Thursday Numbers

We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges. – Barack Obama

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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the national debt now and in 2008, unemployment, Obama poll, Trump polls, rising temperatures, GOP dinner, Trump donates, Governor’s Inaugural Ball, Twitter followers, NorthWestern Energy, Baseball Hall of Fame, and much more!


That’s the U.S. National Debt this morning (Thursday) (the last full day of the Obama Administration). (Source)

The U.S. National Debt on this date in 2008 (around the time when President Obama took office) was $9,673,000,000,000. (Source)


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


The latest Washington Post-ABC poll shows President Obama hitting 60 percent approval, with 38 percent disapproving — his highest mark since June of his first year in office, when 65 percent approved of him.

Thank you for your service, Mr. President.


The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces in 2016 was 58.69 degrees F or 1.69 degrees F above the 20th century average. This surpassed last year’s record by 0.07 degrees F. Since the start of the 21st century, the annual global temperature record has been broken five times (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016). (NOAA)

When the temps in Montana were 15-20 below, I did not feel like 2016 was warmer…


For $50 per person or $80 per couple, you can attend a dinner honoring Montana Senate President Scott Sales and Montana Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen benefitting the Montana Republican Party and Montana Republican Legislative Campaign Committee. The event takes place Friday, January 27, 2017, at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. (Source)

I’m glad State Senator Scott Sales found time for the dinner…


President-elect Donald Trump has donated to 44 current members of Congress. (Roll Call)

Keep your enemies closer…


Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president. (CNN)

Trump believes the polls are rigged…


That’s the price ($35) for a ticket to 2017 Montana Governor’s Inaugural Ball which will be held January 28 in Helena. (Source)

Dance the night away…


CBS reported Wednesday that only 32 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Donald Trump.

I hope he continues Tweeting…


That’s how many followers on Twitter I need to get to 1,000. (@TheWesternWord)

Don’t judge me – We all need goals…


Customers who use NorthWestern Energy will see an increase in their bills due to an increase in their NorthWestern’s property taxes. For electric customers, there will be a $2 increase per month, and for natural gas customers, the increase will be about $4 a month. (MTN)

They are sticking it to the little guy/gal…


Three new members, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. (ESPN)

Pete Rose, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.


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