Gubmint and How Gubmint Works
Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night." So they hired a night watchman.
Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?" So they hired a planning department & hired two people, one to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.
Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks right?" So they created a Quality Control department & hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.
Then Congress said, "How do we pay them?" So they hired a time keeper, & payroll officer.
Then Congress said, "Who'll be accountable for all of them?"
So they created an administrative section & hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, & Legal Secretary.
Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one year and we are 18K over budget, we must cutback."
So they laid off the night watchman.
NOW slowly, let it sink in.
Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter.
Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the DEPT. OF ENERGY.... during the Carter Administration?
Didn't think so!
Bottom line. We've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency...the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember!
It was very simple...and at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate.
The Department of Energy was instituted on 8-04-1977.
TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.
Hey, pretty efficient, huh???
AND NOW IT'S 2009 -- 32 YEARS LATER -- AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS "NECESSARY" DEPARTMENT IS AT $24.2 BILLION A YEAR. THEY HAVE 16,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND APPROXIMATELY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES; AND LOOK AT THE JOB THEY HAVE DONE! THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY, "WHAT WAS I THINKING?"
Ah, yes -- good ole bureaucracy.
AND, NOW, WE ARE GOING TO TURN THE BANKING SYSTEM, HEALTH CARE, AND THE AUTO INDUSTRY OVER TO THE SAME GOVERNMENT?
HELLOOO! Anybody Home?