You are never too young to start an empire and never too old to chase a new dream. – Unknown
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 the national debt, selling Montana, big bucks for a bull, unemployment, Montana Medicaid, border security compromise, God & Trump, Trump’s job approval, Houston Rockets star James Harden, the Mars rover, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, presidential primary debates, and much more!
The U.S. government’s public debt is now more than $22 trillion — the highest it has ever been. The Treasury Department data comes as tax revenue has fallen and federal spending continues to rise. The new debt level reflects a rise of more than $2 trillion from the day President Trump took office in 2017. (NPR)
Our elected officials don’t seem to care…
A Change.Org petition wants to sell Montana to Canada for $1 trillion to eliminate the national debt.
The “bright” person who came up with this plan must not have known the debt is $22 trillion. As of this morning, about 4,000 people had signed the petition.
Canada is for wimps…
Another world record has been set by Schaff Angus Valley in North Dakota with an Angus bull produced on the ranch named America selling for a record-setting $1.51 million. (Drovers.com)
You can put your own jokes in the comment section or email them to me…
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
A study conducted by the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University estimates that between 31,000 and 43,000 Montanans would lose Medicaid coverage under the changes in a draft bill sponsored by Republican State Representative Ed Buttrey. (AP)
The Republicans are such cold-hearted bastards…
Congressional bargainers late Wednesday completed a 1,159-page border security compromise that gives President Trump less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion he wanted to build a wall with Mexico. (Fox News)
It will be interesting to see what is in the details…
A Fox News Poll released Wednesday finds 25 percent believe God wanted Trump to win the election. Sixty-two percent disagree and 14 are unsure.
Trump fooled a lot of Christians into voting for him…
President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has risen to 44% after the conclusion of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. While views of Trump have improved, the public’s heightened positivity does not extend to views of Congress, as its 21% approval rating is essentially unchanged from January. (Gallup)
Houston Rockets star James Harden put himself in rare company on Wednesday night, scoring at least 30 points in his 31st consecutive game. He is now tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest such streak in NBA history. Harden would have to keep scoring at this rate for 34 more consecutive games to catch the NBA’s 30-point game record of 65, also held by Chamberlain. (ESPN)
Harden’s field goal percentage is around 44% – which is about the same as President Trump’s job approval…
NASA’s Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to operate for just three months but kept going and going, rolling across the rocky red soil, was pronounced dead Wednesday, 15 years after it landed on the planet. (AP)
This is great for government work…
Montana Governor Steve Bullock is traveling to Iowa this week, his fifth trip to the Hawkeye State since he began exploring a possible 2020 presidential run last year. (Lee Newspapers)
Iowa – the toilet bowl of America!
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says he’ll announce details of the first two presidential primary debates by the end of the week. The first two debates are slated for June and July. They’ll be the first two of six debates in 2019, with at least six more to follow in 2020. (AP)
This should be fun…