By this time next year, graphic federal warning labels will be standard fare on cigarette packs. They’re designed to dissuade people from smoking. Here’s an even better idea — graphic warning labels on all federal programs to dissuade the public from participating in their own pickpocketing. … It’s pretty much official that New START is dead. That’s the disgustingly deferential proposed new nuclear arms treaty with Russia. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be an attempt by Democrats to ram it through the Senate in a lame-duck session. Should they, take names for the next election. … Regular Trib economics columnist Don Boudreaux says he finds it “appalling” that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner — not to mention finance ministers of other countries — believes that “rapid growth” somehow increases the risk of inflation. As Mr. Boudreaux notes, it’s exactly the opposite. If our “leaders” can’t get right something so simple, they have no business being in such positions of power.