Washington Examiner: Obama’s EPA rule, by the numbers

The Washington Examiner, citing National Economic Research Associates, reports the following in its “Prime Numbers” feature:

11% – Average increase in electricity prices because of proposed Environmental Protection Agency pollution regulations

$180b – Amount new EPA pollution regulations will cost the coal-fired power plant industry

1.44m – Estimated number of jobs that would be lost by 2020 is the regulations are enacted

Americans want to decentralize, get government out of, retirement planning

A plurality of Americans support moving Social Security from a government entitlement to private investment, a new Reason-Rupe poll finds.

Overall, 45 percent support "reducing Social Security taxes and allowing individuals to invest in their own retirement instead."  41 percent oppose such a plan.

Even better, 52 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 support such a plan.  Only 31 percent oppose it.

Is Congress listening?

"72 percent of Americans favor reducing U.S. assistance to foreign countries as a way to reduce the national debt."

"65 percent overall [Republicans & Democrats] favor reducing military commitments overseas."

(Figures from a Pew Research Center poll of 1,059 adults conducted May 25 to 30, reported by The Washington Times' Jennifer Harper)