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Grapevine: More problems, more government committees

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine…

Design By Committee

It has been said that a camel is a horse designed by a committee.

And committees -- are flourishing under the Obama administration -- costing billions of dollars.

For fiscal year 2014 -- the Congressional Research Service says 825 Federal Advisory Committees were active -- with almost 70,000 members serving on them.

The price tag?

$334 million.

Since 2010 the total cost of committees is more than $2 billion.

The Department of Health and Human Services operated the most groups with 264.

Besides being expensive -- the meetings have become less transparent -- with 71 percent held behind closed doors -- the highest percentage since 2004.

No Fun Zone

Zero tolerance policy in school -- strikes again.

A Cincinnati first grader was suspended for pretending to shoot an imaginary bow and arrow at recess.

In a letter home the principal explained -- quote -- "I have no tolerance for any real -- pretend -- or imitated violence."

The six-year-old's mother admitted she had trouble explaining the three-day suspension to her son –

"I can't stop him from pretending to be a super hero. I can't stop him from playing Ninja Turtles. I can't stop him from doing these things and I don't think it would be healthy to do so."

Old and Wiser

Finally -- from grade school zero-tolerance -- to political correctness in college.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has launched a "Think Before You Speak Inclusive Language" campaign.

Two terms that should not be used -- "man up" -- which the campaign says "reinforces masculine stereotypes that are unhealthy for everyone." and crazy - which quote -- "minimizes human emotion and those affected by mental illness."

The University insists the campaign is not about censorship -- but boosting awareness and starting conversations about language.