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Friday, August 10, 2007

Government Stupidity - A Fable (?)

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 (GS-4) and hired a person for the job.

Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?" So they created a planning position and hired two people: one person to write the instructions (GS-12) and one person to do time studies (GS-11).

Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?" So they created a Q.C. position and hired two people, one GS-9 to do the studies and one GS-11 to write the reports.

Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?" So they created the following positions, a timekeeper (GS-09) and a payroll officer (GS-11) and hired two people.

Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"
So they created an administrative position and hired three people: an Admin. Officer (GM-13), an Assistant Admin. Officer (GS-13) and a Legal Secretary (GS-08).

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.

5 comments:

Odat said...

LOL...So sad, but so true...
Thanks for the visit...Love the feel of your blog and love that you're a dog person too!!! yeah!!
Peace

Sarge Charlie said...

The logic of our leaders, help........

Hazel said...

It'd be funny if it weren't so true.

Vic Grace said...

Yes that is true and probably more so in Canada than in the US

Travis said...

Bwahahahahahahahahahahah!

I laugh, but one could easily cry at how ridiculous it is.