Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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’s topics include Donald Trump, Kansas City Chiefs, unemployment, Montana No Kid Hungry campaign, Hillary Clinton, Blue Angels, RED HORSE, cellphone ban, Montana disaster areas, worst states to make a living, U.S. Supreme Court approval rating, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and much more!

10,000,000,000

That’s how much ($10 billion) Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is worth according to his personal financial disclosure forms filed with federal regulators. The Associated Press reports that Trump is the wealthiest person to ever run for president, far surpassing previous magnates like Ross Perot, business heirs like Steve Forbes or private-equity investors like Mitt Romney.

Trump is gaining traction. Listening to Trump is like watching a NASCAR race at Daytona – maybe you don’t care for NASCAR too much, but you like to see a good crash so you just have to watch.

101,000,000

ESPN reported that the Kansas City Chiefs signed linebacker Justin Houston on Wednesday to what sources say is a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million guaranteed. (Source)

I can’t wait for the season to start and have my dreams of a Super Bowl win for my Chiefs crushed again…

281,000

That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week, which was a decrease from the week before. (Source)

237,000

Governor Steve Bullock announced that the Montana No Kid Hungry campaign has been awarded a $237,000 grant from “Share Our Strength” to bolster efforts to combat childhood hunger in Montana. (Source)

This is great news for the many children who go hungry in Montana.

230,000

That’s about how much Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is spending every day since she declared her candidacy on April 12. (Source)

I have doubts that Hillary will run out of money…

700

That’s the estimated speed (700 MPH) of the jets flown by the Blue Angels that sent chairs, tents, and umbrellas flying on the beach near Naval Air Station Pensacola. Watch the video HERE.

252

The U.S. Air Force announced that the 819th RED HORSE unit will stay at Malmstrom AFB meaning 252 personnel won’t be leaving the base.

This is great news. The Congressional delegation will have to remain on alert because the people who made this decision will be leaving in a couple years when President Obama’s term ends. A new Secretary of the Air Force and other Presidential appointees in the Department of Defense may see it differently.

115

Those $115 first offense tickets for talking/texting on a cellphone while driving in Great Falls seem to be a gold mine for the city. Television station KFBB reports that the city took in $85,000 in fines in 2014, and they have racked up $29,000 so far in 2015.

Great Falls needed a money-maker to help pay off debts and they got it with this silly ordinance. Just imagine the money they could make if they banned eating and driving…

24

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has designated 15 Montana counties as natural disaster areas due to drought, plus the Secretary also named nine counties near those 15 as contiguous disaster areas. (Source)

18

That’s the Republican approval rating of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Democrats’ approval rating of the Court is 76%. Americans overall are divided, with 49% approving and 46% disapproving. (Source)

If you lose a few big decisions, feelings sour quickly.

7

According to Forbes, Montana is the seventh worst state to make a living. (Source)

This is not surprising.

6

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a six-word statement when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced he was running for President: “Scott Walker is a national disgrace.”

I think it’s refreshing when officials say how they really feel…

 

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