- The Washington Times - Friday, June 17, 2011

It sounds like Tony Blankley is pushing for congressmen and government officials to employ free-body diagrams (“Brother, can you spare a regulation?” Commentary, Tuesday).

Nearly all engineers and physicists employ this technique when studying Newtonian mechanics: You draw a picture of the body under analysis and then identify all of the forces acting on that body. Next you apply Newton’s laws to your free-body diagram and even include some constitutive relationships if the body deforms - stress versus strain.

As Mr. Blankley has found out, the above analysis is about as far from operational reality of the federal government as you can get. Basically, the institutions of government are nearly all corrupt in some fashion, and they are led largely by incompetents.

If the viability of government institutions depended on their ability to assess cause and effect of their regulations, 99 percent of the federal government would not exist.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke probably could think a free-body diagram has something to do with former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner.

SAMUEL BURKEEN

Reston