Almost 2,400 people who received unemployment insurance in 2009 lived in households with annual incomes of $1 million or more, according to the Congressional Research Service.
The report was released after about 1.1 million people exhausted their jobless benefits during the second quarter of 2012, when more than 4.6 million filed initial unemployment claims. Eliminating those payments to high earners is one idea being considered as U.S. lawmakers struggle to curb a projected $1.1 trillion deficit for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, with the nationwide jobless rate at 8.1 percent.
“Sending millionaires unemployment checks is a case study in out-of-control spending,” U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said in an e-mail. “Providing welfare to the wealthy undermines the program for those who need it most while burdening future generations with senseless debt.”
At last I agree with Tom Coburn on something.
Parents in El Paso, Texas say they were shocked to find out that a teacher at Hughey Elementary asked their children to depict airplanes flying into buildings, explosions and people jumping to their deaths to remember the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“We had to draw the boom cloud, the planes hitting, and people jumping out of the windows,” the daughter of Ivie Gremillion recalled.
The girl’s drawing shows people jumping out of burning buildings and yelling, “Help!” and “I love you!” One student’s drawing obtained by KFOX had the writing, “One way ticket to heaven.”
In another picture, the terrorist pilots are laughing as they fly planes into the World Trade Center.
“That’s something that kids should get in trouble for drawing,” Gremillion said. “That’s people being murdered, committing suicide.”
According to the El Paso mom, the teacher taught students that “the Afghans did this because they hate all of us and want to kill all of us.”
A neighbor’s son was so distraught after the Monday assignment that he did not want to go to school the next day.
“He was under the impression that this happens every 9/11,” Gremillion explained.
To make matter’s worse, Gremillion’s husband is being deployed to Afghanistan later this year.
“She like, ‘My dad’s going to die,’” she said her daughter told her. “I would like a counselor to go in there and re-explain all this to that class.”
“The way she worded [it] is just teaching racism and hate for an entire nation, and that’s not OK,” Gremillion insisted.
El Paso Independent School District confirmed to KFOX that students were asked to draw pictures of 9/11 after a class discussion about the tragedy.
WHAT. THE FUCK.
Oh look, more reasons to homeschool my kid forever …
BREAKING VIA AP: “A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November. A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.”
This year’s crop of CEOs averaged $20.4 million in total compensation, a 23% percent increase over the average for last year’s batch of top executives.
Meanwhile, the companies they worked for received an average of a $163 million tax refund from the federal government. Only a handful of businesses paid any federal taxes in 2011.
"The four most direct tax subsidies for excessive executive pay cost taxpayers an estimated $14.4 billion per year — $46 for every American man, woman, and child," writes the IPS. "That amount could also cover the annual cost of hiring 211,732 elementary-school teachers or creating 241,593 clean-energy jobs."
Well, we know why y’all came here… to look at the list:
Miles D. White
$586 million tax refund
Advanced Micro Devices
Rory P. Read
$3 million tax refund
John P. Daane
$22 million paid in taxes
Robert H. Benmosche
$208 million tax refund
James T. Hackett
$381 million tax refund
Randall L. Stephenson
$420 million tax refund
W. James McNerney Jr.
$605 million tax refund
Scott A. McGregor
$0 taxes paid
Aubrey Kerr McClendon
$13 million paid in taxes
Vikram S. Pandit
$144 million tax refund
Kirk S. Hachigian
$29 million tax refund
H. Lawrence Culp Jr.
$6 million tax refund
$143 million tax refund
Anthony J. Alexander
$243 million tax refund
$4 million tax refund
David J. Lesar
$1.026 billion tax refund
John V. Faraci
$78 million tax refund
$0 paid in taxes
Clarence P. Cazalot Jr.
$210 million tax refund
Marsh & McLennan
$7 million paid in taxes
Sanjay K. Jha
$0 paid in taxes
Gregory Q. Brown
$2 million paid in taxes
Michael B. Polk
$37 million tax refund
Marc R. Benioff
$9 million paid in taxes
Jay S. Fishman
$176 million tax refund
Edward D. Breen
$4 million tax refund
Mother Jones breaks down the numbers
- Of the 137 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally.
- The average age of the killers was 35. Only one of them was a woman.
- In the sixty mass shootings, forty two of the killers were white males.
How did 21-year-old Chavis Carter get shot in the head while handcuffed in a police car?
You probably don’t know anything yet about Chavis Carter, but you should:
Carter, who died at the hospital, was in the passenger seat of a pickup truck that was pulled over by police just before 10 pm,reports WREG. According to Officer Keith Baggett who was on the scene, Officer Ron Marsh found “some marijuana” and several new plastic baggies when he searched Carter.
When they ran his information through dispatch, they found that he was wanted on a warrant in Mississippi, where he lived. The cops then handcuffed him, searched him again, and put him in the back of the patrol car. While Baggett searched the vehicle, he claims he heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound” on his trunk and saw Marsh motion to him.
The thumping noise, according to the cops, was Carter shooting himself in the head.