Some Economic Facts From Mother Jones.

Thought I would pass along these little gems first thing this morning, just a “pick-me-up” to start your day with.

In 2007, the top 5 firms paid out $39 billion on bonuses, even as their shareholders lost $74 billion. Those same firms have now received $60 billion in bailout funds.

In December, after just 3 months on the job, Merrill Lynch executive VP Peter Kraus quit with a $25 million parachute. A day earlier, Kraus’ wife paid $36.6 million for a Park Avenue apartment.

In the first 3 quarters of 2008, finance, insurance, and real estate companies spent $343 million on lobbying.

A week after it’s $4 billion bailout, Chrysler spent more than $200,000 for a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal that read “Thank You America”.

There were a ton more, but really – I only need a few to get my blood boiling. How about you?

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