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Quote of the day…
When all of this is over, please continue to stay six feet away from me. –Anonymous
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 and humor.
This week’s topics include the coronavirus economic rescue package, Montana’s piece of the big pie, positive tests in the USA, unemployment claims, pages in the economic rescue package, coronavirus relief checks, USA deaths from the coronavirus, rating the responses, Montana coronavirus cases, WalletHub’s response ratings, and much more!
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the new commissioner of political practices, Special Election and U.S. Supreme Court, Shooting TVs & Computer Monitors, Alan Mikkelsen, Legalizing Marijuana, and one more thing!
Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs
Welcome to the “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 just a little bit of sarcasm.
This week’s topics include the Powerball lottery, unemployment, gonorrhea & Montana, Montana Republican Party, candidate filing, graduation rate, State of the Union speech, U.S. House, Republican Presidential debate, Nick Saban, Pro Picks contest, and much more!
In case you missed the big political news Friday morning, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio announced that he is resigning as Speaker of the House. He’s also quitting Congress altogether.
It was a ‘drop the mic and walk off the stage’ moment.
Basically Boehner grew tired of fighting with the far-right wing conservatives in his party. The far-right conservatives grew tired of Boehner and his leadership. They seemed to think he was not fighting hard enough.
I guess those 50-60 votes to repeal Obamacare in the past four years and shutting down the government were not enough.
The chances of anyone doing anything better than Boehner are slim. Who would want the job? When you have different parties controlling the Executive and Legislative branches of the government, you must compromise for the good of the country.
Yes, it’s really that simple.
I’m not a fan of Boehner and never have been. Senator Republican leader Mitch McConnell could also step down as far as I am concerned. They need someone to tell the far-righties in the GOP party to shove it.
Congress argued until about two hours before the deadline Friday night to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was fun to watch if you enjoy politics. If you don’t enjoy politics, then you would probably compare it to a root canal.
The approved funding is only good for one week, so the soap opera may play out again later this week. Keep your Friday evening open…
Overall, it was not a good showing by the Republicans. They have the majorities in the House and Senate, but are so divided that they could not pass a three-week extension. They played a game of chicken with the Democrats, and lost.
The problem with the DHS bill is that Republicans wanted to attach language to the bill that would defund the President’s “executive order to shield several million illegal immigrants from deportation.” The Senate could not pass the bill with the executive order language in it; the House did pass it.
A federal district court judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction on the executive actions which gave the Republicans some momentum, but that still did not stop them from messing it up.
The Democrats had their own problem with this little victory. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent an e-mail early Saturday morning saying, “Republicans forced a shutdown of Homeland Security. It started at MIDNIGHT last night.”