If you don't mind; I'd like to rant a bit about something you touched on in your rant.
I HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE when politicians use business terms like "revenue" and "invest" to describe taxation and wreckless spending, respectively.
Why do they do this? I have a few ideas:
1. Politicians want the respectability words like "revenue" and "invest" still command. Also, the word "law" is too good, and has too noble a past to be associated with the current dictates of the U.S. government.
2. Politician's want to make the government look like a business. Despite the envy, malice, and hatred many people have of business, I think many people still admire enterprise. In this way, politicians seek to gain the favor of the few who still respect businesses.
3. Politician's want to make the government's activities seem voluntary. Since revenue is associated with businesses trading freely with one another and with the public, the government co-opted the word to disguise the ugliness that is its use of force. For example, see how Progressives appropriated the word "Liberal", when they are anything but.
4. The words sound nicer. "Revenue" and "investment" sound prudent, scrupulous, and noble. While the words taxation and spending sound crude and wasteful.
Sorry for the derail, Ed.
Also, how do you listen to NPR?!!! I used to listen to a pair of radio personalities. One day they commented on the party Barack Obama was having at the White House. They were responding to complaints (from listeners) about the extravagant spending for the party when they said something to this effect: "Hey, it's okay, let's wish him well. He is having a good time on our dime." They were being completely sincere. Talk about the sanction of the victim if they were, in fact, victims.