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  • Democratic Socialism: Who Knew That 'Free' Could Cost So Much?

    08/09/2018 6:17:50 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 32 replies
    investors ^ | 08/08/2018 | N/A
    Socialism: Since the Democratic Party took a turn for the worse toward so-called democratic socialism, the party's leading lights have laid the promises on pretty thick. Free Medicare for all! Guaranteed income! Guaranteed jobs! Subsidized housing! Free college! Universal pre-school! Wow, and all for free. Well, not exactly. In a devastating piece that appeared on the left-of-center web site Vox (to its credit), Manhattan Institute fellow Brian Riedl went through the simple math of what free actually costs. It's a lot. It's not just the free aspect, but the fact that the democratic socialists have made so many promises that...
  • Who Should Pay for the Mistakes on NASA’s Next Big Telescope?

    07/27/2018 3:59:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/18 | Marina Koren
    The space agency has always coughed up the extra cash, but some politicians wonder if the contractor responsible for major errors should pitch in.If everything had gone according to plan, the most powerful space telescope would be in orbit right now, perched about 1 million miles from Earth, peering deep into the universe, and returning home mesmerizing photos of glittering stars and galaxies. Instead, it’s still in a factory in California, waiting to receive more money so engineers can finish building it. The James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s next big astronomy mission, has been in the works for two...
  • The utter stupidity of California in one project

    03/13/2018 1:49:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/13/2018 | Jared Peterson
    How else to account for the state's wondrous physical beauty and gentle climate, on the one hand, and its ludicrously irrational political majorities and execrable public officialdom, on the other? God gave Yosemite Valley but then inflicted Nancy Pelosi. He created the Big Sur coastline, then dropped Jerry Brown into Sacramento. He graces the state with the sweetest September-Octobers north of the equator but requires that they be shared with the likes of Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf. The list of nature's spectacular bounty, paired with California's unmatched human folly, is endless. Another week in the Golden State, another rich display...
  • You’ll Never Guess What CA’s Bullet Train Will Cost — Or When It Will Finish

    03/10/2018 10:55:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/10/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    That may sound like a clickbaity headline, but it’s proving to be literally true. Apparently, no one can guess it, least of all the California High-Speed Rail Authority that is running the bullet-train project. Their latest projection shows total predicted cost has jumped 20% to $77 billion, with a completion date moved out four years to 2033.For now, anyway. Be sure to check back next week in the Boondoggle Lotto! The price of the California bullet train project jumped sharply Friday when the state rail authority announced that the cost of connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco would be...
  • INDOT: I-69 Section 6 Will Cost Nearly $1.6 Billion

    02/27/2018 11:13:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Indiana Public Media ^ | February 8, 2018 | Taylor Haggerty and Barbara Brosher
    The final leg of Interstate 69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis will cost nearly $1.6 billion.ThatÂ’s according to the Final Environmental Impact Statement for I-69 Section 6 the state released Thursday. The analysis says construction could start in 2020 and wrap up within six years.Section 6 will run along the existing route of State Road 37. That means some of the many businesses that line the highway in Morgan, Johnson and Marion counties will have to move.The FEIS says more than 80 businesses, including a non-profit and fire station, will need to relocate. ThatÂ’s in addition to nearly 200 residences that...
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bay Bridge that never was

    12/10/2017 1:01:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Curbed San Francisco ^ | December 8, 2017 | Brock Keeling and Alex Bevk
    Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2012 and has been updated with the most recent information. After the construction of the Bay Bridge in 1933, San Francisco began considering duplicating the bridge and running a second one further south across the bay. Enter Frank Lloyd Wright, a little-known architect whose idea and design for a second Bay Bridge never came to fruition. The noted architect hated the idea of a second steel structure similar to the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Partnering with engineer Jaroslav J. Polivka, Wright proposed a concrete "Butterfly Bridge,” spanning from Army Street (now...
  • Turnpike moves ahead with final design of Mon-Fayette Expressway

    11/28/2017 1:04:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 7, 2017 | Ed Blazina
    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission authorized nearly $34 million in final design contracts Tuesday for an eight-mile stretch of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from Jefferson Hills to Duquesne. If final design goes as expected, construction could begin in 2022 for the first of three remaining segments needed to finish the last 14 miles of the highway from Jefferson Hills to the Parkway East in Monroeville at a projected cost of $2.1 billion. That’s more than the $1.68 billion cost of the first 60 miles of the highway, started more than 40 years ago in northern West Virginia. The commission’s action Tuesday increased...
  • Official Report: Illegals Costing American Taxpayers $135 Billion A Year

    09/27/2017 7:48:53 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 27, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    Broadly, the costs include $29 billion in free medical care, $23 billion for law enforcement and $46 billion for free education. So says the Federation for American Immigration Reform in its report, titled "The Fiscal Burden Of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers," which is the most comprehensive cost tally from FAIR.
  • Illegal immigrants cost taxpayers nearly $750 billion over lifetime: Report

    08/03/2017 9:18:29 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/03/2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Deporting the country’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would cost nearly $125 billion, but allowing them to remain in the U.S. could cost taxpayers far more, according to a new report being released Thursday by a think tank that wants to see stricter immigration limits. Steven A. Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, crunched the numbers and found that the current population of illegal immigrants will drain nearly $750 billion from taxpayers over their lifetimes — amounting to six times the deportation costs. “Sometimes people say look, we couldn’t deport everybody because it’s prohibitively expensive,” Mr. Camarota...
  • REPORT: $12.7 Trillion Needed To Meet Paris Climate Accord’s Goal

    06/15/2017 11:38:05 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/15/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    A whopping $7.4 trillion will be spent globally on new green energy facilities in the coming decades, but another $5.3 trillion is needed to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord, according to a new report. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is out with a new long-term energy outlook report, this time projecting a total of $12.7 trillion to keep projected global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century — a goal of the Paris accord. BNEF projects $7.4 trillion will be invested in new green energy capacity by 2040, and that global carbon dioxide...
  • Pyke: 5 takeaways from the tollway's momentous Route 53 decision

    06/10/2017 10:55:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | May 30, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    After years of angst over whether to extend Route 53 north into Lake County, the Illinois tollway moved with dizzying speed last week approving a $25 million study of the project. But while the board's vote took seconds, there were hours of fraught testimony from environmentalists fearful of pollution, residents worried about losing their homes, commuters sick of sitting in traffic and construction industry representatives lobbying for jobs. Here are five take-aways from a momentous week: 1. Promising to pay for the extension could be a game-changer. Unlike his predecessors, Chairman Bob Schillerstrom pledged that if Route 53 is extended,...
  • 9 U.S. highway tunnel projects: Insights into what we might get if I-81 is a tunnel

    04/29/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 26, 2017 | Charley Hannagan
    Syracuse, N.Y. --There's not a lot tunnel building going on in the United States. Four highway tunnels have been completed over the last 10 years in the U.S. Four more tunnel projects are under construction or in design. And one long discussed project that would have tunneled underneath a national forest in California was dropped. Could be a tunnel in Syracuse's future for Interstate 81? After a tunnel was initially rejected, a tunnel or depressed highway is back on the table as an option to replace Interstate 81's 1.4 mile section of raised highway in Syracuse. The DOT at first...
  • 5 examples of lies, fraud, corruption in U.S. refugee program

    02/10/2017 9:32:04 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 4 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 02/10/2017 | Paul Bremmer
    As the debate over President Trump’s travel ban rages in courts of law and public opinion, one new book reminds Americans what’s at stake if the nation’s leaders allow nearly unchecked immigration from Muslim countries to continue on its current path.
  • Lost in security concerns are the economic costs to taxpayers of refugee resettlement

    02/05/2017 4:50:47 PM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | Feb 5, 2017 | Ann Corcoran
    I told you recently that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had published its 2015 Annual Report to Congress Below are some charts from the report (beginning on page 16) that are very instructive. By the way, when the Leftist Open Borders gang publishes economic studies that claim that refugees bring economic boom times to struggling communities, they surely don’t factor in the cost of welfare use by refugees (or the education costs, or the criminal justice system costs). LOL!, maybe they figure federal welfare dollars (grown on trees in Washington) flowing to certain communities are income to the community. Let’s...
  • Health Care’s Bipartisan Problem: The Sick Are Expensive and Someone Has to Pay

    01/13/2017 12:00:44 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 106 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 12, 2017 | Anna Wilde Mathews and Louise Radnofsky
    The 2010 health law, also known as Obamacare, forced insurers to sell coverage to anyone, at the same price, regardless of their risk of incurring big claims. That provision was popular. Not so were rules requiring nearly everyone to have insurance, and higher premiums for healthy people to subsidize the costs of the sick. If policyholders don’t pick up the tab, who will? Letting insurers refuse to sell to individuals with what the industry calls a “pre-existing condition”—in essence, forcing some of the sick to pay for themselves—is something both parties appear to have ruled out. Insurers could charge those...
  • 2017 Healthcare.gov premiums up 25 pct

    10/25/2016 2:53:16 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | 10-24-2016 | Caroline Humer, Clarke, Grebler, Matthew Lewis
    Oct 24 (Reuters) - The average premium for benchmark 2017 Obamacare insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov rose 25 percent compared with 2016, the U.S. government said on Monday, the biggest increase since the insurance first went on sale in 2013 for the following year. The average monthly premium for the benchmark plan is rising to $302 from $242 in 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The agency attributed the large increase to insurers adjusting their premiums to reflect two years of cost data that became available.
  • Feds spend nearly $20,000 to settle every refugee

    06/08/2016 11:42:20 AM PDT · by milford421 · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/8/16 | Paul Bedard
    "Federal taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $20,000 just to settle each refugee and asylum seeker, who are then immediately eligible for cash welfare, food stamps, housing and medical aid, according to a new report on the "refugee industry."" "The report from the Negative Population Growth Inc. said that the U.S. is currently accepting about 95,000 refugees and asylees. That is in addition to the over 500,000 legal and illegal immigrants coming to the U.S."
  • The Price of Resettling Refugees in America

    05/18/2016 2:36:29 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | Mar 10, 2016
    The sovereignty of America is quietly being eroded as details have emerged surrounding the Obama administrations proposed budget for 2017 in regards to the resettlement of refugees and illegal aliens in our cities and towns. The requested budget by the President for fiscal year 2017, which begins October 1, 2016, is $2,184,860,000. According to the White House over $2 billion in funds is needed in order to “support a total of 213,000 ‘humanitarian arrivals’in FY 2017, including 100,000 refugees, consistent with the administrations commitment to admit at least this number of refugees in 2017.”
  • Number of School Districts in Deficit Plummets

    05/09/2016 5:11:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The state Department of Education reports that the number of Michigan school districts expected to finish the current school year with a budget deficit may be the lowest in nine years. The state could have a few as 23 school districts in deficit when the books close on the current school year in June, according to the department's most recent list. A deficit means that the district spent more for operations than the amount of direct and indirect tax revenue it received to cover those costs. The signs of financial stability come at a time when Republicans and Democrats are...
  • Report:Taxpayer Cost for Each Illegal Unaccompanied Child Budgeted at $17,613 & Statistics Video

    05/05/2016 7:54:45 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 2 2016 | CAROLINE MAY
    As the influx of unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors from Central America has increased, so too has the cost to assist each migrant, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. CIS reveals that the cost per “unaccompanied alien child” has more than doubled since FY 2010, when the cost per UAC was $8,217. CIS projects that the cost in FY 2017 will reach $17,613. CIS senior researcher Nayla Rush, the author of the report, reached the cost per UAC by looking at the total budget requests for UACs in FY 2017 and the number of UACs expected...