A recent poll has shown that far more people are in agreement with the Occupy Wall Street movement than are opposed to it
This graph of the number of workers who receive disability payments is pretty shocking.
“The program costs $200 billion per year when you add in cost of Medicare. It’s basically almost $2,000 per household, per year,”
I used this website to get some statistics on how common various disabilities are. 12.1% of americans are disabled. 2.3% have a visual disability. 3.5% have a hearing disability. 6.9% have an ambulatory disability. 4.8% have a cognitive disability. 2.6% have a self-care disability (A person with a physical, mental, or emotional condition lasting six months or more, who has difficulty dressing, bathing, or getting around inside the home). 5.5% have an independent living disability.
“Though the benefits are relatively modest — only about $1,000 a month — getting approved for disability can be a difficult process of appeals and hearings that typically lasts a year or more. Few who have qualified want to risk those benefits for a job that might not last.”
So people are essentially choosing to remain disabled when they could work - which brings up an interesting dilemma.
Sad. That’s over 100 times more Iraqi and Afghan casualties than American.
As of Sept, 11, 2010
This is depressing me so much :(
“The late John O Blackburn of Duke University calculated a ”historic crossover” of solar and nuclear costs in 2010 in North Carolina. Whereas ”commercial-scale solar developers are already offering utilities electricity at 14 cents or less per kWh,” Blackburn estimated that a new nuclear plant (none of which is even under construction) would deliver power for 14–18 cents per kWh.” (via Power from renewable sources surpasses Nuclear power for the first time)
Nuclear can be expensive when you consider insurance, waste and other issues which are often ignored in the quoted price.
Thanks to Brian for submitting this in :)
The 400 top taxpayers’ total income as a share of all national income has tripled, from 0.52% in 1992 to 1.59% in 2007.
To me this was an interesting stat….
Yeah, there are just too many deductions if those making millions can avoid paying tax. Yes there are tax free bonds…but I don’t like the idea that the issuers of those tax free bonds benefit while the federal government gets shafted.