Thursday Numbers

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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 defrauding Medicare & Tricare, Mega Millions, Daines & Payment in Lieu of Taxes, unemployment, same-sex marriages, sex assaults on campus, Weyerhaeuser, Doolittle Raiders, Montana roadway deaths, U.S. House sit-in, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Scum), top landowners in Montana, Daines & press releases, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of April and, overall, the 140th “Caught My Eye” column from The Western Word.  Epic!

We’re here every Friday – even through the rain, the snow, the sunshine, or the Montana Legislature…

Since it’s Friday, that means it is time to let your hair down, loosen that tie, and unbutton that top button.

So what is “Caught My Eye?”  It’s the column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.  Often I throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile.

Today I write about the Baucus reelection tour, Down goes Williams, Referendums, Cadets, SB 107, North Korea, Unemployment, Tricare, Rutgers, Manatee Gray, Marijuana, birthdays, and much more!

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Veterans/Military Retirees: Keep Your Guard Up

Anyone who joined the military up until the mid 1980s were told if they served 20 years in the military then they would get free healthcare for life.   Healthcare was also free for their immediate family, too.

Slowly but surely that benefit went the way of CHAMPUS (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services) and now it’s called TRICARE and co-pays are the norm.

Sure, it is still not a bad deal for military retirees, but it was not what many were promised.  The bad thing is that good old Uncle Sam can increase the co-payments with little or no fanfare to help pay for the out of control spending they have done over the past few years.

Most members of Congress never served in the military.  President Obama never served, either.  I just thought I would throw that fact out for all to read.

In yesterday’s Washington Post we find:

The deficit reduction plan put forth by President Obama on Monday would increase pharmacy co-payments for military beneficiaries and establish a first-ever annual fee in the military’s Tricare for Life health benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees.

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