Thursday Numbers

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins

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 military parade, fuel taxes, unemployment, Stormy Daniels, VA Secretary, Mitt Romney, 2018 Swimsuit edition, Parkland Florida, Congressional approval, Winter Olympics viewers, and much more!

30,000,000

That’s how much ($30 million) President Trump’s military parade may cost according to budget director Mick Mulvaney. (The Hill)

Trump’s military parade is an asinine idea.

6,200,000

That’s how much Montana raised in increased fuel taxes for road and bridge projects for cities and counties in its first four months. (AP)

The Republicans control the state House and Senate; I thought they did not raise taxes?

230,000

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

130,000

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump. (NY Times)

Why don’t they just come clean? Nothing will surprise us these days about the exploits of Donald Trump.

4,000

The Hill reported this week that Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email in an effort to cover up travel expenses for Shulkin’s wife, according to a VA inspector general’s report released Wednesday. The report found that Shulkin’s chief of staff, Viveca Wright Simpson, made changes to an official email to get approval for taxpayer funding for Shulkin’s wife’s flights costing more than $4,000.

This is a fireable offense.

70

That’s the current age of Mitt Romney. There are reports that he plans to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Utah very soon (AP)

If this is correct, it looks like the folks in Utah will be trading Orrin Hatch, age 83, for Mitt Romney, age 70. By the time Romney gets a little seniority, it will be time to retire.

30

Click HERE to see the 30 models from the Sports Illustrated 2018 Swimsuit edition.

Enjoy!

25

President Donald Trump endorsed a 25-cent gas tax hike to pay for infrastructure at a White House meeting with senior administration officials and members of Congress from both parties, according to two sources with direct knowledge. (Axios)

The Federal gas tax is currently 18.4 cents a gallon for gas and 24.4 cents for diesel. On top of that here in Montana, the state gas tax is 31.5 cents and the diesel tax is 29.25 cents.

I didn’t think Republicans wanted to raise taxes…

17

That’s how many people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, yesterday. (AP)

These mass shootings are happening more frequently. Our children deserve to be safe in school. This has got to stop. We must work together to find a solution.

15

Gallup Polling reported this week that Congressional approval is now 15%, down slightly from an uptick to 20% last month after Congress passed tax reform in December. Positivity quickly faded this month as the government shut down twice in three weeks because of impasses over the federal budget.

There are only so many ways to say Congress sucks…

6

Viewership of the 2018 Winter Olympics is down 6% from the winter games four years ago in Sochi, Russia. NBC is attracting about 24 million viewers a night to its Winter Olympics coverage from South Korea which isn’t too bad. (Bloomberg)

Curling has been fun to watch…

 

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3 Comments

  1. If Pres. Trump has his military parade, I hope all the homeless Vets are allowed to participate.

  2. 45: days elapsed in 2018 so far

    18: number of school shootings this year

    2.5: frequency in days

    1 year ago

    Feb 28, 2017: “President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.” https://t.co/amqljpyGmZ https://t.co/Iuh670Ovnx— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) February 15, 2018

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

    Today: tRump’s tweet:
    “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

    • Doug – Thanks. We must do something. I hope we try to fix this epidemic. -JmB


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