“Want better education? Hire better teachers or investigate the ones we have. Also school should be 11 months a year and not 9.”
wilandon on Jul 14, 2012 at 23:30:53
“Really?? First off, school ends in the middle of June and the teachers are going back the middle of August for in-service, etc. Teachers don't set the school year schedule. Got that?? Secondly, what teachers need to be investigated? For what?? Yes, let's investigate them for having 32 children in their classroom instead of 20. It's THEIR fault, right? You are ridiculous and totally uneducated. How ironic.”
Uber on Jul 14, 2012 at 23:23:29
“Investigate the teachers? What do you propose? An FBI background check? A transvaginal ultrasound? Shall we have a proctologist investigate them too?
Do you know who absolutely ridiculous you sound? Do you know you sound a Nazi, who is going after teachers--teachers--like they are some criminal element?”
“So she takes the lump sum of 1 million dollars which comes out to 408,003? So the damn IRS/government gets to keep close to 600,000 automatically huh?”
mr mike reality on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:22:22
“not really she still has to pay taxes (not positive on this as I haven't checked it lately) and this is just part of the con game they use to get suckers to buy tickets.”
Alicia78 on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:21:00
“It supposedly goes to the public schools”
LemmonHerk on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:20:25
“NO, that isn't how it works. Here's the deal: Say you win a million bucks. The standard pay-out schedule is usually over 20 years. In other words, you didn't win one million bucks, you won ONE MILLION BUCKS PAID OVER TWENTY YEARS, or $50K per year for 20 years. OK, fine. But! Let's say you want a lump sum, so you can start a business. OK, you can have a lump sum pay-out, if you prefer, but the State Lottery was expecting to have 20 years to cover its obligation to you. If you want all your dough now, OK, but it'll cost you ... say, for example, 20% off your net AFTER TAXES. The 20% would go to the state, plus the state would get its taxes up front on the whole thing. That's wherenyou take it in the shorts. Pay-out over time, if you have the discipline, will net you more than a lump-sum payout.”
Jim Nolan on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:19:33
“That's not the way it works, the $1,000,000.00 prize is to be paid out over a set number of years and at the end it will have be paid in full. If you choose a "lump sum" you only get the initial portion that is set-aside to begin the eventual $1,000,000.00 payout. After the "lump-sum" payment is paid, then the various governments get their cut. "Lump Sum" only works if it's $10,000,000.00 or more otherwise taxes will eat you alive and that awesome payout becomes mere peanuts.”
Jay Elliott on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:18:44
“Excellent point, I never thought of that?”
whatsamatayou on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:17:49
“Nope. When you win a Million Dollar lottery, the lottery doesn't have the Million in the first place. They only have the $408,003 (about half the total income from ticket sales) that you can take all at once or you can take the Million in smaller payments spread out over a couple of decades and the lottery invests the $408,003 and pays you your yearly installments from the investment.
Then if you take the lump sum payment, you only pay taxes on the $408,003 which would be about $75,000 in federal taxes depending on your other income and deductions.”
kingbrownster on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:16:06
“yea and state taxes to boot it is crazy plus they might have owed on something else all of that is ran before they pay it out”
Ray Micharski on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:14:07
“NO THE LUMP SUM IS 650,000..THEN TAXES COME OUT.....BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL....”
Ray Micharski on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:12:19
“NO THEY GIVE YOU A LESSER AMOUNT..650,000 IF YOU TAKE THE LUMP SUM. AFTER, THEY TAKE USUALLY 25% FOR TAXES BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL....WHICH DOESNT MEAN THATS WHAT YOU PAY....WHEN YOU DO YOUR TAXES AT THE END OF THE YEAR..YOU SHOW THAT 650,000 AND THEN THE 200,000 OR SO THAT WAS TAKEN OUT FOR TAXES...YOU MIGHT OWE OR GET A REFUND...”
Bob Moody on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:11:59
“one million dollars over 20 years disxcounted to present value then taxes are withheld”
Ken Koziol on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:11:58
“No she took the lump sum payment which is only about 40% of the jackpot. The IRS gets their 30% off what she took, therefore the IRS took $122000.”
fredrdr on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:11:01
“State takes it cut too.”
JWCCards on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:10:59
“Not exactly. I believe they have the choice to take $408,003 OR have annual payments of for example $33,333 for 30 years Apparently, she took the lump sum.”
ObamaLovesAll1 on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:09:36
“sigh really how much more can you possibly fail here?
First of all if you take the lump sum you agree to take less money than you won, probably 20-30% less.
Secondly yes the rest of the money goes to the government but it's state, local AND federal taxes, it's not like the federal government is the only one with their hand out.”
lakota6020 on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:09:16
“Can you just imagine when our taxes goes up! We will probably be working our tails off and still have to give the gov. an IOU. lol”
janichka on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:08:12
“yea, a 60% tax on winnings is completely unfounded. i can see 30-35%, maybe even 40%, but really how can they justify stealingover 60% of winnings they didnt pay a single cent into? BTW are they gonig to ask the government for the 600k back? haha”
“I can't say anything negative about this issue because alcohol could be very addicting. I used to drink quite a bit myself and at first it was hard to quit, but I did quit eventually. I hope he gets the help he needs.”
“I don't like Brewer much, but every once in a while she does something I support like deny same sex benefits. At least she's got some morals and values and knows the importance of true marriage between one man and one woman.”
“It's not so much a "historic vote". It's more like they've gone astray from the word of GOD to support sin.”
Coz McRae on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:02:01
“Why don't you let them decide for themselves what they do or don't consider the word of God--and what is sin.
Or maybe you have some qualifications such that YIOU are supremely qualified to know what God wants, likes, etc., etc.”
bump00000 on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:48:55
“Very much like Henry VIII broke with the Chruch because they wouldn't let him sin by divorcing his wife and getting remarried. Now look at ALL the churchs that allow that SIN.”
kayo1025 on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:40:18
“Jezebel must be so proud.”
EFMGrad on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:37:38
“How do you know it's not the other way around? Maybe excluding people is where we went astray.”
“You want more job losses, more unemployment, more government to run your life, then by all means vote for Obama.”
zdubchi on Jul 10, 2012 at 23:03:45
“And if you want more of what Bush gave us vote for Romney. If you want higher taxes on the middle class and lower taxes for the rich vote for Romney. If you want pollution and more wall street scandals vote for Romney. If you want less teachers and overcrowded classrooms vote for Romney. If you want less cops and firefighters vote for Romney. If you want more and more people without health care and the cost of care to continue to rise vote for Romney. If you want middle class wages to continue to go down and the wealth inequality to rise vote for Romney. If you want social security to be privatized and medicare to go away vote for Romney.
Taxes have been the lowest than at any time in the last 50 years. Our regulatory agencies have been as ineffective than at any point. Our oversight on wall street and the banks are a joke. The Bush years brought us the worst period of job creation in decades. Obama bent the curve and we still see positive growth even though its slowed down in recent months. We could create millions of jobs if we spent money on our infrastructure. The bills are there.”
MNJim on Jul 10, 2012 at 23:00:40
“Better do a little more research before you embarrass yourself in public again, especially about issues such as timing of the large job losses and unemployment numbers and when the economy started to recover, when the stock market started to recover, when exports started to rise, when the retail segment started to post gains. You know---indicators of what is really happening.”
Hothgor on Jul 10, 2012 at 22:57:15
“We've had 20+ months of job growth.
Unemployment has declined from its peak.
Government has grown at its slowest pace in 60+ years.