Obama does it again ?

angry bald eagleHere’s the rumor:     First it was the $20 bill, now President Barack Obama is ready to replace the bald eagle, which has been America’s national animal and mascot for 234 years!

But Actually ….

The National Bison Legacy Act, which designated the bison as the national mammal of the United States, was passed by the Republican Congress in April 2016.

While this legislation will give the United States its first national mammal, it will have no effect on the bald eagle’s status as the United States’ national bird, nor as its national symbol.

 

Hillary Clinton – “What difference does it make?”

clinton at bengahziIt’s time to be honest about the “what difference does it make?”  comment H Clinton made to the Senate Committee investigating Benghazi on Jan 23, 2013.  This comment has been taken out of context at every opportunity.   It’s one sentence in the middle of a 7 sentence response to a question from Republican Senator Ron Johnson who asked her whether the attack on our embassy was due to protest or a video.    Her response was:

With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.

I’m sure some people won’t want to believe this quote – which comes from the official transcript of the Senate Committee – so why not watch the actual video of her specific answer to this question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka0_nz53CcM

Are there more Voters than Workers in the USA?

“The problems we face today are because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

This is an interesting quote, but let’s see if this is true?

There are 325 million people living in America in 2016

  • 60 million are below the voting age of 18 – so they definitely are non-voters
  • 41 million are over 65 years of age.   But only 85% of them are US citizens and of those 35m only 60% do actually vote – that’s 21m voters and 20m non- voters.
  • 224 adults are between the age of 18-65.  But, only 80% of them are US citizens and of those 179m only 57% vote – that’s 102m voters – and  77m non-voters.

Therefore the total number of actual voters is approximately 123m (which is very close to the number that actually voted in the 2012 Presidential election – 125m).  21m over age 65 plus 102m between 18-64.

 

The question the remains:  Are there fewer than 123m people who work for a living?

  • Only 5% of those under 18 years of age work for a living – that’s 0.9m
  • About 10% of those over 65 work for a living – that’s 4.1m
  • About 60% of those 18-64 work for a living – that’s 134.0m

Therefore the total number of residents working for a living adds to 139m.   (Another way to verify this is to use the Employment Participation Rate – which is currently 63% of 224m adults = 138.8million – pretty close.)

So,  the total number of actual voters is 123m – which is 16m fewer than people who work for a living.

FINAL VERIDCT:   The quote, while provocative,  is false.