Thursday Numbers

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. – William James

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 Montana Legislature, healthcare, unemployment, Meals on Wheels and Colin Kaepernick, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, approval rating, Elmo, Chuck Barris, NCAA Basketball men’s basketball tournament, World Baseball Classic, and much more!

150,000,000

That’s how much Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) wants to spend on infrastructure projects. The Republican legislature has infrastructure plans ranging from $33 million to $90 million. (AP)

106,000,000

The Legislative Fiscal Division forecast Monday that Montana will have $106 million more in the state’s general fund than the revenue estimates lawmakers are now using to write the next two-year budget. (AP)

With this finding, the Legislature should not raise fees or taxes…

1,000,000

According to a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, one million more Americans would have health insurance with a clean repeal of Obamacare than with the Republican replacement plan. (NY Times)

The Republicans need to take their time and gather ideas from all sides before they replace Obamacare.

258,000

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

50,000

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels as part of a series of donations to charities he has made since last year. (TheHill.com)

Meals on Wheels is a great program.

56

That’s the percentage (56%) of voters in The Western Word poll who say U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch should be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 39% voted “No” and 6% voted “I Don’t Care.”

Thanks for participating!

37

President Donald Trump’s approval rating drops to 37% in new Quinnipiac national poll. His worst score ever. 56% disapprove. (Quinnipiac)

Trump needs to win at something.

32

There’s a video showing Elmo’s (Sesame Street) reaction after getting fired from PBS due to budget cuts from the Trump Administration. Elmo has been employed by PBS for 32 years. (AP)

Sad news – Elmo says he will lose his company-sponsored health insurance. He claims he has a pre-existing condition. God bless you, Elmo…

27

At one point in Chuck Barris’ career, he was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows. Barris, age 87, died this week. (AP)

Barris had a wonderful career.

16

That’s how many teams remain in the NCAA Basketball men’s basketball tournament which starts again today. (ESPN)

Kansas plays in Kansas City which should feel like a home game. That may give them the advantage to make it to the Final Four.

1

Team USA won its first World Baseball Classic championship last night by beating Puerto Rico, 8-0. (USA Today)

USA, USA, USA…

 

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Rick – Thanks. I guess I should not have rounded up. The final tally was Yes-55.56, No-38.89, and don’t care 5.55. -JmB

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