Obligatory Crowd Inflation Numbers Begin After Tea Party Rally

78,000 — 96,000

— CBS News estimates of crowd size at Mormon Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally in Washington on Aug. 28, based on work commissioned by CBS from AirPhotosLive. The company uses photos taken from tethered balloons shot at the peak of the crowd, which are then broken into 2-D and 3-D grids, and the individuals counted.

Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands

— Figure quoted by NBC Nightly News

More than 100,000

— ABCNews.com

Crowd Attending Beck Rally Estimated at Over 500,000

— FOX News headline

As low as 300,000 and as big as 650,000

— Glenn Beck on FOX News Sunday

“We’re not going to let anyone get away with saying there were less than a million here today – because we were witnesses.”

— Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

Boehner Does Nothing But Booze, Schmooze, Golf – But Now He Wants a Promotion and Raise

$193,400

What American taxpayers pay House Speaker-Wannabe John Boehner to do nothing all day but booze, schmooze and play golf.

In a speech in Cleveland last week, Boehner (who is prone to hysterical public outbursts) attacked federal employees (like, um, himself?), saying “taxpayers are subsidizing the fattened salaries and pensions of federal bureaucrats who are out there right now making it harder to create private sector jobs. “If Boehner wants to contribute his salary and pension as a federal employee, which any objective observer would have to admit he does nothing to earn, to the IRS, he’s more than welcome.

As right-wing former Rep. Joe Scarborough put it, “It’s not reported. But so many Republicans tell me this is a guy that is not the hardest worker in the world. After 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock at night, he’s disengaged at best. And you can see him around town… Every Republican I talk to says John Boehner, by 5 or 6 o’clock at night, you can see him at bars. He is not a hard worker.”

Now, of course, Boehner is desperately seeking a promotion and a raise — the speaker makes $223,500 — but there’s no reason to believe he’d work any harder as speaker than he does now, coasting on the public dime.

CBO: Stim Boosted Economy by 4.5%

4.5 percent

Via Rupert Murdoch’s MarketWatch: “[The] CBO said the stimulus law boosted the economy by between 1.7% and 4.5%, lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.7 percentage points and 1.8 percentage points and increased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million. In practice, that means the stimulus plan is the main reason the U.S. economy grew during the second quarter. The Commerce Department estimates the economy grew 2.4% in the second quarter, a figure most economists expect to be sharply revised lower in a report due Friday.”