I just read a post by Vincent Farrell titled "It's always sell the news" on realmoney.com (the subscription offshoot of thestreet.com). The post was about the market's reaction to various government statistics. What I want to share is his last paragraph (which has little to do with the rest of his post):
Do we really need so much government? Consider this (with thanks to Sydney Williams): The Pythagorean Theorem contains 24 words; the Lord's Prayer has 66 words; Archimedes's Principle is 67 words; the Ten Commandments contains 179 words; The Gettysburg Address, 286 words; and the Declaration of Independence has a puffy 1,300 words. But the U.S. government regulation on the sale of cabbage contains 26,911 words. Enough!
I know, it's not a fair comparison. Still, it does give one pause.