NPR has been running a series of sad stories about various taxpayer-funded activities delayed by the non-shutdown. The other day I heard one about a dinosaur skeleton that was supposed to be shipped to the Smithsonian, but will now languish in a warehouse in Montana. I could barely contain my grief. Today was a feature on Antarctica, and how some scientific missions — all government funded, of course — may have to wait until Spring, because the ice is getting too thick, or something. One thing you will never, ever hear on NPR is a feature about a poor, beleaguered taxpayer who cannot maintain or improve his lot in life because his hard-earned funds are going to paleontologists or ice geologists. Nor will you hear about any potential harm to middle-class Americans from continued government borrowing and spending. NPR itself, of course, would not exist without taxpayer subsidy, but I’m sure that has nothing to do with it. In any case, I keep tuning in too late to hear the conflict-of-interest disclaimer that runs with such stories. Right?