An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin
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In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.
This week I write about food stamps, unemployment, the treason petition, Hillary’s deleted emails, tickets for Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, the Montana GOP Statewide Lincoln Reagan Dinner, letter to Iran & Steve Daines, firearm owners, government is the problem, guns on campuses & keggers, preschool programs, and much more!
I doubt there are very many people who want to actually be on food stamps, but would rather have a job or a job that paid them enough to make ends meet.
That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. This is a decrease from the week before. (Source)
Decreases are good!
As of this morning, that is how many signatures a petition on whitehouse.gov has that is “calling for charges to be filed against the 47 senators who sent an open letter to the leaders of Iran, possibly in violation of the Logan Act.” (Source) Senator Steve Daines of Montana signed the letter.
The petition states, “This is a clear violation of federal law. In attempting to undermine our own nation, these 47 senators have committed treason.”
The New York Times and several other news outlets reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “turned over some 30,490 emails to the State Department in December, nearly two years after leaving office. But she said she had deleted nearly 32,000 others.” (Source)
Email-gate has been fun to watch –it’s given me a few laughs. Of course Republicans are trying to say email-gate is the worst thing ever, while some Democrats are jumping on the bandwagon because they want someone like Elizabeth Warren to run for President. We’ll see if Hillary survives this, or if she even wants to face this for the next two years.
The tickets for the May 2 Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight will range from $1,500 to $7,500. (Source)
This should be a good fight.
That’s how much it will cost to attend the “MTGOP Statewide Lincoln Reagan Dinner” this Saturday in Helena. (Source)
It costs $50 for the ticket and $3.49 for a fee, which might turn some GOP members off because some in the GOP ranks have called fees another name for taxes. We know how the GOP hates taxes.
That’s how many senators signed a letter to the leaders of Iran about a nuclear deal. Senator Steve Daines of Montana signed the letter. His reason for signing the letter can be read HERE.
There are too many class presidents…
“According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010.”
If you’re a criminal, the odds are in your favor that the house you are breaking into does not have a gun. So, do you feel lucky…
Gallup polling reported, “Americans continue to name the government (18%) as the most important U.S. problem, a distinction it has had for the past four months.”
To make keggers and classes much more interesting on Montana college campuses the (Montana) House Judiciary Committee “voted 11-10 Wednesday to pass and send to the House floor for debate a bill to allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns on state university campuses.” (Source)
Go ahead and shake your head. I am.
After a GOP-led budget panel rejected Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s $37 million proposal for public preschool programs in Montana the Associated Press reported “Montana is one of only six states without any state investment in preschool programs.”