Thursday Numbers

Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for. – Will Rogers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Marco Rubio, unemployment, towing, House budget deal, this column, the NBA, Amanda Curtis, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Kansas City Royals, and much more!


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)


That’s how much Republican U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio is being paid. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel is calling on him to resign, writing:

You are paid $174,000 per year to represent us, to fight for us, to solve our problems. Plus you take a $10,000 federal subsidy — declined by some in the Senate — to participate in one of the Obamacare health plans, though you are a big critic of Obamacare.

You are ripping us off, senator.

Many elected officials are ripping us off – but not as much as Rubio.


That’s the amount of a bill Joel Ramer received from a tow company after his jeep got stuck in a mud pit after he was off-roading. (Source)

I would have left the jeep in the mud…


That’s how many U.S. House members voted for the budget deal. The deal passed 266-167. (Source) Montana’s only U.S. Representative, Ryan Zinke, voted no. You can read Zinke’s press release HERE.

I would have voted no.


This is the 220th Thursday Numbers column. My first one was posted in June of 2011.

I started this column to draw attention to how many new claims for unemployment were being filed each week. In the first column, 427,000 people filed new claims for unemployment. Today that number is 260,000.

Tell your friends about Thursday Numbers!


The National Basketball Association (NBA) season started this week. There are 30 teams and they play an 82 game regular season. All you really need to know is the playoffs start in mid-April and the NBA Finals start June 2. (Source)

I like the Celtics and enjoy watching the Spurs, too.


Former U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis is running for the Montana state legislature in House District 74. (Source)

Good for her.


That’s the age of U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) who will probably be the next Speaker of the House later today (Thursday). (Source)

Will he be able to handle the wackos in his party?


Gallup reported this week that Republicans are more likely to have an unfavorable opinion (35%) of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell than a favorable one (30%). (Source)

I’m not a Republican, but I think McConnell is a terrible leader.


It took 14 innings Tuesday, but the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 in game one of the 2015 World Series. The game was five hours and nine minutes long.(Source)


According to the Associated Press, Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to the FBI in a hush-money scheme, agreeing to a deal with federal prosecutors that recommends he serve no more than six months in prison.

A judge could give him up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in February.


That’s how many NFL teams are undefeated. They are the Patriots, Packers, Bengals, Broncos, and Panthers.(Source)

The Packers and Broncos play each other this Sunday night.


The Kansas City Royals are up 2-0 over the New York Mets in the best-of-seven World Series. According to the Associated Press, forty-one of the 51 teams to take 2-0 leads in best-of-seven World Series have gone on to win the title, including nine straight since Atlanta stumbled against the New York Yankees in 1996.

While there’s a long way to go, the Mets pitching is not as great as the experts said.

## Let’s Go Royals ##