Posts Tagged ‘facts’
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, December 5, 2016
A man named John Goodwin made a public post on FaceBook, which also included a link to an OpEd published in the Washington Post on November 9, 2016, which was written by Charles Camosy (PhD, University of Notre Dame), and entitled “Trump won because college-educated Americans are out of touch.” Dr. Camosy is an Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University, and the author of a book entitled “Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for A New Generation.”
Mr. Goodwin’s FaceBook profile is sufficiently ambiguous of himself, though in his public post which is time & date-stamped 9:45AM, November 10, 2016, and ostensibly geolocated from Washington, D.C., he wrote of himself that, “I haven’t posted about the election mostly because 1) I do this for a living and most of you don’t,” which would lead one to suppose that at some level, he works in or with public policy, or more likely, with politicians.
I do not.
However, suffice it to say, that for many, many, many years, I have remained immensely interested in public policy, though I do not now, nor have I ever made my living from it, or influencing, or attempting to influence others in elected office.
In other words, I have taken the high road.
Mr. Goodwin’s public post to FaceBook is linked herein, as is the article upon which he expounded.
In order to fully understand the matter of discussion herein, I encourage the reader to fully read this item following herein, as well as Mr. Goodwin’s post, and the OpEd upon which he opined
I have responded to Mr. Goodwin’s post as follows:
His words appear italicized, and in “quotation marks.”
My commentary follows immediately after.
“…not everyone lives in big cities.”
• That is correct. The United States Census Bureau says that 80.7% of American reside in urban areas. In fact, they report that “the population density in cities is more than 46 times higher than the territory outside of cities.” So that leaves a whopping 19.3% in rural areas.
“I didn’t grow up with money.”
• Money had been invented by the time I was born. But seriously, someone votes for Donald Trump as if the wealthy are advocates for the impoverished or even the average American? C’mon. Mr. Born-With-A-Silver-Spoon-In-His-Mouth? Really?
“…not everyone went to elite colleges.”
• According to the United States Census Bureau, “in 2015, almost 9 out of 10 adults (88 percent) had at least a high school diploma or GED, while nearly 1 in 3 adults (33 percent) held a bachelor’s or higher degree.” I’m in the 33%. So I’m an elite. Thanks!
“You think they (people who eat at Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: "Once upon a time NASCAR had glory. Those days are gone.", AK-47, AK47, AR-15, AR15, Catholic, CDC, Center on Education and the Workforce, Charles Camosy, Christ, Coal, college, Congress, Congressional Research Service, CRS, Democrat, Donald Trump, Duck Dynasty, editorial, education, election, ethics, FaceBook, facts, figures, fly ash, Fordham, Gatlinburg, GOP, guns, Guy Fieri, Hamilton, Hillary, Jesus, John Goodwin, Knoxville, laboratory, liberal, musical, NASCAR, Notre Dame, Oak Ridge, OpEd, opinion, policy, politics, pollution, post, POTUS, president, public, religion, Republican, research, science, shooting, slurry, Smoky Mountains, statistics, Tennessee, theology, TN, Trump, University of Notre Dame, Wal Mart, Walmart, WMT | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, October 20, 2016
A few thoughts on a Presidential Debate topic by Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, with candidates Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) from the third, and final debate held last night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wednesday, 19 October 2016:
1.) Tweet from Dr. Jen Gunter, MD: “There is no such thing as a ninth month abortion – I’m a doctor who trained in late term abortions”
2.) A portion of her blog entry (linked herein) on the topic from the Debate states: “Trump’s statement, as incorrect as it may be, supports the fallacy of the due-date abortion. It is a common anti-choice narrative that Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Do you feel like we do, Dr. Who?, - Faith, Religion, Goodness - What is the Soul of a man?, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Uncategorized | Tagged: abortion, Associate Justice, Associate Justices, birth control, Byron White, Chief Justice, Chris Wallace, Clinton, CO, Colorado, Constitution, constitutional, Constitutional law, contraception, contraceptive, contracetption, debate, Debate Night, Dem, Democrat, Dems, facts, female, females, fetus, foetus, Fox, geotag, geotagged, GOP, Harry Blackmun, health, healthcare, Hillary, Las Vegas, late, late term, late term abortion, law, Lewis F. Powell Jr., medication, medicine, moderator, Nevada, NV, October, party politics, Planned Parenthood, politics, Potter Stewart, Pregnancy, Presidential Debate, presidentisl debate, privacy, Republican, research, Right to Privacy, rights, Roe, Roe v Wade, SCOTUS, statistics, term, Texas, Third Debate, Thurgood Marshall, Trump, TX, University of Nevada, University of Nevada Las Vegas, UNLV, Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan Jr., William O. Douglas, William Rehnquist, woman, women, youth | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Renown astrophysicist Stephen Hawking appeared on the Larry King Now show June 2016, and was interviewed by the esteemed long-time journalist.
In the interview, among the comments Hawking made was that “We certainly have not become less greedy or less stupid. The population has grown by half a billion since our last meeting, with no end in sight. At this rate, it will be eleven billion by 2100.”
News of the interview was covered by USA Today, and subsequently by The Intellectualist website, both which focused upon Professor Hawking‘s remark as referenced above.
This is worth noting:
The article quoted Hawking as saying, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Lost In Space: TOTALLY Discombobulated, - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: 2026, astrophysicist, facts, fail blog, figures, fool, genius, greed, greedy, growth, Hawking, humanity, humor, idiocy, idiot, Internet, interview, June, Larry King, Larry King Now, OpEd, opinion, population, population growth, radio, science, sophomore, Standard deviation, Standard Normal Distribution, statistics, Stephen Hawking, stupid, teevee, The Intellectualist, tv, USA TODAY | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, February 27, 2016
Recently, on February 23, 2016, AL.com published an OpEd entitled “Would legalizing cannabis solve Alabama’s budget problems?” written by Reggie C. Pulliam, whom was identified as “a resident of Gulf Shores who has worked on public policy and criminal justice reform in Washington, D.C.”
I found his Op-Ed unconvincing because it’s poorly written.
The Colorado Department of Revenue reported that for December 2015 (State of Colorado Marijuana Taxes, Licenses, and Fees Transfers and Distribution December 2015 Sales Reported in January 2016), Total All Marijuana Taxes, Licenses, and Fees was $13,247,434.
The year-to-date increase was $4,689,293.
Based upon the December figure, on an annualized basis, that’s $158,969,208… which is not exactly chump change.
(See “Alabama Senate Approves Shifting $100 Million Away From Schools” published September 15, 2015.)
Linked here is the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Colorado Marijuana Tax Data.
Figuring into the state cost : benefit analysis & calculations also is a decrease in costs associated with Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News, - Round, round, get around, I get around. | Tagged: AL, Alabama, cannabis, CO, Colorado, cost, costs, court, court costs, courts, data, entrepreneurship, facts, figures, incarceration, income, judge, judicial, law, law enforcement officer, legal, legislature, LEO, marijuana, money, prison, prisoner, prisons, private enterprise, Revenue, smoke, state, tax, taxes, voters | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, October 26, 2014
Alabama Governor Bentley claims he, and his policies – whatever they are (he has none… just look for your self) – have been responsible for declining Alabama Unemployment. Fact is, he’s blowing smoke.
Alabama Governor Bentley claims he, and his policies – whatever they are (he has none… just look for your self) – have been responsible for declining Alabama Unemployment. Fact is, he’s blowing smoke.
Alabama’s Republican Governor Robert Bentley, MD has crowed about “success” in lowering Alabama unemployment during the past 4 years of his term.
However, to be certain, a random statistical examination of the state’s Unemployment rate shows that it is very likely, AT LEAST two points higher than reported. Here’s how.
Unemployment is calculated as a simple average. Take the number of people working, added into the number of people NOT working, AND who WANT to work, divided by the people who are available to work, gives the unemployment rate.
Here’s how the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the parameters of the equation:
What are the basic concepts of employment and unemployment?
The basic concepts involved in identifying the employed and unemployed are quite simple:
• People with jobs are employed.
• People who are jobless, looking for a job, and available for work are unemployed.
• The labor force is made up of the employed and the unemployed.
• People who are neither employed nor unemployed are not in the labor force.
Simply put, the formula is:
|Unemployment Rate =
|Employed + Unemployed
However, if you’ve had a college course in Statistics – and most folks in Alabama have not (it’s part of maintaining the policy of “largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command”) – then you’d understand that a random sample of the set would show essentially the same results.
And face it… most folks in Alabama DO NOT HAVE A COLLEGE EDUCATION. In fact, according to the Alabama Department of Education, Alabama’s High School Drop Out rate is 28%. Page 2, Frame 2 of the linked document shows the 2010-2011 TOTAL Graduation Rate as 72%.
Face it… ALABAMA IS
Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Lost In Space: TOTALLY Discombobulated, - My Hometown is the sweetest place I know, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home. | Tagged: adults, analysis, Bentley, children, dumb, dumb kid, easy to command, eduction, election, facts, Fail, failure, figures, FRED, GOP, governor, Governor Bentley, graduation, High School Drop Out, idiot, idiota, ignorant, impoverished, jobs, policy, politics, poor, poverty, poverty stricken, Republican, Robert Bentley, statistics, stupid, uneducated, unemployment | 2 Comments »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, October 26, 2014
Editor’s Note, Saturday, 15 October 2016: Since Sunday, October 26, 2014, the date of this original publication, Yellowhammer News blog has thought to create their own entry (herein linked) obliquely contradicting the data supplied and referenced in this entry, which has now been published for over two years. Though they do not refute the data cited herein, instead, they refer to an Alabama-based data analysis company, and present data exclusively from the United Nations’ Human Development Index to support their assertion. In stark contrast, we use source citation and and references to the variety of sources used to compare Alabama to Third World Nations.
Also entitled as: How does Alabama compare with Third World Countries?
In so many comparative rankings for quality of life within our 50 United States, Alabama and Mississippi seem in a dead heat for last place. In a veritable “Race To The Bottom,” Alabama and Mississippi scrap over being in last place. In fact, it’s been a long-standing joke – with the sad, bitter sting of truth – that Alabama’s State Motto is not “Audemus jura nostra defendere,” which has been translated as: “We Dare Maintain Our Rights” or “We Dare Defend Our Rights,” but rather “Thank God For Mississippi.”
And just so we’re singing on the same sheet of music, and on the same verse, a “Third World Nation” is one which were at one time colonies “formally lead by imperialism. The end of imperialism forced these colonies to survive on their own. With lack of support, these colonies started to develop characteristics such as poverty, high birthrates and economic dependence on other countries. The term was then affiliated to the economic situation of these former colonies and not their social alliances to either capitalism or communism.” In a more modern sense however, a “Third World Nation,” is more readily thought of as being one of several “underdeveloped nations of the world, especially those with widespread poverty.” And it is in that sense to which I refer to Alabama as “a Third World Nation.”
In essence, what that term refers to is Quality Of Life. And, there are many aspects of life that can be measured, such as rates and incidences of crime, employment/unemployment, education, health/sickness/disease, responsive & efficient government, availability of clean water, sewerage, utilities such as electricity, natural gas, supporting infrastructure to deliver those utilities, which includes transportation, roads, highways, airports, railways, and access to the same. There is much more to life than the mere availability of food, clothing and shelter. For example, who would want to eat raw meat, wear bearskins, and live in a cave? In context, those three items are certainly fulfilled. And if that’s all there is, then all is well… right?
Demonstrating that, again, there is MUCH MORE to life than the mere availability of food, clothing and shelter.
Consider, for example, Public Health.
Rates of Obesity, and Obesity-related Diseases (also called chronic, or long-term problems) such as Diabetes, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Stroke, and certain types of Cancer, in Mississippi and Alabama are among the highest in our United States. While Obesity is quickly becoming an epidemic of significant national proportions, it is particularly problematic in Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Lost In Space: TOTALLY Discombobulated, - My Hometown is the sweetest place I know, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home. | Tagged: 3d World, AL, Alabama, babies, cancer, clean, college, comparison, diabetes, disability, disease, DO, doctor, dropout, education, facts, figures, GDP, Gross domestic product, health, healthcare, high school, Human Development Index, income, infant, international, K-12, lazy, Low Birth Weight, MD, Mississippi, money, MS, nation, physician, poor, poverty, Pregnancy, public health, Quality of life, rank, ranking, sickness, South, southern, standard of living, state, States, third world country, Third World Nation, UN, United Nations, university, water, Yellowhammer, Yellowhammer News | 3 Comments »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 28, 2014
Let’s talk about drug abuse.
Abuse of any kind is improper use, or dependency. In some cases, so-called “recreational” use is “abuse,” for there is no other kind of use, since a drug may be already illegal.
For the greatest part, those drugs, which are sometimes mistakenly called ‘narcotics’ (technically, narcotics are derivatives of and synthetic chemical relatives to the opium plant) are already illegal, and include LSD and other hallucinogens, heroin, methamphetamine (as “crystal meth”), etc. And, at the Federal level, like it, or not, agree or disagree, marijuana is included in that list.
Further, alcohol must be included in the list of abused substances, simply because we know that people’s lives can be, and are destroyed by alcohol abuse, directly and indirectly.
There’s a database of information based upon hospital admissions related to drug abuse. It’s called the Treatment Episode Data Set, or TEDS, and the information is collected anonymously by each facility in a state that receives “State alcohol and/or drug agency funds (including Federal Block Grant funds) for the provision of substance abuse treatment.”
It is not an exhaustive data set by any means, and there are limitations upon it, yet it does provide some reliable degree of accuracy to the extent, scope and nature of the problem. Consequently, information in “the tables focus on treatment admissions for substance abusers.”
In other words, someone abuses a substance on the list to the extent that they need some degree of care, including hospitalization, and that anonymous information about their admission gets collected and reported. For the purposes of that report, anonymous information is age, sex, ethnicity/race and drug(s) which led to the need for treatment.
The TEDS list of abused drugs are: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Do you feel like we do, Dr. Who? | Tagged: 420, abuse, Alcohol, Alcoholic beverage, Children and Youth, decriminalization, drug abuse, drugs, facts, figures, Legalization, marijuana, medicine, mental health, Mental Health Tax, MJ, money, policy, politics, pot, Pro-Legalization, psychosis, reefer, research, studies, tax, taxes, youth | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, June 8, 2014
This will be of interest to the curious, especially those who seek and search for the truth.
Asserting to cite data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), CNS News recently reported that the Labor Force participation rate was at a 36-year low.
The headline to that story reads:
37.2%: Percentage Not in Labor Force Remains at 36-Year High
Upon examination of the BLS website, the data was found to be honest and accurate.
Information on the data set presented is:
Data extracted on: June 8, 2014 (4:07:31 PM)
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
Series ID: LNS11300000
Series title: (Seas) Labor Force Participation Rate
Labor force status: Civilian labor force participation rate
Type of data: Percent or rate
Age: 16 years and over
Following is the chart as shown on the BLS website:
If the information is accurate – that is, if it accurately represents the thing it purports to represent – then there is a genuine cause for concern, perhaps even alarm. But first, sometimes, information has to pass the “smell test.” If it just doesn’t sound right, dig a little deeper.
However, there is a DEFINITE skew which, when considered, renders the interpretation of the findings questionable, at best.
Since there are TWO separate entities reporting the SAME information, how could it possibly be inaccurate, or incorrect?
Let’s consider further, to determine if such alarm might be genuinely warranted.
Searching for Labor Force Participation Rate datasets from Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Business... None of yours, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: Australian Labor Party, BLS, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNS News, Current Population Survey, Cybercast News Service, data, economics, economy, employment, facts, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve System, FRED, industry, jobs, L Brent Bozell III, Labor force, May 2014, news, Seasonal adjustment, spin, statistics, United States | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, April 25, 2014
I’m not a funnyman like Jon Stewart of the Comedy Channel.
However, Stewart does a good job – indeed, an excellent job – of excoriating right-wing zealot Sean Hannity over his inconsistencies of argument in support of Cliven Bundy… the man who knows everything about the Negro.
In fact, Stewart does a damn fine job… in a manner that perfectly shines a light upon Mr. Hannity’s hypocrisy.
If you’d like to take a few minutes to be entertained and educated, here’s the URL for the episode in which Stewart skewers Hannity.
And, if you’re kinda’ froggy, and like to get the facts (just the facts, ma’am… just the facts), here’s some research I performed for my benefit.
I’m selfish like that.
I didn’t do it for anyone else but me.
At issue is Cliven Bundy’s claim to land use – not ownership.
The area in question is 150 square miles in the 500,000 acre Gold Butte area along the Virgin River in Nevada.
Bundy claims that his family “homesteaded” that land since 1877, and by virtue of that claim, unlimited right of use to the land belongs to him.
In essence, Bundy claims a right to graze the land where he has allowed his cattle to roam – and therefore, because his cattle have been there, he claims unlimited use of the land belongs to him, although he cannot produce any document demonstrating any essence or component of such claim, nor of ownership – such as a survey, easement, bill of sale, quitclaim deed, bills for taxes, or taxes paid.
For over 20 years, Bundy has allowed his cattle to graze on that tract of Federal land – land to which he has no ownership, deed or right of use – and since 1993 has ceased paying grazing fees, which, by his own admission, is in arrears at least $300,000.
Here’s a partial time line to the current date which highlights significant events in the ordeal.
■ Cliven Bundy pays grazing fees to the BLM for the next 20 years.
■ The BLM modifies Bundy’s grazing permit by reducing the size allowed for his herd to 150 and restricts where his cattle can graze in the Gold Butte area. He refuses the permit and stops paying grazing fees. The BLM cancels his permit. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Business... None of yours, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: Anti-Immigration, Arizona, asshole, BLM, Bundy, Bureau of Land Management, Canadian Alliance candidates 2000 Canadian federal election, cattle, Cliven Bundy, Comedy Channel, Constitution, Daily Show, facts, Faux Newz, fees, Fox News, GOP, grazing, guns, history, homesteader, idiot, Jon Stewart, judge, land, law, lawlessness, money, mooch, Nevada, news, nuts, NV, Reagan, reference, Republican, Sean Hannity, thief, White Supremacists | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, April 12, 2014
When campaigning for the office of Alabama’s Governor, Robert Bentley – a retired dermatologist physician who at the time was an elected representative from Tuscaloosa County – promised if elected governor that, “I will forgo a salary as state representative for the rest of my term and will not accept a salary as Governor until Alabama reaches full employment.”
When pressed on the matter, he later defined “full employment” as having state unemployment somewhere around 5%. It is a promise to which, as of the date of this entry – 12 April 2014 – he has kept. In other words, Alabama has NOT reached “full employment,” and he has not been paid a salary. He has, however, been compensated for out-of-pocket expenses (the governor’s office has a budget, so why would he personally have any such expenses for work in an official capacity?), though he has received – as legislator, a legally-mandated $1.00 per month salary. Since his election to the governorship, he has not received a salary.
Let’s examine Governor Bentley‘s employment record.
During Governor Robert Bentley’s watch, International Paper – the large paper mill formerly known as Champion Paper, in Courtland, and the largest employer in Lawrence County – closed and cost the area economy & state 1100 jobs. Those jobs were Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Business... None of yours, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home. | Tagged: Alabama, ale, American City Business Journals, analysis, Balch & Bingham, Barack Obama, beer, Bentley, business, craft brew, Democrats, economy, entpreneurship, facts, Fail, fail blog, failure, Florence City Schools, GOP, government, Governor Bentley, health, healthcare, International Paper, jobs, loss, microbrew, Microbrewery, money, news, Oakwood University, Pilgrim, policy, politics, record, Republican, Robert Bentley, Robert J. Bentley, Sara Lee Corporation, tax, taxes, Terry Sewell, university, Wall Street, Wayne Farms | 1 Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 23, 2012
CDC: Abortions fall 5%, largest drop in a decade
By Michael Muskal
November 21, 2012, 1:41 p.m.
The rate of abortions in the United States fell by 5%, the largest single-year decrease in a decade, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The decline is outlined in the annual abortion surveillance data for the year 2009, the latest available. It was published on Wednesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
About 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, the CDC noted. Factors from the availability of abortion providers, state laws, the general economy and access to health services including contraception, can Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Do you feel like we do, Dr. Who?, - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: abortion, birthrate, California, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data, facts, family, fertility, figures, health, Mississippi, MMWR, New York, news, Pregnancy, research, statistics, stats, study, termination, United States, women | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 9, 2012
Just in the case we need reminding.
And often, we do.
As Samuel Johnson once wrote, “Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.”
Johnson: Rambler #2 (March 24, 1750)
January 9, 2009, 12:04 PM ET
Bush On Jobs: The Worst Track Record On Record
By WSJ Staff
President George W. Bush entered office in 2001 just as a recession was starting, and is preparing to leave in the middle of a long one. That’s almost 22 months of recession during his 96 months in office.
His job-creation record won’t look much better. The Bush administration created about three million jobs (net) over its eight years, a fraction of the 23 million jobs created under President Bill Clinton‘s administration and only slightly better than President George H.W. Bush did in his four years in office.
Here’s a look at job creation under each president since the Labor Department started keeping payroll records in 1939. The counts are based on Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Faith, Religion, Goodness - What is the Soul of a man?, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home. | Tagged: Bill Clinton, data, Department of Labor, economy, employment, facts, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, jobs, John F Kennedy, news, Presidents, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, statistics, Wall Street Journal | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Who’s the Biggest Spender? Obama or Bush?
By BRUCE BARTLETT, The Fiscal Times June 1, 2012
Lately, there has been some controversy about the growth of spending under Barack Obama. It began on May 22 with a column by Rex Nutting of MarketWatch, which concluded that the rate of growth of federal spending under Obama has actually been trivial compared to the last 4 presidents.
According to Nutting’s calculations, spending has grown only 1.4 percent per year under Obama – one-fifth the rate under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Following is a chart accompanying the article.
There has been a considerable amount of debate about Nutting’s calculations, which fly in the face of Republican dogma. Much involves technical accounting issues, such as how to allocate spending during fiscal year 2009. This is important because fiscal year 2009 began on September 1, 2008 during Bush’s administration, reflecting his priorities. By the time Obama took office on January 20, 2009 the fiscal year was almost half over; he didn’t submit his first budget until February 26, 2009 and the fiscal year 2010 budget is really the first one that reflected his priorities.
Nutting assigned the bulk of fiscal year 2009 spending to Bush, an assumption that other analysts have questioned. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post found that Nutting overstated his argument in various ways. But the PoliFact site of the Tampa Bay Times concluded that the Nutting column was essentially correct.
Aside from the political implications, the reason this debate is important is because there is a tendency for people to conflate spending, deficits and debt, as well as confusing rates of change with absolute levels.
The difference between Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: Barack Obama, BarackObama, Bill Clinton, BRUCE BARTLETT, Bush I, Bush II, business, CBO, Clinton, Congressional Budget Office, economy, entrepreneurship, facts, federal, figures, GAO, George W. Bush, Government Accountability Office, Gross domestic product, hypocrisy, jobs, Marketwatch, money, news, Obama, Reagan, Ronald Reagan, statistics | 6 Comments »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, August 27, 2011
Updated October 27, 2012 – Readers should be aware there is now two years of data. The original story was published in 2011, and the three new stories added are from 2012, and show similar data – that being, that the cost of the program to mandate drug testing for all public assistance recipients in Florida – is unproductive and wasteful, and costs more in tax dollars and time wasted than it purports to save.
Dedicated to everyone who believes that merely because some people need a helping hand that they’re automatically suspect.
It’s not a crime to be poor. And Christ said, “The poor you will always have with you.”
The line of thinking on drug testing goes like this: A.) The exceeding majority of public assistance recipients are lazy, good-for-nothing drug abusers, so B.) Taking them off the dole will save hundreds of thousands – if not tens of millions of dollars, so C.) Make them pay up front to defend themselves against the blanket accusation, and reimburse them if they don’t “come up dirty.”
Turns out, however, that only a measly 2% of recipients have been positive. In other words, the vast and exceeding majority of public assistance recipients – 98% – are law-abiding, non-drug abusing citizens.
What does that mean for the good, hard-working, tax-paying people of Florida? Why, they’re on the hook to cough up some reimbursement money to the folks that paid up front to be tested. And at $43,200/month, that’s over $518,000/year. Not exactly chump change – especially in tough economic times.
Why, even the old Charlie Daniels song acknowledges that Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: abuse, American Civil Liberties Union, assistance, assumption, Charlie Daniels, Christ, data, drug abuse, Drug test, facts, fallacy, Florida, Florida Department of Children and Families, Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, fraud, government, health, help, lies, money, neighbor, news, piss test, poverty, Republican, Republican stupidity, Rick Scott, Scott, state, stupidity, Substance dependence, Tampa Tribune, tax, taxes, truth, urinalysis, waste, Welfare, WFTV | 3 Comments »