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  • Obamacare's costs soar so high, Americans now delaying medical treatment —study; So much for the Democrat battle cry that Amy Coney Barrett is coming for your health care

    10/13/2020 7:23:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/12/2020 | Monica Showalter
    Democrats can't character-assault Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett the way they did Brett Kavanaugh, so they're screaming bloody murder that Barrett will kill millions of Americans in the event she rules against Obamacare.  According to Rich Lowry, writing in the New York Post: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says that this is her "assignment." Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island says that she is a "judicial torpedo" aimed at the Affordable Care Act. President Trump admitted a vote for Judge Barrett is a vote to take away health care and pre-existing condition protections for millions of Americans. https://t.co/kdKIkbEwy8— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 27,...
  • Here’s how much Coronavirus vaccines might cost if they get approved

    07/30/2020 9:16:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    BGR ^ | 07/30/2020 | Chris Smith
    Several vaccine candidates have reached the final phase of trials, with both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech announcing their Phase 3 trial plans earlier this week. The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine is the other popular vaccine candidate that will kick off its final testing stage next month. Results could come as early as October or November for some of these drugs, and regulators may issue emergency use authorizations before 2020 is through. Only certain at-risk categories of people could be immunized this year though, including the elderly and frontline workers. The general population won’t get access to coronavirus vaccines until sometime in early 2021...
  • The College Wealth Premium Has Collapsed

    01/13/2020 3:59:56 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 100 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 8 January 2020 | Annie Lowrey
    Is college worth it? As the cost of American higher education soars, inequality widens, and wages stagnate, millions of Millennials and Gen Zers have asked themselves that question. The answer, at least from economists, has remained a resounding yes. One study found that college graduates earn nearly twice as much as their peers without a college degree. But what if those earnings are no longer translating into financial security and long-term prosperity? A new study by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis suggests that might be the case. College still boosts graduates’ earnings, but it does little...
  • What is your cost to learning the Founding Fathers?

    12/20/2019 4:30:21 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 21 replies
    I'd like to have a frank discussion about the cost of entry for you or others who wish to discover more about the Founding Fathers, and even moreso the barrier that presents toward educating others. As we approach the completion of the audiobook version of James Madison's Notes, one of the goals for this project is cost reduction. I would like for you to consider three aspects: Time costMoney costExclusivity or efficiency I assume people will automatically think in terms of money, and it is true that the scope of what I'm looking for could have been better asked in...
  • Uh Oh: US Walks Out On South Korea Talks Over Military Cost-Sharing

    11/20/2019 9:01:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    In a region where the subtlest of signals sends shockwaves, this one looks like a tsunami. Talks between the US and South Korea broke down earlier today in a remarkable show of public acrimony, with the Trump administrationÂ’s negotiator accusing Seoul of acting in bad faith. At issue is the bill that the White House wants South Korea to pay for our military protection, which quintuples SeoulÂ’s current contribution: The United States broke off talks with South Korea on Tuesday over how to share the cost of the two nationsÂ’ military alliance, injecting fresh tension into the relationship over...
  • Pentagon Puts Brakes On 3 Border Barrier Projects Because Of Cost

    09/17/2019 3:48:57 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/16/19 | Matthew Choi
    The Defense Department is no longer moving forward with three border barrier projects in California and Arizona, according to a court filing Monday. The move is a reversal of an earlier Pentagon authorization for about 20 miles of fencing, lighting and other border infrastructure that would have used $2.5 billion in funds redirected from a counter-drug fund. That authorization, announced Aug. 27, was based on what was then determined to be "lower-than-expected contract costs." But the Defense Department revealed in the Monday filing that the department would not be able to cover the costs of the project. The Defense Department...
  • Why are government cost projections always so utterly wrong?

    08/08/2019 7:27:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/08/2019 | Jack Hellner
    The Congressional Budget Office and other such experts of public finance routinely severely underestimate the cost of major government programs such as Medicare, Social Security, student loans, government pensions, lifetime health benefits for government employees, and Obamacare. They also miss estimates on "smaller" government projects (we're still talking billions here) such as the "big dig" in Boston and the bullet train in California. They're always underestimating these costs. Why are we always so broke at most government entities? Why do these costs always overshoot their budgets? The short answer is that politicians and bureaucrats routinely underestimate the costs of all...
  • ‘Solve the problem at home’: U.S. plan to import cheaper drugs from Canada draws criticism

    08/01/2019 7:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Global News ^ | 07/31/2019 | Maham Abedi
    The Trump administration said Wednesday that it is looking at setting up a system that makes it legal for Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada at a lower price than in the United States.The statement, made by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on MSNBC, prompted questions about whether this could actually happen — and what it would mean for Canadians. Azar said the administration’s proposal would allow states, wholesalers and pharmacists to get FDA approval to import certain medications that are also available in the U.S.The FDA currently permits U.S. residents to bring medication for personal use...
  • Audit Finds Poor Planning Cost NY Millions in Overruns at Highway Rest Areas

    08/01/2019 3:25:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Jewish Voice ^ | July 10, 2019 | The Jewish Voice
    Inadequate planning cost taxpayers over $12 million in overruns at I LOVE NY highway rest areas, as per an audit from the office of Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The recently released audit revealed that the state Department of Transportation did a poor job of planning and following up in its construction of rest areas with a tourism focus in each of NYS’s 10 regions. The state’s plan, as touted by Governor Andrew Cuomo, was to build at least 10 Welcome Centers, carrying New York-made products, as a way to advertise the state’s tourism attractions in each of its regions. As reported...
  • ArDOT: I-49 extension from Alma to Barling ‘not viable’ as toll road

    05/01/2019 10:45:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Fort Smith Times Record ^ | April 4, 2019 | John Lovett
    With an estimated cost of about $787 million, a public-private partnership on a tolled four-lane Interstate 49 extension from Alma to Fort Smith with a bridge over the Arkansas River has been deemed “not viable” by the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Results of the I-49 Alternative Delivery Study, approved by the Arkansas Highway Commission in 2016, were presented Wednesday at the Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Board meeting. Andrew Brewer, assistant division engineer for ARDOT, said a tolled 14-mile extension was deemed “not viable” based on projected costs and revenue. “The bottom line is assuming an optimal toll rate of...
  • How Much Are Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Trips? Watchdog Agency Struggles to Find Out

    02/06/2019 2:08:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/06/2019 | By Katie Rogers
    The Government Accountability Office set out in 2017 to calculate the total cost to taxpayers of President Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach, Fla., but said in a report issued on Tuesday that it could come up with only a snapshot of the expenses because the Trump administration did not respond to requests for more information. The agency ended up studying only four trips the president took over a one-month period in 2017 and found that government agencies, including the Defense Department and the Secret Service, spent some $13.6 million — an average of over $3 million...
  • I don't believe the estimates of the partial shutdown tab

    01/28/2019 8:21:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2019 | Jack Hellner
    Standard  & Poor's is putting out a garbage estimate that the shutdown cost $6 billion.  I believe that is 3/100 of 1% of our $20-trillion economy.  Does anyone really think he can figure out the number accurately?  As with most things, these supposed "experts" just throw out a number, and the rest of the media repeat the numbers as if they were true with no questions asked.  S&P, Fitch, and Moody's couldn't even figure out that junk mortgages were going to go bad, or didn't care because they were making so much money from selling their souls. Standard  & Poor's is putting out a garbage estimate that the shutdown cost...
  • Pa. Turnpike considers public-private partnership to upgrade five tunnels

    01/20/2019 9:42:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 20, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    Call it the $350 million question. Over the next six weeks, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will try to decide whether to rehabilitate its five sets of tunnels one at a time over 10 to 15 years or enter into a public-private partnership with one firm that would do all of the work in five to six years and be responsible for maintenance for about 30 years. And the $350 million is key because a large part of that money would be the upfront cost if the agency decides to pursue a partnership, said Brad Heigel, the turnpike’s chief engineer. Mr. Heigel...
  • How Do We Measure the Cost of Effectiveness?

    01/18/2019 3:44:00 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 4 replies
    1/18/2019 | MosesKnows
    How Do We Measure the Cost of Effectiveness? Illegal immigration prompt discussions about increasing border security. If the lack of adequate border control is the problem then increasing border security would seem the solution. Many people are against added border security simply because President Trump feels he needs it to enforce immigration law. These people have to rationalize that it cost too much because they already know barriers work. The empirical information regarding the effectiveness of a border barrier is clear but information on the cost effectiveness is missing. How is the cost effectiveness of a barrier determined? One way...
  • We Could Build 2 Border Walls By Just By Eliminating 'Improper Payments' — Audit Shows

    01/12/2019 11:09:50 PM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Jan. 11, 2019 | IBD Editorial Staff
    Waste: Critics of building a border wall claim that it would be ineffective at deterring illegal immigration. That's not true. But Congress could easily finance the wall by cutting federal programs that are ineffective. Wasteful" and "ineffective" are the adjectives now routinely attached to any discussion of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But a wall would be effective. Even President Obama's head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, admitted as much. When asked in an interview with Public Radio International if the "physical barrier" built south of Yuma, Ariz., had been effective, her answer was "yes."
  • Illegal immigration costs the United States more than 200 Billion Dollars a year. [Trump Tweet]

    12/18/2018 5:33:22 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 15 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/18/18 | President Trump
    Illegal immigration costs the United States more than 200 Billion Dollars a year. How was this allowed to happen?
  • Costs of the Post-9/11 Wars Through FY2019: $5.9 Trillion Spent and Obligated

    11/25/2018 6:26:22 PM PST · by robowombat · 37 replies
    Watson Institute, Brown University ^ | November 14, 2018 | Neta C. Crawford
    The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post- 9/11 war veterans.This number differs substantially from the Pentagon’s estimates of the costs of the post-9/11 wars because it includes not only war appropriations made to the Department of Defense – spending in the war zones of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and in other places the government designates as sites of “overseas contingency operations,” – but also includes spending across the...
  • Farm Bureau Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down for Third Straight Year

    11/20/2018 5:17:32 PM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    Farm Bureau ^ | Nov. 15, 2018 | Shiloh Perry
    The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, or less than $5.00 per person. This is a 22-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.12. “Since 2015, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined steadily and is now at the lowest level since 2010,” said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton. The featured food on most Thanksgiving tables – the turkey – cost slightly less than last year, coming in at $21.71 for a 16-pound bird. That’s...
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Interstate 81 grid would help revitalize Syracuse

    11/16/2018 11:56:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | October 22, 2018 | Mark Weiner
    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday said she will support the construction of a street-level community grid to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 in Syracuse.Until now, Gillibrand declined to take a position on the issue, saying it was up to Central New Yorkers to choose the best option for replacing the 1.4-mile viaduct that cuts through the heart of Syracuse.Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said during a visit to Syracuse on Monday that she decided to speak out after discussions with community stakeholders who favor the grid over a tunnel or new elevated highway."Given where the stakeholders are -- and given what...
  • Gilcrease Expressway extension cost, toll rate to be higher than initially expected

    10/10/2018 11:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | June 29, 2018 | Kevin Canfield
    The cost to construct the five-mile extension of the Gilcrease Expressway and the toll charged to motorists using it will be higher than initially reported, the executive director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said Thursday.Tim Gatz told a group of local officials gathered in Tulsa for an update on the project that the roadway is now estimated to cost approximately $330 million to $340 million, or about 10 percent more than originally thought.Late last year, Gatz told the same working group that motorists driving private vehicles could expect to pay a toll of $1 to $1.50. The toll is now...