The Washington Post highlighted the contradictory nature of the federal government in two cover stories on June 22. The first story revealed that U.S.-funded subcontractors in the Afghan war are bankrolling the Taliban to the tune of millions of dollars per month and the second story outlined the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned private organizations from giving non-violent advice to terrorist organizations.

Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor turned vice-presidential candidate turned political kingmaker (or is that queenmaker?), has endorsed another “liberty-loving mama grizzly” (as she calls female GOP candidates who favor her philosophy of governance and who represent a kinder-gentler brand of feminism).

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative and auditing arm of the U.S. Congress, has revealed that between 2002 and 2009 over $1 billion in federal funds were given to organizations that promote and perform abortions.

One of the few good things to come from the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is Americans’ increasing realization that the federal government is both incapable of, and mostly uninterested in, protecting their local communities from the onslaught of petroleum. In addition, they are even learning that Washington is to some degree responsible for the mess, as Judge Andrew Napolitano explained:

If you accept the old stereotype, you believe that big government is a sworn enemy of big business. You believe that, were it not for Washington’s protection, we’d all be under the boot of rapacious robber barons. In reality, however, the two bigs have far more acquaintance with each other than with the little guy.