Thursday Numbers

My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better. – Marlo Thomas

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.

One thing is for certain – you will be smarter by reading this column!

This week’s topics include the Green New Deal, America farmers’ debt, unemployment, Trump’s false or misleading claims, Walmart greeters, Montana Legislature’s halfway point, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, snow in Great Falls, Montana, Capitol Police, Michael Cohen, Kim Jong Un takes questions, and much more!

93,000,000,000,000

The Green New Deal may tally between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10-years, concludes the center-right policy American Action Forum, which is run by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who directed the non-partisan CBO from 2003 to 2005. (Fortune)

Although it’s only a resolution in the House and Senate, it would take a long time to pay for all the programs in the Green New Deal if it was ever enacted.

409,000,000,000

The amount of debt held by America’s farmers has risen rapidly to 1980s-levels at $409 billion from $385 billion last year, with loan demand remaining “historically high,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday. (Reuters) 

Some of Trump’s trade disputes have not been good to our farmers.

225,000

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

8,718

In 759 days, President Trump has made 8,718 false or misleading claims. The fact-checker was last updated February 17. (Washington Post)

This is just incredible…

1,000

Walmart plans to phase out its familiar blue-vested “greeters” at some 1,000 stores nationwide. Disabled workers fill many of those jobs and they say they’re being ill-treated by a chain that styles itself as community-minded and inclusive. (AP)

This is not a good move, Walmart. I wanted to be a greeter someday…

45

Heads-up – The 2019 Montana Legislature hits its half-way mark (45 days) on Saturday which means there will be a break. This is when the Legislators will come home and tell us how hard they have been working. The session is due to end around May 1. (2019 Legislature Session Calendar)

In the second half of the session, we’ll probably see some of the members get grumpy, as they are not used to working this hard…

32

Houston Rockets guard James Harden saw his streak of scoring at least 30 points in an NBA game come to an end at 32 outings on Monday when he finished with 28 points in his team’s 119-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. (ESPN)

If the Houston team stays healthy, they will give Golden State a run for their money in the playoffs.

31.1

That’s how much snow Great Falls (MT) has received in February. The record is 32.6 inches. Great Falls is supposed to receive more snow today! (KRTV)

Bring it on!

22

A U.S. Capitol Police lieutenant left his service weapon in a bathroom Monday night and the unattended gun was discovered later by another Capitol Police officer. After the House adjourned on Monday, Lt. Mike Byrd left his Glock 22 in a bathroom in the Capitol Visitor Center complex, according to sources familiar with the incident. (Roll Call)

It seems this happens a lot. We need to get rid of the Barney Fifes on the Capitol Police force before someone is injured…

7.5

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen testified for about 7 and half hours on Wednesday in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The hearing began at 10:00 a.m. and ended at 5:25 p.m. (Eastern Time). Cohen described Trump as a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat” in his opening remarks. (The Hill)

The only other excitement was the jockeying between the Democrats and Republicans on the committee. Members of the U.S. House don’t get a lot of publicity, so a few tried to capitalize with so many following the hearing.

1

The Associated Press reported that a bit of history was made at President Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un: for what is almost certainly the first time, the North Korean leader actually answered an impromptu question from an American reporter. Then just a little bit later, as if to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again. (AP)

Watch out – Kim Jong Un’s approval rating may be higher than Trump’s in the United States…

 

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4 Comments

  1. Have you ever ridden in a train? Trump wanted to impress Kim on how prosperous Viet Nam is even after it fought a war with U.S. But really, what Kim actually saw out of his train window was anything but impressive. No matter what country you are in — trains go through places that would have looked a lot like North Korea. But there is no way that Trump could know that.

    • Yes, I have ridden in a train. I have ridden in a bus, too. You are right- one sees a different side of the country. Thanks, JmB

  2. oooooo BIG, scary numbers. Rightwingnuts trying to scare people into voting against their, and the planets, best interests.

    “Moving on to other creeps attacking climate. There’s a new report out claiming that the Green New Deal will have a $93 trillion price tag. This attempt to put a dollar figure on a resolution calling for policies is ridiculous, since we don’t know what exactly all the various GND policies will be.

    But we shouldn’t be surprised, given the report comes from the American Action Forum, a group we discussed back in 2016 when it put a big price tag on an Obama climate policy. AAF is a well-connected Republican group chaired by Fred Malek, who served as “the hatchet” for Richard Nixon. Malek also managed the Committee to Re-Elect the President, CREEP, which was pretty much responsible for the Watergate scandal. ”

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/28/1838334/-CREEPs-Imagine-93-Trillion-Price-of-GND-By-Ignoring-Benefits-and-Inflating-Costs
    Go to the article for the embedded links.

    • Thanks Doug – it appears this is the “Cadillac” plan! Can we arrived this plan? Can we afford not to work on climate change? I think we must work on it. Thanks, JmB


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