A friend emails to ask for ideas he can pitch to an editor for a populist column designed to appeal to - and shock and outrage! - middle America. Ideally, he says, you'd want some example or combination of:
1. Kids endangered somehow2. Taxpayer money wasted3. Fat cats bilking the little guy4. Government out of control5. Decency/common sense gone out the window
Somehow however I doubt this is the message my friend's editor wants to hear.