The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology.

I saw these two graphs on a good blog by noted debt-hawk Barry Ritholtz, called The Big Picture. You can see the post at

Bank Failures since June 2008

These graphs brought to mind a few of the questions I’d like to ask those who keep demonstrating for “less government”:

1. How many bank depositors have been saved by FDIC?
2. How much depositor money has been protected by FDIC?
3. Do you feel there is too much regulation of banks?
4. Would you like to deposit your money in a bank that is not insured by FDIC?

Every time you hear someone say there is too much government, ask specific questions about what he/she would like to give up. Less Social Security? Less Medicare? Less military? Fewer roads and bridges, or less maintenance thereof? Eliminate the Supreme Court? Fewer national parks? Less inspection of our food and drugs? Less research? Where exactly should the cuts be made? (And don’t let them get away with “Eliminate waste.” That’s a cop out).

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity