- Bean was recently arrested in Portland, Oregon and charged with two felony counts of having sex with a minor.
- Bean has solid White House and Democratic Party connections, having raised over half a million dollars for Obama’s 2012 election campaign.
- According to oregonlive.com: "Bean has been one of the state's biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state. He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and has been a major contributor for several Democratic presidential candidates, including Barack Obama."
- Bean has flown on Air Force One and has made contributions to such Democratic politicians as Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Dick Durbin, and Congressman Barney Frank, among others. Photos of Bean posted online show him flying on Air Force One with Obama.
- According to a new study from the Federal agency, the Food and Nutrition Service, more SNAP money is spent on soda at the retailer's locations used in the study, a major source of the nation’s obesity problem, than any other food product category.
- A whopping $357,700,000 of SNAP money was spent on soft drinks at the grocer’s stores in the study, accounting for over 5.4% of all SNAP dollars spent.
- This was almost 50% more than what was spent on milk ($253,700,000) and about 75% more than was spent on ground beef ($201,000,000).
- In addition to bad purchases from an obesity perspective, over 3% was spent on bag snacks (e.g. potato chips), 1.54% was spent on “frozen handhelds and snacks,” 1.46% on packaged candies, 1.31% was spent on ice cream and sherbets, 1.19% was spent on cookies, and 1.04% was spent on cakes.
- Thus, over 15% of SNAP money was spent on items that Michelle Obama would have NEVER allowed to be served in the nation’s schools for lunch.
- Compared to non-SNAP money spent, only 11.47% of the money spent was spent on the above listed obesity related food, far below the 15% that SNAP recipients spent at the same grocer.
- For example, SNAP buyers spent 35% more of their budget on soda than non-SNAP buyers and 25% more on bag snacks.
- To pay off their debt loads, state governments need to raise man additional $1,328,204,440,079.
- 40 out of the 50 states currently do not have enough money to pay off their debts.
- The study found that all 50 states have racked up over $2.4 TRILLION in debt but only have about $1 TRILLION in revenue to pay off the debt, leaving the $1,328,204,440,079 unaccounted for.
- This state government debt load comes down to about $13,514 that each state taxpayer would have to put into the pot to pay off the debt.
- New Jersey is the worst state with an unaccounted for debt load of $59,400 needed from each New Jersey state taxpayer to pay off that state’s debt.
- The total unfunded debt of New Jersey is a whopping $183 billion.
- Other so-called “sinkhole states” with the most debt load per taxpayer are Connecticut ($49,000 per taxpayer), Illinois ($45,500), Kentucky ($33,700), Massachusetts ($33,300), and Hawaii, California, New York Delaware, and Michigan rounding out the top ten sinkhole states, with per taxpayer debt ranging from $18,200 to $28,500 per taxpayer.
- There are ten so-called “sunshine states,” states that have no debt and actually have excess money that if spread across their taxpayers would give each resident of Alaska $52,600, North Dakota taxpayers would get $28,400, Wyoming - $26,400 per taxpayer, Utah - $4,800 per taxpayer, Nebraska - $3,500 per taxpayer, and New Mexico, Idaho, Tennessee, and Iowa taxpayers would get back anywhere from $3,300 to $1,100.
- Politicians in forty states have dug deep, deep debt holes for their taxpayers that will require cuts in services, cuts in pensions and retirement payouts, a rise in taxes or a combination of all three acts to stay fiscally viable.
- According to the study, these sinkhole states have hidden expenses and used accounting tricks to make their state look better financially than it actually is, essentially kicking the debt problem down the road to future generations of state residents.
- The 10 sunshine states prove that you can operate a fiscally sound state government if you want to.
State politicians running up uncontrolled debt loads, a government program making Americans less healthy and more obese, and more scandals from the American political class. More insanity tomorrow.
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