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  • Nightmare: DACA Amnesty DREAM Act Will Cost $115 Billion Thanks to Obamacare

    09/17/2017 9:30:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 15 Sep 2017 | John Carney
    Taxpayers in the United States will face a steep bill if the Trump administration signs legislation to extend legal status to so-called “Dreamers,” the illegal aliens who arrived as children and are now protected under the Obama-holdover unlawful executive order known as DACA. The cost of a legislation to legalize childhood arrivals is likely to be far higher than earlier attempts because of Obamacare’s health insurance subsidies. The Affordable Care Act subsidizes the costs of health insurance for millions of Americans and would likely foot the bill for many of those whose residency in the U.S. would be legalized by...
  • Kamala Harris: Trump Border Wall ‘Stupid Use of Taxpayer Money’

    08/24/2017 2:41:54 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 90 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/23/2017 | Tony Lee
    A day after President Donald Trump again promised to build a border wall during his Arizona speech, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) declared that Trump’s border wall “is a stupid use of taxpayer money” in a Wednesday tweet.
  • Collins, Murkowski: We Sunk Skinny Repeal to Protect Planned Parenthood

    08/09/2017 10:40:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8-9-17 | Cortney O'Brian
    Two of the Senators who singlehandedly derailed the skinny repeal of Obamacare were awarded a sit down interview with the admiring Dana Bash Friday on CNN.
  • Illinois has 63,000 government workers making over $100K

    08/06/2017 8:04:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 27, 2017 | Joe Kaiser
    High-priced government workers cost taxpayers in Illinois $10 billion a year, with municipal managers in areas surrounding Chicago reaping the most benefits. Illinoisans are struggling under the highest property taxes in the nation, a declining population and the nation’s worst income growth, but one group is still doing pretty well – government workers. According to OpenTheBooks.com, Illinois has 63,000 public employees making more than $100,000, costing taxpayers $10 billion. These government workers range from auto pound supervisors to corrections nurses to junior college presidents and more. One of the most lucrative government fields is that of village and city managers,...
  • 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...
  • Judicial Watch Asks Trump Administration to End Congressional Obamacare Exemption

    07/22/2017 11:53:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | JUNE 23, 2017
    Judicial Watch requested the Trump administration stop members of Congress and their staff from unlawfully purchasing, with taxpayer subsidies, health insurance through the District of Columbia’s small business exchange. ... Because the ACA limits the purchase of insurance on a small business exchange to employees of small businesses – and Congress is not a small business – the ACA unequivocally requires that certain members of Congress and congressional employees purchase insurance on an individual exchange created either by their state of residence (or by the District, if they are a D.C. resident) or by the federal government for that state....
  • Taxpayers Give $30 Million so NYC’s Shakespeare Festival can Assassinate Trump Onstage

    06/13/2017 3:53:41 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 13 replies
    TruthRevolt ^ | 06/13/2017 | Trey Sanchez
    What a deal! After learning that an actor dressed to look just like his father gets brutally murdered on stage in a production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Donald Trump, Jr. asked, “I wonder how much of this 'art' is funded by taxpayers?" Well, thanks to some digging by Adam Andrzejewski, founder of the federal watchdog OpenTheBooks.com, we now know the answer: "Data at OpenTheBooks.com shows that over $4.1 million in federal, state and city grants funded the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) – the parent company to Public Theater and its production, Shakespeare in the Park – over the...
  • President Trump Defends American Taxpayers To NATO Leaders (Video In The Link)

    05/25/2017 9:47:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking in Brussels Thursday morning against the backdrop of the newly unveiled Article 5 and Berlin Wall Memorials, President Donald Trump strongly urged NATO leaders to significantly increase defense spending, saying it is unfair for members states to rely on American taxpayers to fulfill European obligations. Further, he called on members to provide a new focus on terrorism. "The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders. These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very...
  • Phoenix Billboard Depicting Trump as Nazi Was Funded by Taxpayers

    05/11/2017 2:41:55 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 12 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 05/11/2017 | Madeleine Weast
    A billboard depicting President Donald Trump as a Nazi in downtown Phoenix, Ariz. was funded with taxpayer dollars, according to Judicial Watch. The conservative watchdog group obtained records that reveal the controversial billboard was commissioned by an "arts advocate" paid by a U.S. city to "diminish barriers." {..snip..}
  • Sacramento Allocates Taxpayer Money to Fight Illegal Immigrant Deportations

    05/06/2017 11:55:28 AM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 6, 2017 | Sam Dorman
    The City Council in Sacramento, Calif. voted unanimously late Thursday to spend taxpayer money on services to help illegal immigrants fight deportation. . . . Guerra, who led a task force that proposed allocating the city's funds, justified the decision by pointing out that illegal immigrants often pay taxes and contribute to the economy.
  • California Must Provide Trans Prisoners With Compression Underwear

    05/04/2017 11:53:59 AM PDT · by kevcol · 56 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 4, 2017 | Sam Dorman
    A U.S. district judge last week ordered California state prison officials to provide free chest-flattening underwear, also known as compression tops, to transgender inmates at women's prisons and feminine accessories to transgender inmates at men's prisons. Requiring inmates to buy compression tops "effectively" denies those items to individuals who cannot afford them, according to U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who issued the order on Friday. Taxpayers, therefore, must foot the bill.
  • Forget “Dump Trump,” Trump Should Dump Musk

    04/27/2017 6:00:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    Wealthy investor Doug Derwin is spending a lot of his own money in an attempt to convince billionaire Elon Musk to step down from President Donald Trump’s business advisory council. Why? He doesn’t like Trump and doesn’t think business leaders should embrace the president because, well, he opposes him politically. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter; he’s opened the bank vault and is spending liberally to pressure Musk, who may or may not eventually capitulate. Whatever eventually comes of the pressure, President Trump should not wait to see if Musk will cave and remove him now. Nothing against Elon Musk, he’s...
  • Solar Company Gets $25 Million In Taxpayer Subsidies, Goes Bankrupt

    04/21/2017 8:56:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/20/2017 | Andrew Follet
    Solar company Suniva Inc. filed for bankruptcy Wednesday after receiving millions in government subsidies to manufacture solar panels. Suniva blamed its bankruptcy on competition from cheap Chinese-made solar panels, but the company received about $20 million in support from federal and state taxpayers, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “For many years, Chinese manufacturers of solar cells have benefited from favorable, state-sponsored financing and lower labor costs, allowing them to flood the United States market for solar cells and modules with cheap imports,” David Baker, the company’s restructuring officer, said in a statement. “This has negatively impacted manufacturers based in the...
  • Tennessee GOP Legislators Want Subsidized Education for Illegal Immigrants, Sanctuary Campuses

    04/19/2017 9:02:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/19/17 | Karen Lees
    The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reports that the burden of illegal immigration on taxpayers in Tennessee for both state and local expenditures jumped from $285 million in 2007 to $547 million in 2013, according to a FAIR 2013 study. To add to that burden, proposed legislation that would grant eligibility for illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition is being considered this session by legislators at the Tennessee State Capitol. In most cases, the discount for in-state tuition is roughly 50%, leaving Tennessee taxpayers with half the cost of tuition for each illegal alien student. State Senator Todd Gardenhire’s...
  • Report: Taxpayers Potentially Paid Thousands of Union Officials

    04/19/2017 5:48:28 AM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 19, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    Taxpayers spent $162.5 million on federal employees performing union activities in 2014, according to the Office of Personnel Management's most recent data. The Competitive Enterprise Institute used official budget documents and Freedom of Information Act requests to validate how many federal employees worked under such conditions . . . The union workers included "nurses, therapists, pharmacists, a physician, and even a prosthetic limb specialist," according to Hice. "Rather than helping our heroes, these individuals spend all their time engaging in union activities such as collective bargaining, filing complaints or grievances, and even grassroots lobbying," Hice said. "This is unacceptable and...
  • $1 million rebranding? Santa Clara County paying too much — you decide what’s better

    04/15/2017 12:34:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 11, 2017 | Scott Herhold
    Here are three ideas that will cost far less than what supervisors intend to give New York PR firmOn its agenda Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is proposing to spend more than $1 million for a New York PR firm to rebrand the county, telling citizens all the wonderful things that county government does. The supervisors are paying far too much. I’ll do the job for a tenth of the price. After brainstorming the matter, I have three ideas that you, dear readers, can choose from online. I promise my proposals will be more honest and memorable...
  • Pruitt ends EPA gym memberships

    04/13/2017 4:28:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that the days of gym memberships being paid for by the American taxpayer are over. . . . "Well, the gym memberships ended yesterday, it was quite something to hear about that," Pruitt said. He said the agency is investigating the matter, saying "it was the previous administration that granted those gym memberships," which "were rather expensive."
  • What Tesla’s “Inexplicable” “Ponzi Scheme” Valuation Says about the Stock Market

    04/12/2017 11:20:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 11 April 2017 | Wolf Richter
    In fact, it’s not “inexplicable” at all. ___ Tesla shares rose to $313.38 this morning, giving the company a market capitalization of about $51 billion, surpassing GM for a moment as the most valuable American automaker. This left some industry insiders wondering about tulip bulbs. “It’s either one of the great Ponzi schemes of all time, or it’s all going to work out,” mused Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, the largest dealer group in the US. He was speaking at a conference hosted by the National Automobile Dealers Association and J.D. Power. “It’s totally inexplicable, as far as its valuation,”...
  • EPA Employees Billed Taxpayers $15,000 for Gym Memberships in Vegas

    04/12/2017 8:24:44 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 11, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The receipt for "fitness memberships for EPA employees" totaled $14,799.63 and was created in April 2016. The 24 Hour Fitness memberships include yoga and martial arts classes. The gym boasts "good vibes" where EPA employees can "sweat it out together." . . . The EPA office opted to purchase the expensive memberships from 24 Hour Fitness instead of utilizing the gym on UNLV's campus. The agency leases five buildings from the university. The university has a 184,000-square-foot Student Recreation and Wellness Center that is available to EPA employees for $25 per month.
  • Solar Roadways are on FIRE (No. Really. With Pictures.)

    03/24/2017 9:17:47 AM PDT · by WombatKing · 12 replies
    pv magazine USA ^ | 3/24/2017 | WombatKing
    With its own cult following, Solar Roadways still captures the imaginations of people who live in an alternative universe where these “roads” will power the world’s future. But first, they will have to stop the infernal thing from catching on fire.