Thursday Numbers

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. – Alan K. Simpson

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 national debt, unemployment, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Mariana snailfish, golf carts, area code, Tiger Woods, Eli Manning, Donald Trump, College Football Playoffs, Jeannette Rankin, LeBron James, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another great edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

PLEASE NOTE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about debt, immigration reform, unemployment, Democratic and Republican Twitter followers, 564th missile squadron, Montana Democratic Party convention, Pioneer Baseball League, prescription drug use, F-15s, political party unfavorable ratings, Tony Soprano, Game 7, U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, and much more!

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One Good Thing

The one and only thing that was good about yesterday’s vote in the U.S. House on the debt limit was that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., made a surprise showing in the House chamber to cast her vote.  Giffords had been absent from the House since January after being shot in the head.  Thank God she is well enough to return to the House.

That was the one good thing.

The bill, the final product, those in leadership working on the bill, and most of the elected folks in the House, the Senate, and the White House have all terribly disappointed most of the citizens in this country the last few weeks.  That disappointment reached the zenith yesterday evening and will continue today with the senate vote.  Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to August!  Wow, where did July go?  For the past several Mondays, we have taken a look at some of the political stories from the past weekend and offered some commentary.

This weekend was full of…suspense as we waited for a debt deal to be done.  A deal was reached between the leaders of the House, Senate and with the President and we’re watching for it to make its way through the legislative process.  More on this below.

Today we take a look at metered reading, more Spenditol, Montana’s delegation and debt, and the debt ceiling deal.  Continue reading


On Monday, the word of the day was “balanced” as in a “balanced budget amendment” being called for by several GOP members of the Montana Legislature and “balanced approach” being called for by President Barack Obama in his Monday evening address to the nation.  House Speaker John Boehner used the word or a variation of it several times in his speech, most notably when he mentioned the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan approved by the House.

Even a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that, “Fifty-six percent (56%) of Likely U.S. Voters would be more likely to support a candidate for Congress who said that a balanced approach including spending cuts and increased tax revenue is needed to reduce the federal debt.” Continue reading

Thursday Numbers

For the last few weeks (on Thursdays) the “staffers” here at The Western Word have compiled some numbers that tell the readers about what is happening all across the fruited plains.

Today we take a look at debt, unemployment, data centers, cut, cap and balance, a gang, a consolidation, the NFL, MLB, REO, the Space Shuttle, some wine and much more!

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Yard & Bake Sale Time?

And there it was….on Monday the United States Federal Government reached the limit on how much money it can borrow.

Have no fear! Our Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (who has been known for not paying a few bills in his lifetime) is shuffling around some money (kind of like paying off your Visa with your American Express credit card) and that pushes the inevitable back to August.

So let’s party this summer!

I heard that Geithner has even placed a call to “Peggy” from USA Prime Credit to ask for help. Here’s a videoContinue reading

Video: Drunk With Debt

A video from the folks at Public Notice: 

Arlington, VA – Recent polls confirm Americans are not only angry about the nation’s fiscal situation – they want to learn more about it. To help clarify matters, Public Notice’s newest video uses America’s greenest holiday – and beer! – to show just how far in the red we really are.

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National Security Threat

Just imagine if you had to pay $600 billion in interest. $600 billion! It’s an astonishing number. According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, that is what the United States will be paying in 2012 on the national debt.

Some have disputed that, but the fact is that we’re (the USA) is in a world of hurt.

Some folks are probably wondering why the Admiral is talking about the interest on the national debt and the answer is simple: it’s a national security threat. That’s not to say, the Department of Defense’s budget hasn’t increased significantly over the last decade – two wars will do that.

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