Thursday Numbers

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to get through this thing called life. – Prince

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include a high-priced home, unemployment, annual average snowfall, Bullock/Daines approval ratings, single-payer health insurance, the Russia investigation, the shutdown, Trump’s job performance, Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” law, McConnell’s block, plus much more!

238,000,000

Billionaire Ken Griffin, who is becoming almost as known for his prodigious purchases as he is for his investment acumen, has closed on a New York penthouse for roughly $238 million. The deal sets a record for the highest-priced home ever sold in the U.S. (WSJ)

I am not sure why anyone needs a home that expensive…

199,000

That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 15, 1969 when
it was 197,000. (USDOL)

63

According to U.S. Climate Data, Great Falls, Montana, receives an annual average snowfall of 63 inches. (USClimateData.com)

That means if you are around 5’2” or shorter, you need to be careful. You might disappear in Great Falls during the winter months…

One thing for sure, life (work, school, church, sports) goes on no matter how much snow we get in Great Falls…

60/58

Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, and Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines are Montana’s most popular politicians on a statewide level, according to an MTN News-Montana State University post-election poll of state voters. Bullock’s approval rating came in at 60 percent in the poll, which queried voters after last November’s election, and Daines scored a 58 percent approval rating. (MTN News)

I’d like to see Bullock run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Daines.

56

A majority of the public supports a single-payer health insurance system, often called “Medicare for all,” as the idea gains steam among Democrats, according to a new poll. The poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 56 percent of the public supports a single-payer plan, compared to 42 percent who oppose the idea. (The Hill)

The Associated Press reports that those numbers shifted dramatically when people were asked about the potential impact, pro and con.

50

CBS News reports that fifty percent of Americans who responded to the survey conducted by CBS News said they now think the Russia investigation is justified, with 45 percent saying they think it is politically motivated. This poll was conducted by telephone January 18-21, 2019 among a random sample of 1,102 adults nationwide. (CBS News)

The drama is building as we get closer to the details being released from this investigation…

34

Today (Jan. 24) is day 34 of the partial Federal Government shutdown. Some federal workers are going to be missing their second paychecks, soon.

The spin by both sides (Republicans and Democrats) is nauseating. There are too many assholes and not enough patriots in Congress and the White House.

34

Overall, 34 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance in a survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That’s down from 42 percent a month earlier and nears the lowest mark of his two-year presidency.

Maybe people are starting to figure Trump out; I think some people have been wearing blinders and earplugs…

6

Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” law, the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, was declared unconstitutional Tuesday, as it violates the Iowa state constitution, a state judge ruled. Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the restriction in May 2018, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. (Reuters)

If you are a pro-life person, you hope this case makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court…

4

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a bill to reopen the government for a fourth time on Wednesday. He has also blocked, as recently as Tuesday, a House-passed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8. (The Hill)

I think they should allow a vote on all the bills to reopen the government and see where the chips fall…

 

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