Thursday Numbers

Into each life some rain must fall. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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 Better Care Reconciliation Act & Montana, unemployment, Tester’s Facebook Live event, Gianforte, Daines’ tele-townhall, goats, Gerber Baby, Going to the Sun Road, Health Care bill polls, iPhone, Trump per-plate fundraiser, and much more!


Lee Newspapers reported this week that under the Senate’s proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, Montana would lose $5.3 billion in federal Medicaid funds between fiscal years 2020 and 2026. That’s 40 percent of the state’s current federal Medicaid funding.



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


According to his press release, that is how many people were reached during U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s recent Facebook Live townhall meeting.

Applause goes to Tester for holding both electronic and face-to-face meetings with his constituents.


The Guardian newspaper reported that Greg Gianforte raised $116,000 after body slamming their reporter.


According to the Great Falls Tribune, about 40,000 people listened to the tele-townhall with U.S. Senator Steve Daines Wednesday evening.

Daines also needs to meet Montanans face-to-face.


That’s how many goats are deployed to Malmstrom AFB to eat weeds. (MTN)

This is a great way to control weeds! 


That’s the age of the original Gerber baby. (


Glacier Park’s 50-mile scenic “Going to the Sun Road” is officially open! (AP)


Only 27% favor the Senate GOP health care bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, according to a new Fox News poll.


That’s the percent of people who support the Senate Republican health care plan (Better Care Reconciliation Act) according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll.


The iPhone turns 10 years old today (June 29).(USA TODAY)

I am still powered by a Blackberry (Z-10)…


Congressman Greg Gianforte was named to two committees this week: the committee on professional wrestling and the House oversight committee on bullies.

Just kidding, he was actually named to the Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.(AP)


The Associated Press reported that President Donald Trump was whisked a few blocks from the White House to the Trump Hotel on Wednesday night for his first re-election fundraiser, where he raised an estimated $10 million behind closed doors. It was also reported that it was a $35,000 per plate fundraiser.

That reminds of the Dumb and Dumber quote at the “Snow Owl Benefit.” When told it was $500 per plate, Harry says, “Put us down for four.” Lloyd then adds, “In case we want seconds.”



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. The estimate is that Montana would lose $5.3 billion in federal medicaid funds if Congress passes new health care bill. The panic should be over the billions the federal government will have to borrow to maintain a broken medicaid program. This stuff is not free. The federal government makes the next generations pay for it.

    • Dave – Thanks. You are correct, but we don’t see the Feds taking away many entitlements, though. GOP/Dems need to come together with some program that works for both sides and for America. -JmB

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