How the Government Works

How the Government Works

PostBy: cybdav On: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:37 pm

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.

Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter.

Now, 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." So -- how is the Department of Energy doing so far?
And now its 2009 -- 32 years later -- and the budget for this "essential" government department is over $24 billion a year!?
Department of Energy has 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 were we thinking??

Ah, yes -- good ole bureaucracy. The government has bankrupted Amtrak, Medicare and the US Postal Service, and now we are going to turn the banking system, health care, and the auto industry over to the government?!?!

HELLOOO! Is anyone paying attention?!?!

(Author unknown). And by the way. It doesn't look like either side of the isle is for less government anymore.
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Re: How the Government Works

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:05 am

Nobody who gets into congress is for less government. It would be a conflict of interest.
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Re: How the Government Works

PostBy: jpete On: Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:52 pm

mikeandgerry wrote:Nobody who gets into congress is for less government. It would be a conflict of interest.


I know at least one guy! :D

And if 2010 goes well, there will be a couple more!
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Re: How the Government Works

PostBy: mozz On: Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:40 pm

Being that i work for the DOD i had to comment. There is some mandate, proposal, or whatever they are calling it, to save electricity. We were supposed to reduce the amount we use each year for x amount of years. Our place has not met that goal at all. But the sad thing is nothing gets done about it. Typical government waste. Managers or directors bought new workbench lighting for us but nobody uses it and the ones that do leave it on when they go home. A very lot of equipment is left on 24/7. Computers also. If you bring anything up about it, all of a sudden you are not a team member and are labeled a bad guy. You have to work a real job, then get hired for the government to see all the waste. Don't get me going on about pay rates for people whom do nothing all day. I'm going to estimate about 50% waste. Sad but true,taxes are going nowhere but up until they cut out about 50% of the budget.
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Re: How the Government Works

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:28 pm

jpete wrote:
mikeandgerry wrote:Nobody who gets into congress is for less government. It would be a conflict of interest.


I know at least one guy! :D

And if 2010 goes well, there will be a couple more!



I hope so, Jeff. I truly hope so.
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