The FDA does NOT test GMOs! Monsanto is left to police their own work! In independent, scientific studies, GMOs have been proven beyond all reasonable doubt to be not only toxic, but carcinogenic (and a host of other health problems) and deadly! Michael Taylor, former V.P. of Monsanto is the FDA’s czar appointed by Obama! The web of deceit is mind-numbing! My Republican senator, like the rest of our politicians in corporate-run government, and government agencies like the FDA, USDA, EPA & DNR, is full of shit!! Please read:
Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about the use of genetically engineered food for consumption in America.
For nearly two decades the FDA has been studying genetic modification techniques for drug-biologic development, as well as the development of new foods. The extensive research from these studies show that these new products meet and sometimes exceed the same safety standards as traditional foods.
Many of the foods that are already in our diet are obtained from plant varieties that were developed using standard genetic practices of breeding and selection. For example, Hybrid corn, nectarines (which are genetically altered peaches), and tangelos (which are a genetic hybrid of a tangerine and grapefruit) are all examples of such breeding and selection.
In conducting its safety evaluations of genetically engineered foods, FDA considers not only the final product but also the techniques used to create it. Although study of the final product ultimately holds the answer to whether or not a product is safe to eat, knowing the techniques used to create the product helps in understanding what questions to ask in reviewing the product’s safety. That is the way FDA regulates both traditional food products and products derived through biotechnology. I support these efforts and controls.
The FDA already has existing standards when it comes to labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms. Anything that substantially changes the nutritional properties of the food must be listed on the label. States also already have the ability to propose their own more limiting laws for the labeling of genetically modified foods, which is why I voted against Senator Sanders’ Amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts. It is important for me to hear the views and concerns of the people I serve. Please feel free to contact me in the future if I can further assist you or your family. It is an honor representing you and the good people of Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate.
United States Senator
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From the U.S. debt crisis to the growing disparity between the poor and the rich, our nation is in a unprecedented free-fall into a economic abyss!
The complacent, “I don’t give a damn” state of America is quite evident to me, and
it is a serious pandemic in our country! Our entire infrastructure is collapsing around
us and in on us, yet we fail to rise up and question the intentions of our “Bought And
Paid For Politicians” from the very top to the very bottom of our political system! The
elected officials that are supposed to work for us are instead working for the mega
corporations from Citibank to Halliburton to Monsanto, and the seemingly endless
list goes on. Our citizens must stand up, set their partisan issues like abortion and
gay rights aside, and take back control of our country before it’s too late if it is not
already too late! First, we must put an end to Citizens United’s 2010 Constitutional
Amendment that allows corporations and Super-Pacs that often represent corporations
to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our politics and who gets elected.
The 2012 presidential election was the most expensive campaign in U.S. history due
to the deeply flawed ideology of Citizens United reaching deep into our legislators’
and presidential hopefuls’ pockets, and stuffing them with a record-breaking amount
of cash. How much? Well, the latest figures have not been officially released, but
estimates put the presidential and congressional elections of last year at about
5.8 billion dollars! That is a leap of 7% from the 2008 elections, and the
presidential campaign has been projected to cost $2.5 billion alone! Let’s put
a stop to the evils of greed and power that have consumed the United States,
and get rid of Super-Pacs and Citizens United! Then, we can work on major
issues this country faces like the devastating and record $16 trillion+ that we
have in national debt, getting rid of poisonous and deadly GMOs for good, banning
all forms of dangerous and toxic fracking, and fixing our nation’s severely damaged
infrastructure to include having affordable healthcare for every citizen, moving away
from finite, dirty fossil fuels and investing more in infinite, clean energy sources
(solar, wind, hydro-electric and geothermal), fixing our horrific tax codes, increasing
funding for college education, and repairing our roads and bridges, to name a few!
We can and must act now to keep America moving down the path of positive change
vs. the extremely negative and dismal death trail that we are marching down at this time.
It is not a matter of IF the U.S. economy will collapse but WHEN it will fall into “The Greatest
Depression,” which will make The Great Depression of the 1930’s look like a cake walk
in the park we call home! Contact your legislators and President Obama. Let them
know that “We The People” are holding them accountable for the epic disaster we are in
right now. Use your voting power, increase your knowledge of current events, sign
petitions and “Rally For Righteousness!” Stop being a “One-Issue Voter,” and look
at the whole puzzle instead of one piece; therefore, limiting your decisions based on
the partisan politics that our leaders want us to stick to in order to keep us divided and
stuck in a worn out, out-dated two-party system! We deserve better, and we must demand
better now before the road to our future crumbles beneath us!
President Obama: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
The beginning of the year has traditionally been a time of optimism when we all look forward to the exciting things that are going to happen over the next 12 months. Unfortunately, there are a whole bunch of things about 2013 that we already know are going to stink. Taxes are going to go up, good paying jobs will continue to leave the country, small businesses will continue to be destroyed, the number of Americans living in poverty will continue to soar, our infrastructure will continue to decay, global food supplies will likely continue to dwindle and the U.S.national debt will continue to explode. Our politicians continue to pursue the same policies that got us into this mess, and yet they continue to expect things to magically turn around. But that is not the way that things work in the real world. Bad decisions lead to bad outcomes. Instead of realizing that what we are doing is not working, our “leaders” continue to give us more of the same. As a result, there are going to be a lot of things about 2013 that will not be great. Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that everything will be “okay” somehow is not going to help anyone. We’ve got to make people understand exactly what is happening and why it is happening if we ever hope to see real changes.
The following are 16 things about 2013 that are really going to stink…
#1 Taxes Are Going To Go Up
Even if a fiscal cliff deal is reached, some taxes will still go up next year. And if no deal is reached, there will be a whole bunch of different tax increases in 2013.
According to CBS News, these tax increases would be very painful for the middle class…
If lawmakers fail to work out any sort of deal, there will be severe long-term consequences for the economy: According to the Tax Policy Center, going off the “cliff” would affect 88 percent of U.S. taxpayers, with their taxes rising by an average of $3,500 a year; taxes would jump $2,400 on average for families with incomes of $50,000 to $75,000. Because consumers would get less of their paychecks to spend, businesses and jobs would suffer.
#2 The Middle Class Is About To Be Scorched By The Alternative Minimum Tax
Of more immediate concern for the middle class is the Alternative Minimum Tax. Many Americans have never heard of the AMT, but it is truly one of the worst things about our tax code.
If Congress does not act, and right now it does not look promising, millions of middle class households will see a massive increase in their tax bills for 2012.
According to one analysis, households that are forced to pay the AMT will end up paying an extra $3,700 in taxes…
Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, more than 26 million households will for the first time face the AMT, which threatens to tack $3,700, on average, onto taxpayers’ bills for the current tax year. Because those people have never paid the AMT, they have no idea they are in its crosshairs — put there by a broader stalemate over tax policy that has kept Congress from limiting the AMT’s reach.
Do you have an extra $3,700 sitting around to send to Uncle Sam?
If not, you had better contact your representatives in Congress and scream like crazy about passing a fix for the AMT. They have always gotten it done before, but this year there is so much animosity between the Republicans and the Democrats that nothing may end up getting done.
#3 The Economy Will Continue To Get Worse
Despite all of the talk in the mainstream media and from our politicians that our economy is getting better, the truth is that the U.S. economy continued to decline in 2012. If you doubt this, just read the 75 statisticsin this article.
And there are a whole host of signs that the economy is starting to slow down even more as we enter 2013. For example, consumer confidence in the United States has experienced its largest two-month drop in over a year, and retail sales during the holiday season turned out to bequite disappointing.
#4 Good Paying Jobs Will Continue To Be Shipped Out Of The United States
Thanks to decades of “free trade agreements”, workers in the United States must directly compete for jobs with hundreds of millions of workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.
We continue to see millions of jobs being shipped out of the country and our politicians stand by and do nothing.
Most Americans have no idea how this emerging one world economic system works. The beautiful product that you buy at the big retail store may have been made by someone working in some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.
A 42-year-old woman named Julie Keith recently found this letterinside a box of Halloween decorations that had been made in China…
“If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.
People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month).
People who work here, suffer punishment 1-3 years averagely, but without Court Sentence (unlaw punishment). Many of them are Falun Gong practitioners, who are totally innocent people only because they have different believe to CCPG. They often suffer more punishment than others.”
But both political parties continue to tell us how wonderful it is that we are trading with communist China. They see no problem with the fact that good paying jobs that used to be performed in America are now being performed by slave laborers on the other side of the planet. And most Americans continue to support this system by filling their shopping carts with lots of stuff that has “made in China” stamped on it.
#5 Small Businesses Will Continue To Be Destroyed
At the same time, small businesses all over America are being strangled to death by taxes and regulations. Just consider the following numbers from a previous article…
We are told that the economy is supposed to be “recovering”, but the number of “startup jobs” at new businesses has fallen for five years in a row. According to an analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data performed by economist Tim Kane, there were almost 12 startup jobs per 1000 Americans back in the year 2006. By 2011, that figure had fallen to less than 8 startup jobs per 1000 Americans.
How is our economy ever going to thrive if we keep killing off our small businesses?
#6 Hunger And Poverty Will Continue To Explode To Unprecedented Levels
As the U.S. economy bleeds jobs and loses small businesses, the number of Americans living in poverty continues to explode.
Here are some numbers to show to people who still don’t understand how desperate the situation is…
-Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
-According to U.S. Census data, 57 percent of all American children live in a home that is either considered to be “poor” or “low income”.
#7 The Number Of Americans On Food Stamps Will Continue To Increase
If the economy is recovering, then why does the number of Americans on food stamps continue to soar?
As I wrote about yesterday, about 17 million Americans were on food stamps back in the year 2000.
Today, more than 47 million Americans are on food stamps.
Does anyone want to explain to me how that is a sign that things are getting better?
Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.
How much worse do things have to get before people realize that what we are doing is not working?
#8 Millions Of Americans Are About To Lose Their Unemployment Benefits
During this economic crisis, an unprecedented number of American families have been relying on unemployment benefits in order to stay afloat.
Well, if no agreement is reached in Washington D.C., millions of Americans will shortly lose those benefits…
Three million Americans may become unwitting casualties of the political war in Washington over the fiscal cliff.
Since 2008, the federal government has funded extensions of the unemployment insurance offered by states, more than tripling the amount of aid available to the unemployed in some areas. But the program is expensive, with the Congressional Budget Office estimating it would cost $30 billion to extend it through 2013. President Barack Obama wants to extend the benefits for another year, but Congress has already pared back the program, and Republicans insist it represents the kind of largesse Washington can no longer afford.
#9 Our Infrastructure Will Continue To Rot And Decay
The United States once had the most beautiful infrastructure in the entire world. Our highways, bridges, airports, railroads, sewer systems and electrical grids were the envy of the entire planet.
Well, now we don’t even have enough money to repair what we already have, so our infrastructure will continue to rot and decay in 2013…
Highways and bridges will need $2.5 trillion in upgrades if they are to survive for another 50 years — a must-do to keep commerce thriving. And that figure doesn’t even take into account the airports, railroads, subways, sewage-treatment plants, waterworks, levees, electric grids, pipelines, and all of those other expensive systems that people ignore until they break down.
#10 Many Of Our Major Cities Will Continue To Be Transformed Into Festering Hellholes
A lot of our major cities are also rapidly degenerating. Detroit is one of my favorite examples, but the same kinds of things could be said about dozens of other major cities all over the country. The following is a brief excerpt from one of my recent articles…
If you can believe it, more than 50 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty, and close to 50 percent of all adults living in the city are functionally illiterate. The high school graduation rate in Detroit is down to about 25 percent, and the city has become a breeding ground for gangs and violence. The number of murders in Detroit is already higher than last year, and recently groups of young men toting AK-47s have been running around robbing gas stations. How much worse can things possibly get for Detroit?
#11 State And Local Governments Will Find Ways To Squeeze Even More Money Out Of Us
In case you haven’t noticed, state and local governments all over the country are bleeding cash and are desperate for money. In 2013 you can expect them to continue to find more ways to squeeze even more money out of all of us. Here is one example…
Over the course of 2013, the District government will add 134 traffic cameras to its network, more than doubling the size of a system that generated $85 million in revenues for the city in its last fiscal year.
Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told The Washington Examiner that the city will intensify its camera-based efforts to cite motorists for speeding and stoplight violations while also adding cameras to detect other moving violations.
#12 Drug Cartels Will Continue To Easily Cross Our Borders And Terrorize Our Citizens
The federal government continues to refuse to protect our borders, and that means that drug runners and gang members will continue to pour into the United States.
Down in the Southwest, many ranchers are being absolutely terrorized by these criminals. The following is from a recent NBC News article…
Just before nightfall, 73-year-old rancher Jim Chilton hikes quickly up and down the hills on his rugged cattle-grazing land south of Tucson, escorting two U.S. Border Patrol agents.
He wants to show them the disturbing discovery he made earlier in the day: a drug-smugglers’ camp on his private property. Stacked together under a stand of trees are blankets, jackets, food, water, binoculars and bales of marijuana from Mexico wrapped in burlap. The smugglers, themselves, are nowhere in sight and are believed to have fled the area, which is about 10 miles north of the Mexican border.
Chilton has had his house burglarized a couple of times and his family regularly encounters groups of armed drug smugglers coming across from Mexico…
Their cattle fences are frequently cut and paths heading north from Mexico cross their property. Beckham says a smuggler even fired shots at him while he walked his land with a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Several illegal border crossers have also approached his house at night–one even reaching his hand into their bathroom window.
“Several years ago, one of my children was taking a shower and had a gentleman reach into the shower while he was in there, and he came out screaming, absolutely refusing to take a shower for the next couple months.”
But even if you don’t live along the border, all of this still affects you. According to government figures, Mexican drug cartels are actively operating in more than 1,200 U.S. cities right now. They are probably hard at work in the community where you live.
So what is the Obama administration doing to fix the problem?
In fact, the Obama administration is actually encouraging people to come to the U.S. and become dependent on the system. If you can believe it, there is actually a website run by the Department of Homeland Security that teaches immigrants how to apply for welfare benefits once they get into the United States.
#13 Social Decay Will Continue To Accelerate
All over America we are seeing signs of social breakdown. Here is yetanother example…
A woman sleeping on a street bench outside a drug store was doused with an accelerant and set on fire early Thursday morning in Van Nuys.
Witnesses told police that a man poured liquid — possibly a beverage containing alcohol — on the sleeping woman at about 1 a.m. outside a Walgreens store near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. He lit a match and ran from the location, witnesses told police.
Who would just run up and set a woman on fire?
Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. For many more examples like this, please see this article: “20 Shocking Examples Of How Sadistic And Cruel People Have Become“.
We need to admit that we have a major problem on our hands. Violent crime in the United States increased by 18 percent in 2011, and another huge increase is expected when the numbers for 2012 come out.
America is changing, and not for the better.
#14 Global Food Supplies Will Continue To Dwindle
Did you know that for six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced?
As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years.
So what is going to happen if the world continues to eat more food than it makes?
Let us hope that there is not another major drought in 2013. If there is, we could be looking at a very serious food crunch.
#15 Wall Street Will Continue To Resemble A Giant Casino
Our financial system seems to have not learned any lessons from the financial crash of 2008.
Instead of admitting their mistakes, they just continue to engage in even more reckless behavior.
Today, there are four major U.S. banks that each have more than 40 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.
At some point that house of cards is going to collapse and we will be facing a derivatives crisis of unprecedented magnitude.
Will it be in 2013?
#16 The U.S. National Debt Will Cross The 17 Trillion Dollar Mark
In 2013, our national debt will blow past the 17 trillion dollar mark and start heading toward 18 trillion dollars.
How stupid can we possibly be?
During the first four years of the Obama administration, the U.S. national debt has grown by about as much as it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that George W. Bush took office.
It really takes something to match more than 200 years of debt accumulation in less than four years.
But our politicians don’t seem to care about all of this debt. They will continue to steal more than 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day. That is beyond criminal, and yet the American people don’t seem to care.
What in the world has happened to this country?
Of course not everything about 2013 will be bad. Personally, I am looking forward to an exciting year. I have a new book that will be coming out, and my family is blessed and healthy. I would like to wish all of you a very blessed 2013. Things may be falling apart all around us, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a great year even in the midst of all the chaos.
Here is what I sent my Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) today:
Here is what you stated to me via email: “I do not support attempts mandating the Pentagon to undertake a “green” energy agenda. The additional resources allocated to purchasing expensive alternative fuels will take valuable resources away from other national defense priorities. America’s military leaders should only consider purchasing alternative sources of energy when they become cost competitive and a better deal for taxpayers.”
Why are we not moving towards the inevitable green energy & INFINITE sources of energy like solar, wind, hydro-electric and geo-thermal power? We are completely capable civilian-wise and military-wise to make this happen, however the main obstacle I hear and feel is that we are going to effectively limit and/or shut down all the dirty forms of FINITE fossil fuel energy we still have out there of which they are becoming increasingly difficult to retrieve! Common sense, Senator Johnson, would dictate a move away from dirty fossil fuels that are heating up our planet, and making global warming even worse! I would like to hear a really good answer, other than the need for greed or power, as to why our leaders are still insistent on using outdated, overly expensive, heavy pollutant, dirty fossil fuel energy sources that we no longer need thanks to technology and a extreme overabundance of clean, pollutant-free, green energy sources with good paying jobs!
In this April 2011 Congressional Report you will find all the nasty crap that the Hydro-Fracking companies are injecting into the ground. 20,000 lbs. of these chemicals per Frack using 1.8 – 3 million gallons of freshwater per well injection site too. Each well can be Fracked up to 18 times! Only a high estimate of 70% of these chemicals are recovered from the ground, so the rest of it seeps into the ground, groundwater, your well water, streams, rivers, lakes, etc. The recovered chemicals are kept in above-ground lined ponds with a seepage failure rate of 60%! Need I say more? Copy & paste the link below into a new page:
Fracking chemicals and compounds are highly toxic, flammable, carcinogenic and extremely dangerous! There is no reason, other than pure greed, to be using this very environmentally destructive process of Fracking in any form when we have wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power directly from inside our own earth (Iceland is 100% renewable energy now mostly due to geothermal power) to use that will create plenty of new, good-paying jobs in the renewable energy field! Write your Congressional Representatives and urge them to enact a permanent ban on all forms of highly toxic Fracking! Sand or Silica Fracking is dangerous too considering Silica is a known cancer-causing agent that can blow for miles, settle on everything and is impossible to effectively clean up! Act now before America becomes a toxic waste dump worse than what it already is:
John Loeffler (a.k.a. Johnnie Schmeckpeper)
Fountain City, WI
Perry’s greatest accomplishments in Texas:
A 34 billion dollar budget deficit & growing!
- Public School Enrollment – 2nd [i]
- Average Salary of Public School Teachers (2009-2010) – 31st [ii]
- Percent Change in Average Salaries of Public School Teachers, 1999-2000 to 2009-2010 – 38th [iii]
- Current Expenditures per Student – 38th [iv]
- Percentage of Revenue for K-12 Schools from Local Governments, 2009-2010 – 24th [v]
- Percentage of Revenue for K-12 Schools from State Government, 2009-2010 – 40th [vi]
- Percentage of Revenue for K-12 Schools from Federal Government, 2009-2010 – 3rd [vii]
- State & Local Expenditures per Pupil in Public Schools – 44th[viii]
- State Aid Per Pupil in Average Daily Attendance – 47th [ix]
- Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores – 45th [x]
- Percent of Population 25 and Older with a High School Diploma – 50th [xi]
- High School Graduation Rate – 43rd [xii]
- Percent of Adults with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree – 31st [xiii]
- Percentage of Higher Education Enrollment – 9th [xiv]
- Per Capita State Spending on State Arts Agencies – 43rd [xv]
State of the Child
- Birth Rate – 2nd [i]
- Percent of Population Under 18 – 2nd [ii]
- Percent of Uninsured Children – 1st [iii]
- Percent of Children Living in Poverty – 4th [iv]
- Percent of Children Fully Immunized – 14th [v]
- Percent of Children Overweight – 19th [vi]
• Percent of Population Uninsured 1st
• Percent of Non-Elderly Uninsured 1st
• Percent of Low Income Population Covered
by Medicaid 49th
• Percent of Population with
Employer-Based Health Insurance 48th
• Total State Government Health Expenditures
as Percent of the Gross State Product 43rd
• Per Capita State Spending on Mental Health 50th
• Per Capita State Spending on Medicaid 49th
• Percent of Population Physically Active 36th
• Health Care Expenditures per Capita 44th
• Hospital Beds per 1,000 Population 27th
Health Professionals per Capita:
• Physicians 42nd
• Dentists 39th
• Registered Nurses 44th
Health and Well-Being
• Percent Living Below Federal Poverty Level 4th
• Percent of Population with Food Insecurity 2nd
• Average Monthly Women, Infant, and
Children (WIC) Benefits per Person 47th
• Prevalence of Obesity in Adults 16th
• Rate of Death due to Heart Disease 22nd
• Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes 14th
• Diabetes Death Rate 16th
• Percent of Population Who Visit the Dentist 46th
• Overall Birth Rate 2nd
• Teenage Birth Rate 7th
• Births to Unmarried Mothers 17th
• Percent of Women with Pre-Term Birth 9th
• Percent of Non-Elderly Women with
Health Insurance 50th
• Percent of Women Who have had a
Dental Visit within the Past Year 45th
• Rate of Women Aged 40+ Who Receive
• Rate of Women Aged 18+ Who Receive
Pap Smears 37th
• Breast Cancer Rate 42nd
• Cervical Cancer Rate 11th
• Percent of Women with High Blood
• Family Planning 37th
• Percent of Pregnant Women Receiving
Prenatal Care in First Trimester 50th
• Women’s Voter Registration 45th
• Women’s Voter Turnout 49th
• Percent of Women Living in Poverty 6th
• Percentage of Women with Four or More
Years of College 30th
• Percent of Businesses Owned by Women 17th
• Percent of Median Income for Full Time Work 26th
Access to Capital
• Percent of Mortgage Loans that are Subprime 9th
• Mortgage Debt as Percent of Home Value 47th
• Foreclosure Rates 10th
• Private Loans to Small Businesses 30th
• Asset Poverty Rate 36th
• Median Net Worth of Households 47th
• Average Credit Score 49th
• Retirement Plan Participation 47th
• Median Credit Card Debt 19th
• Amount of Carbon Dioxide Emissions 1st
• Amount of Volatile Organic Compounds
Released into Air 1st
• Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Water 1st
• Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing
Carcinogens Released into Air 1st
• Amount of Hazardous Waste Generated 1st
• Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released
into Air 5th
• Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing
Carcinogens Released into Water 7th
• Number of Hazardous Waste Sites on
National Priority List 7th
• Consumption of Energy per Capita 5th
• Average Hourly Earnings of Production
Workers on Manufacturing Payrolls 38th
• Government Employee Wages and Salaries 24th
• Percent of Workforce that are Members
of a Union 41st
• Workers’ Compensation Coverage 50th
Quality of Life
• Income Inequality Between the Rich and
the Poor 9th
• Income Inequality Between the Rich and
the Middle Class 5th
• Median Household Income 34th
• Home Ownership Rate 44th
• Homeowner’s Insurance Affordability 46th
• Auto Insurance Affordability 24th
• Personal Bankruptcy Filings Rate, Per Capita 39th
• Percent of Households with Internet Access 42nd
• Number of Executions 1st
• Rate of Incarceration 9th
• Crime Rate 35th
• Violent Crime Rate 16th
• Murder Rate 20th
• Percent of Murders Involving Firearms 23rd
• Rape Rate 21st
• Robbery Rate 14th
• Property Crime Rate 9th
• Larceny and Theft Rate 6th
• Rate of Motor Vehicle Fatalities 13th
• Percent of Voting-Age Population that
is Registered to Vote 43rd
• Percent of Voting-Age Population that
Children and Families
• In Fiscal Year 2010, there were 78,718 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect.
• Over 280 children died due to abuse or neglect in 2009.
• The rate of immunization in the 4:3:1 series (most basic vaccination series) for Texas children ages 19-35 months was 80.2 percent in 2009, below the national average of 81.5 percent.
• 49 percent of children in Texas live in low-income families – families whose household income is twice the federal poverty level – as opposed to 42 percent nationwide.
• 87 percent of children whose parents do not have a high school degree live in low-income families, compared to 30 percent of children whose parents have some college education.
• In Texas, 66 percent of Latino children and 59 percent of black children live in low-income families, compared to 25 percent of white children.
• 48 percent of children in urban areas and 55 percent of children in rural areas live in low-income families.
• The maximum Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant for a family of three with no income is $250 per month in Texas, ranking 45th amongst the states.
• In FY 2010, the average monthly benefit for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) recipients in Texas was $26.86, the lowest in the nation. The national average was $41.52.
• 24 percent of poor children in Texas are uninsured as compared to 17 percent nationwide.
• In the 2008-2009 school year, Texas 4th graders who were proficient in reading fell 4 percent below the national level with reading levels of 28 percent proficiency.
• In the 2008-2009 school year, Texas 8th graders who were proficient in reading fell 3 percent below the national level with reading levels of 27 percent proficiency.
• 79% of 4th graders in families with low incomes were at a basic performance level in math in comparison to 95% of whites.
• 69% of 8th graders in families with low incomes were at a basic performance level in math in comparison to 89% of whites.
• One in three high school teachers serving the highest percentages of low-income students lack full certification in the subjects they are teaching.
• Nearly 30 percent of the teachers in the highest-poverty schools are not fully certified in mathematics including algebra I, one of the most important courses in high school.
• Almost half of English I teachers working in high schools with the highest proportion of African-American students lack certification in English.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics. It is a nationally recognized assessment of what America’s students “know and can do in various academic subjects.” According to the U.S. Departmentof Education website, “Achievement gaps are calculated by subtracting the scale scores of one subgroup from the scale scores of another subgroup. NAEP scores are based on a scale from 0 to 500. The scale scores are a measure of student performance on the NAEP.”
The following are the differences – or achievement gaps – between the average scale scores of the following groups of Texas students in the 2008-2009 school year:
Whites & Hispanic Students
• 4th grade math: 20
• 8th grade math: 24
• 4th grade reading: 22
• 8th grade reading: 22
White & Black Students
• 4th grade math: 23
• 8th grade math: 28
• 4th grade reading: 19
• 8th grade reading: 25
• In Texas, only 30.7 percent of the population aged 25-35 has an associate’s degree or higher, far less than the national average of 41.6 percent.
• Texas is ranked 42nd in residents 25-35 with an associate’s degree or higher.
• Only 15.9 percent of Hispanics in Texas earned an associate’s degree within a three-year time frame, compared to 43.8 percent for whites.
• Undergraduate students in Texas borrowed on average $4,723 in student loans in 2007, up from $2,873 in 1995.
• Texas currently ranks 42nd in the number of high school graduates going to college, with 55.4 percent.
• In El Paso County, 18.8 percent of the population has a Bachelor’s degree or higher, as opposed to 43.1 percent in Travis County.
• The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University at College Station are the only Texas public institutions of higher education ranked in the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges in the U.S., with UT is at #45 and Texas A&M at #63.
• 50 percent of college freshman in Texas are enrolled in remedial or developmental classes, compared with 28 percent across the U.S.
• Texas funds only 32 percent of need-based financial aid, as opposed to 89 percent by the top-investing states.
• The share of Texan family income needed to pay for college expenses at public four-year institutions increased from 18 percent to 26 percent between 2000 and 2008.
• 36 percent of blacks and 38 percent of Hispanics graduate from a four-year institution within six years, compared with 56 percent of whites.
• 50 percent of first-time, full-time college students earn a Bachelor’s degree within six years of entering college.
• In a 2009 report, Texas had an 18 percent poverty rate among the elderly population (ages 65 and older), compared to the U.S. that had a 14 percent national elderly poverty rate.
• In 2009, there were 33.1 different prescriptions filled at retail drug stores by the elderly in Texas; in the United States, there were 31.2 prescriptions filled by retail drug stores for the elderly.
• The population in Texas that is over 65 years of age will be expected to grow from 2.1 to 7.4 million, or 258 percent, by 2040.
• The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that only one of every 14 elder abuse cases is reported. Only 1 of every 25 cases relating to financial abuse or exploitation – usually committed by family and trusted community members – is reported.
• In 2009, about 50 million people in the United States, or 17 percent, of the non-elderly population were uninsured.
• 28 percent or 6.1 million of the population of Texas is uninsured, the largest share of uninsured in the nation.
• From 2000 to 2009, the annual family health insurance premiums in Texas rose from about $6,600 to $13,221, or about 50 percent. During the same time period, median earnings rose only 38 percent.
• Less than 51 percent of Texas workers under age 65 had employer based health coverage in 2008-09; which is down 9 percent from 2000-2001.
• 16.3 percent of children in Texas were uninsured in 2009, compared to 8.6 percent nationally.
• In Texas, 63 percent of adults between the ages of 19 and 64 living in poverty do not have health insurance.
• Of those uninsured, 59 percent or 3.6 million, are Hispanic.
• 59 percent of Hispanics under age 65 had no health insurance compared with 11 percent of blacks and 26 percent of whites.
• 1.3 million Texas children or 21 percent of the population aged 18 and under, were without health insurance in 2009.
• Texas does not provide Medicaid to parents making even
poverty level incomes; therefore, a working parent of two does not qualify for coverage if he or she makes more than
$4,943.70 in a year.
• A working parent in Texas is eligible for Medicaid if his or her income does not exceed 27 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). The FPL for a family of 3 is $18,310.
• Texas will have over 27,000 nursing vacancies by 2010, and that number is expected to double by 2015.
• By 2015, Texas would need more than 4,500 additional primary care doctors and other medical professionals in order to serve all of the state’s medically disenfranchised population.
• Harris County, which includes Houston, Texas, has 28,274 licensed Resident Nurses; 20,220 of whom are employed as full-time nurses while 2,921 are unemployed.
• Travis County, which includes Austin, Texas, has 7,984 licensed Resident Nurses; 5,118 of whom are employed as full-time nurses while 956 are unemployed.
• Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, Texas, has 16,363 licensed Resident Nurses; 11920 of whom are employed as full-time nurses while 1,582 are unemployed.
• Dallas County, which includes Dallas, Texas, has 16,718 licensed Resident Nurses; 12,208 of whom are employed as full-time nurses while 1,521 are unemployed.
• El Paso County, which includes El Paso, Texas, has 5,424 licensed Resident Nurses; 4,081 of whom are employed as full-time nurses while 517 are unemployed.
• Lamar County, which includes Paris, Texas, has 650 licensed Resident Nurses; 491 of whom are employed as full-time nurses while 67 are unemployed.
• Potter County, which includes Amarillo, Texas, has 1,228 licensed Resident Nurses; 858 of whom are employed as full-time nurses while 143 are unemployed.
Income Disparity and Employment
- The personal per capita income for Texans in 2009 was $36,484.[i]
- 4.26 million Texans live in poverty, representing 17.3 percent of the state’s population.[ii]
- Only 5.5 percent of Texas workers are members of a union.[iii]
- 47 percent of Texas children live in low-income families.[iv]
- Starr County led the state with 78.6 percent of the population considered low income.[v]
- The richest 20 percent of Texas families have average incomes 7.9 times larger than the poorest 20 percent of families, ranking as the 9th highest gap in the nation. This ratio was 7.0 in the late 1980s.[vi]
- The richest 20 percent of Texas families have average incomes 2.8 times larger than the middle 20 percent of families, ranking as the 5th highest gap in the nation. This ratio was 2.3 in the late 1980s.[vii]
- From the late 1980s to the mid-2000s, the average income of the poorest 20 percent of families increased $2,657, from $13,430 to $16,088.[viii]
- From the late 1980s to the mid-2000s, the average income of the middle 20 percent of families increased $4,528, from $40,046 to $44,574.[ix]
From the late 1980s to the mid-2000s, the average income of the richest 20 percent of families increased $32,813, from $93,846 to $126,658.[x]
- A 2009 study named Texas’ tax system as one of the ten most regressive states in the nation.[i]
- A 2009 study found that Texas requires families in the bottom 20 percent of the income scale to pay more than three-and-a-half times as great a share of their earnings in taxes as the top one percent.[ii]
- The poor in Texas pay 12.2 percent of their income in taxes, the fifth highest percentage in the country.[iii]
- Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston were ranked 5th and 6th respectively among the 15 largest metropolitan cities in the yearly number of hours delayed in traffic.[i]
- Over the next 25 years, road use in Texas will grow by 214 percent, much of it concentrated in the state’s most congested metropolitan areas.[ii]
- Texas has 50,189 bridges, about 40 percent more than any other state.[iii]
In 2009, there were 3,071 traffic fatalities.[iv]
- In 2008, the birth rate for ages 15-19 in Texas was 63.4 per every 1,000 people, compared to 41.5 in the U.S., giving Texas the third highest teen birth rate in the nation.[i]
- According to a 2009 study of sex education materials from 96 percent of all Texas schools, only 4 percent of schools in Texas teach about pregnancy and STD prevention in schools.[ii]
- 3.7 million Texas students are not taught basic information in public schools about STD prevention and unplanned pregnancies, and 25 percent of Texas school districts have no formal policyregulating sex education.[iii]
- 41 percent of sex education materials used in Texas school districts contains factual errors.[iv]
53 percent of Texas students have had sexual intercourse, compared with 48 percent nationwide; 17 percent of Texas students have had sexual intercourse with four or more persons in their life, compared with 15 percent nationwide; and 43.6 percent of Texas students did not use a condom during their last instance of sexual intercourse, compared with 38.5 percent nationwide.[v]
Oh yeah, the vaunted job creation in TX is because of the gas/oil boom there – nothing to do with Perry!
LET THEM SECEDE! THEY’LL BE DOING US A FAVOR!!
Turn Down The Heat: Why A 4 Degree (Celsius) Warmer World Must Be Avoided! (Click on title or link to read full report!)
It is my hope that this report shocks us into action. Even for those of us already committed to fighting
climate change, I hope it causes us to work with much more urgency.
This report spells out what the world would be like if it warmed by 4 degrees Celsius, which is what
scientists are nearly unanimously predicting by the end of the century, without serious policy changes.
The 4°C scenarios are devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water
scarcity in many regions; increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of
biodiversity, including coral reef systems.
And most importantly, a 4°C world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs.
The lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach of millions of people
in the developing world, it threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development.
It is clear that we already know a great deal about the threat before us. The science is unequivocal
that humans are the cause of global warming, and major changes are already being observed: global mean
warming is 0.8°C above pre industrial levels; oceans have warmed by 0.09°C since the 1950s and are acidifying; sea levels rose by about 20 cm since pre-industrial times and are now rising at 3.2 cm per decade;
an exceptional number of extreme heat waves occurred in the last decade; major food crop growing areas
are increasingly affected by drought.
Despite the global community’s best intentions to keep global warming below a 2°C increase above
pre-industrial climate, higher levels of warming are increasingly likely. Scientists agree that countries’ current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change emission pledges and commitments would
most likely result in 3.5 to 4°C warming. And the longer those pledges remain unmet, the more likely a
4°C world becomes.
Data and evidence drive the work of the World Bank Group. Science reports, including those produced
by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, informed our decision to ramp up work on these issues,
leading to, a World Development Report on climate change designed to improve our understanding of the
implications of a warming planet; a Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change, and a report
on Inclusive Green Growth. The World Bank is a leading advocate for ambitious action on climate change,
not only because it is a moral imperative, but because it makes good economic sense.
But what if we fail to ramp up efforts on mitigation? What are the implications of a 4°C world? We
commissioned this report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics
to help us understand the state of the science and the potential impact on development in such a world.
It would be so dramatically different from today’s world that it is hard to describe accurately; much relies
on complex projections and interpretations.
We are well aware of the uncertainty that surrounds these scenarios and we know that different scholars
and studies sometimes disagree on the degree of risk. But the fact that such scenarios cannot be discarded
is sufficient to justify strengthening current climate change policies. Finding ways to avoid that scenario is
vital for the health and welfare of communities around the world. While every region of the world will be
affected, the poor and most vulnerable would be hit hardest.
A 4°C world can, and must, be avoided.
The World Bank Group will continue to be a strong advocate for international and regional agreements
and increasing climate financing. We will redouble our efforts to support fast growing national initiatives
to mitigate carbon emissions and build adaptive capacity as well as support inclusive green growth and
climate smart development. Our work on inclusive green growth has shown that—through more efficiency
and smarter use of energy and natural resources—many opportunities exist to drastically reduce the climate
impact of development, without slowing down poverty alleviation and economic growth.
This report is a stark reminder that climate change affects everything. The solutions don’t lie only in
climate finance or climate projects. The solutions lie in effective risk management and ensuring all our
work, all our thinking, is designed with the threat of a 4°C degree world in mind. The World Bank Group
will step up to the challenge.
Dr. Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
by John Loeffler
The title says it all for the 99.999% of us who are not wealthy and run the world like the Bilderberg group does, major CEOs of major corporations like Monsanto, Bayer, BP, Shell, Wall St., Halliburton, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, GM, Ford, Pepsico, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Verizon, and the never-ending list of thieves goes on! The cause and effect scenario I am laying out is simple and clearly stated. The Bilderberg group, the elite of the elite of this world, are responsible for what’s going on in every country, especially the downfall of the United States of America. They want to bring about a one-world government where the richest of the rich control everything you say, do, and buy. They have their minions in some of the biggest, greediest, most corruptly run companies the history of our world has ever witnessed (see tiny list above)! From dirty and increasingly expensive forms of fossil fuels to GMO-produced poisonous food and beverages to mortgage companies and Wall St., they are all making a figurative and literal killing off of us to further their objective of becoming so wealthy and worldly dominant that the average Joe or Jane has no say in what goes on any longer. Free speech is quickly becoming a thing of the past due to Obama’s secretly passed Executive Orders, increased use of drone strikes, spying on our own citizens, spraying us with toxic Chemtrails to slow global warming AND use those same Chemtrails to control global weather to use against us to “control” us and also our enemies, forcing us to eat genetically modified food (GMOs restricted or outright banned in 50 countries to date) that is made with built-in insecticides, having to spray those GMO crops with twice as much herbicide to kill off herbicide-resistant strains of weeds from overuse of weed killers, and letting us mortgage our homes in a over-priced market causing a massive housing bubble burst that sent millions of U.S. citizens into bankruptcy with no home left! And the list goes on! My point is that our society has become so complacent, naive, ignorant, and down-right gullible that we will believe anything the government-controlled mass media feeds us causing a whole host of problems from all forms of toxic and carcinogenic Fracking or Fracturing like Hydraulic Fracturing or Sand Fracking to corruption on a massive scale that has leaked its way into the very foundation of our government that is supposed to protect and serve us! Citizens United’s 2010 Constitutional Amendment gave corporations the right to individualism and unlimited campaign contributions which gave us the most expensive political election year (2012) ever! CEOs and their corporations are using a massive funnel of billions of dollars to lobby our elected officials from the very top down to your most local representatives in every federal, state and local government office in the U.S.! We allow this to happen (cause), and then we wonder why things are so bad (effect)?!! To make matters worse, our politicians and these major corporations, in compliance with what the Bilderberg group wants to have done, have deeply divided the United States in such a partisan fashion that it will take a miracle in order to bring us all together to fight the massive fraud and corruption that has consumed our nation and most other nations in the world. All in the name of the almighty dollar and need for power! As long as we allow greed and power to dominate us we will be helpless and hopeless to take back anything resembling a normal society based on easily obtainable, finite sources of energy with good paying jobs, and the need to direct our own fate instead of letting the most elite do it for us. You can see where it’s led us so far! Don’t like the direction we are heading? Quit complaining, rise up and create positive change by getting rid of the negative “Cause and Effect” that has stricken almost all of us like a resurgent case of Polio!