Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, you may not impress them by telling them you read blogs…

This week I write about the Fiscal Cliff, Sandy, unemployment, 113th Congress, Steve Daines, Danica McKellar, Veterans in 113th, Denny Rehberg, Jon Tester, Top Videos of 2012, Bowl Championship Series, Honey Bun, and much more!

4, 000,000,000,000

According to The Hill, the “deal to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff’ will add roughly $4 trillion to the deficit when compared to current law, according to new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Will the folks in Washington, D.C. ever learn?

9,000,000,000

The U.S. House will vote on a $9 billion flood insurance package on Friday for the victims of Super storm Sandy after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie blamed Speaker John Boehner and the House majority for their lack of help in securing disaster funds. They will then vote on an additional $51 billion in two weeks.

It’s shameful that the House did not approve this funding weeks ago…

372,000

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “In the week ending December 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 372,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 362,000.”

In simpler terms, 372,000 people filed new claims for unemployment…

113

The 113th Congress will convene today (Thursday, January 3) for a two year run.

Who‘s excited?  The expectations are pretty low…

82

That’s how many freshmen there will be in the U.S. House for the start of the 113th Congress, including Steve Daines, who will be sworn in as Montana’s lone Representative.

On Friday he starts getting sworn at…

81

That’s how many women will be in the U.S. House for the 113th Congress

49

On this date in 1959, Alaska became the 49th state.

38

Happy 38th birthday to Danica McKellar of “The Wonder Years” fame.

Didn’t every guy have a crush on Winnie Cooper?

23

That’s the age of the Montana Millionaire winner, Sam Polesky.

Lucky guy…

20

That’s how many women will be in the U.S. Senate for the 113th Congress.

19

According USA Today, “In 2013, just 19% of the 535 combined members in the U.S. House and Senate will have active-duty military service on their resume, down from a peak in 1977 when 80% of lawmakers boasted military service.”

Members of Congress should hire veterans on their staff, which would keep many of them from looking ignorant about military and veterans’ issues…

10

Here are the “Top 10 Viral Videos of 2012” from the Kansas City Star!

6

Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) exits the U.S. House of Representatives today after serving six terms.

Thank you for your service…

5

That’s how many Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games there are with the National Championship between Alabama and Notre Dame being played Monday night.

2

U. S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) will start his second six-year term today as Montana’s junior senator.

Congratulations…

1.29

According to this report, “An 18-year-old man was jailed in Brevard County after being accused of stuffing a $1.29 Iced Honey Bun down his pants and leaving a store.”

The Honey Bun was not recovered…

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