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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A little plagiarism

I just read a post by Vincent Farrell titled "It's always sell the news" on (the subscription offshoot of 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.


Anonymous said...

I don't have a comment on this blog in particular -- just curious how you weigh in on Obama's address to kids in public schools next Tuesday.

John Craig said...

Thanks for asking. I actually don't know much about it. (I read Michelle Malkin's editorial about it this morning; her reaction was predictable. And I certainly don't have anything against the idea of a President addressing a speech to schoolkids. But I just don't know enough to have an opinion of my own.) When I find out more, if I have a strong opinion, I'll write about it. In the meantime, I do intend to write about Obama in general sometime in the near future, as my opinion about him has been getting stronger.