From a story on the missing White House email scandal:

It would be costly and time-consuming for the White House to institute an e-mail retrieval program that entails pulling data off each individual workstation, the court papers filed Friday state.

But wait, isn’t that sort of records retention something the government routinely requires of business under Sarbanes-Oxley and less than they require of certain businesses such as financial and health-care institutions under even more stringent laws? Surely the operation of our all-powerful federal executive branch is more important, and thus should be more subject to scrutiny, than mere commerce, right? The people in the White House who seem to think they’re better than economists and scientists and generals and intelligence analysts (not to mention legislators and judges) at their respective jobs don’t get to claim “the dog ate my homework” either. What excuse is there for their failure to do themselves what they demand of others?