) was on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Source: research by GfK for Jan 2016 American Council of Trustees and Alumni)

Cut Puerto Rico Loose, Just Like The Philippines In 1946

(18 Jan 2016) Puerto Rico (P.R.) was claimed for Spain in 1493 by Columbus during his 2nd voyage. In 1898, following the Spanish American War, Spain ceded P.R., the Philippines and Guam to the U.S. under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. In 1946, the U.S. recognized the Philippines as an independent nation. The U.S. should do the same with P.R.

Supporting Them With Taxpayers' Money Is How Democrats Buy Their Votes

(18 Jan 2016) 46.7% of young blacks (18-29) without a high school diploma and 34.4% with only a high school diploma are unemployed. Among young Hispanics, 33.0% and 25.1%, respectively, are unemployed. (Source: NumbersUSA)

50% Of Federal Tax Returns Paid Only 2.8% Of Taxes

(8 Jan 2016) In 2013, the top 1% (ranked by adjusted gross income, AGI) of federal personal income tax returns had 28.9% of AGI and paid 37.8% of the taxes. In 1980, they paid 19.3% of the taxes. In 2013, the top 50% of returns paid 97.2% of the taxes. (Source: National Taxpayers Union)

Medicaid And Medicare Pay Doctors Less Than Private Insurance Companies

(2 Jan 2016) Only 45% of non-pediatric primary care physicians accept new Medicaid patients and 72% accept new Medicare patients. (Source: 30 Oct 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation)

Low Income California Latinos Complain "Free" Health Care Isn't Good Enough

(2 Jan 2016) Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid) covered 12.7 million people (1 of every 3) in July 2015, up from 7.6 million 4 years earlier. The 2016 fiscal year budget is $91 billion, up from $59.3 billion 4 years ago. Groups in California have filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging that Latinos are being denied access to health care because Medi-Cal does not pay doctors enough (nationally, only 69% of doctors accept Medicaid patients and the patients wait an average of 42 days to see a doctor). (Sources: Health Affairs, California Dept. of Health Care Services, 31 Dec 2015 Los Angeles Times)

Liberals Claim Rich Don't Pay "Fair Share Of Taxes"

(5 Dec 2015) In 2013, the top 1% of federal tax returns by adjusted gross income paid 38% of the taxes. The top 10% paid 70% and the top 50% paid 97%. The bottom 50% paid only 3%. (Source: National Taxpayers Union Foundation)

59,000 Fewer Receive Food Stamps In Maine

(5 Dec 2015) Maine reduced food stamp (SNAP) enrollment from 256,000 in Feb. 2012 to 197,000, in large part due to eliminating the work-requirement waiver. Non-disabled residents between 18 and 49 without children are required 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. 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. (Sources: Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services, 19 Nov 2015 Daily Signal)

Czar Obama: "Cut The Average Family's Premium By About $2,500 Per Year"

(5 Dec 2015) The average total company-provided health insurance premium increased from $9,447 per employee in 2011 to $11,032 in 2015. The employee portions averaged $2,026 in 2011 and $2,490 in 2015. Employees averaged another $2,208 in out-of-pocket costs (such as copayments and deductibles) in 2015. The average total employee cost increased from $2,001 in 2005 to $4,698 in 2015. (Source: 11 Nov 2015 USA TODAY)

Most Government-College Athletics Programs Are Not Profitable

(5 Dec 2015) In the 2010-11 school year, only 22 of the 51 government-college athletics programs with the most revenue were profitable, excluding institutional subsidies. Only 23 of 228 Division-I athletics programs were profitable. (Sources: USA Today, 15 May 2012 and 19 May 2013 SB Nation)

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