Here we go – the NFL season kicks off tonight – so you know there will be some football-related “numbers” in this week’s column. Each week I take a look at some of the numbers in the news and put them in one nice place for all to see. This week I write about campaign donations, unemployment, Lambeau field, telephone calls, lost panties, NFL starts, 9/11, and much more.
Who’s the cat that won’t cop out…when there’s danger all about? MAX! Right On!
OK, maybe the theme song from Shaft goes a little too far in describing Montana’s Max Baucus and his career in the United States Senate – way too far – Baucus is really not cool at all.
Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has picked Montana’s Max and two other senate democrats (Patty Murray, John Kerry) for spots on the new Super Committee. They will join nine others in cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal budget before Thanksgiving. The Super Committee needs seven votes to pass anything – Max Baucus could easily be that seventh vote.
Baucus was “working” at a market in Billings on Tuesday when word came that he was Harry Reid’s man. Baucus took time out from stacking the grocery shelves with yogurt to issue a statement saying, “I’m humbled to be appointed to the committee to help tackle this critical issue for Montana and the American people.” Continue reading →