Per-capita spending is up
"In the period from 2007 to 2011, the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner reported an 18 percent decline in the state’s total medical spending."
Figure is 15 years old
More than 40 percent of sales nationally are made without background checks.
Laws allow use for many conditions
"Eighty percent of those who have applied for licenses have no cancer, no Parkinson's disease or glaucoma. They have nothing you would associate [with] the use of medical marijuana."
Flying dog claim distracts from real risk
Driving with a dog in your lap is dangerous, in part, because it could fly forward in a crash. "An 80-pound dog at only 30 mph packs a 2,400-pound punch."
Ancient numbers, but trend persists.
"Last year, handguns killed 48 people in Japan, 8 in Great Britain, 34 in Switzerland, 52 in Canada, 58 in Israel, 21 in Sweden, 42 in West Germany and 10,728 in the United States."
Even with broad definition of welfare, number is high
"Our welfare system now consumes 42 percent of our budget."
Confusing cause and effect
"Under the Obama administration, we are drilling and producing more domestic energy supplies than we ever had before."
Savings not really a cut?
"President Obama is attacking Paul Ryan on Medicare even though it is his administration with the help of Jim Langevin who cut $716 billion from Medicare."
Depends on who's counting; "burden" debatable.
Rhode Island has "the most burdensome level of health-insurance mandates in the nation."
Medical costs among many causes of bankruptcy
"The largest number of bankruptcies in our country are really as a result of health care."
Rate fell under 7 of 8 Democratic governors as well
"Unemployment rate dropped in every state that elected a Republican gov. in 2010"
Estimated range is even broader.
"Two thirds to three quarters of people without [health] insurance in Rhode Island work."
The facts that got away
"No one in Rhode Island -- not just children, no one in Rhode Island -- should eat more than one serving of freshwater fish caught in our state each month."
Repaying a loan to himself
"Jimmy Langevin is having a fundraiser . . . to retire the debt from his campaign for secretary of state, which was 12 years ago."
Decline started before Obama became president
"The number of new businesses started per year has dropped by 100,000 during this president’s term."
Perhaps statewide change in grading system helped?
Says his reform efforts improved performance at all 10 low-performing schools in Palm Beach, Florida.
Higher than other states, but not that high
"Having an entirely Democrat congressional delegation in 2009, when the [federal stimulus] bill passed, increases the per capita stimulus dollars that the state receives per person by $460."
Comparisons are problematic
If Rhode Island raises the meal and beverage tax to 10 percent, it would be the "fourth-highest in the nation."
Nobody really knows the amount of Medicare fraud.
"We have $60 billion in 2010 in Medicare fraud."
All abuse yes; physical abuse no
"One out of four of our young people say they are victims of this (dating) violence."
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