New Lenox, IL, Mayor Mike Smith recently racked up a $1,500 charge in one visit to a Chicago strip club. It's deplorable, it's disgusting, blah blah blah, I'm scarred for life.

What's really offensive? That Smith lacked the common sense to remember that most basic rule of government finance: Don't pay your strip club bill with your GOVERNMENT CREDIT CARD.

That concludes today's lesson in Things That Should Be Mind-Numbingly Self-Evident.