The first is from the panel, appointed by and funded by Toyota to look into its safety problems. The Star Tribune, 2011-05-24, Business quoted the panel that Toyota noted its success in saving over $100 million by negotiating a limited recall of all-weather floor mats". The Strib wrote this as "an example of what the independent panel called the automaker's view of regulation as an 'adversarial process' that considers blocked regulations to be 'wins.'"
Gosh, too bad more complainers of government overregulation aren't caught with their hands in the cookie jar.
The second is some words of wisdom in Sheri S. Tepper's "The Visitor", a post apocalypse science-fantasy: "You asked for wisdom? Hear these words. Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance than one's own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality."
The problem is what is reality: we are spending too much or we are not investing enough?