An editorial from

Flint, Mich. JournalThe U.S. Census Bureau says there were 504,404 elected officials in the nation's 83,237 governments in 1987 (its latest figures).

If you have trouble falling asleep, try counting these people instead of sheep. At one per second, it could take you 140 hours, or nearly six days around the clock, just to dispose of the officeholders.

Or you could simply decide to stay awake worrying about all your money they're spending.