"It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. ... They are themselves always, and without exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs." -- Adam Smith
If your friend is one of these, make him a gift basket of aroma-therapeutic candles, a CD of healing nature sounds, and a copy of Welcome to Obamaland, and perhaps the light will finally dawn. If that doesn’t work, buy a boom box and do break dances on your driveway while listening to Rush Limbaugh really loud.
QUICK HITS from Heritage
In The Wall Street Journal, Charles Koch explains why Koch Industries is speaking out.
According to Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK), the Government Accountability Office will release a report today showing that overlapping and duplicative programs cost taxpayers between $100 billion and $200 billion a year.
Governor Scott Walker (R) gave absent Democratic lawmakers 24 hours to return to Wisconsin to debate his budget before he would start cutting $1 billion from local governments and responded to criticism from the White House.
According to USA Today, Wisconsin is one of 41 states where public employees earn higher average pay and benefits than private workers in the same state.
Thanks to the city’s low-flush toilet mandates, San Francisco stinks.