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The Govt and the Night Watchman

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Aug 4, 2010.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    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 created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

    Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"
    So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person
    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 correctly?"
    So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One
    to do the studies and one to write the reports.

    Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?"
    So they created the following positions, a time keeper, and a payroll
    officer, then hired two people.

    Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"
    So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an
    Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal
    Secretary.

    Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one
    Year and we are $18,000 over budget, we must cutback overall cost."
    So they laid off the night watchman.

    NOW slowly, let it sink in.

    Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY..... during the Carter Administration?

    Anybody? Anything? No?
    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!

    Ready?? 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 IN 2009 -- 32 YEARS LATER -- 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?"

    32 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Now 70%
    of our oil consumption is foreign imports.

    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?
     
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