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Thursday, April 7, 2011

How government works

A friend sent this.

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 two 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, an Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one year, and we are $918,000 over budget. We must cut back." So they laid off the night watchman.

Now slowly, let that sink in.

Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter.

Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT 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!

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 now it’s 2011 – 34 years later – and the budget for this “necessary” department is at $24.2 BILLION a year. It has 16,000 Federal employees and approximately 100,000 contract employees, and look at the job it has done!

This is where you slap your forehead and say, “What were they thinking?”

A little over 34 years ago, 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.

Ah, yes -- the good old Federal bureaucracy!!

Now we have turned the banking system, health care, and the auto industry over to the same government?

Hello!! Anybody home?


  1. OH MY....Government and all it's wisdom! UGH! Lord help us.

  2. Hi! First time commenting, but I thought you might like to know someone has found your blog so "offensive" they have flagged it on Facebook. I was unable to share this post on my profile. I did fill out a trouble ticket explaining why it is not offensive, but in the meantime you are apparently too problematic for social networking. Keep up the good work! :)

  3. This is why I truly believe that EACH bill (single topic ONLY) should be required to have as the FIRST paragraph reference to where in the U.S.Constitution such action is explicitly authorized.

  4. Ummm, what's offensive to me are the idiots who find this offensive!

  5. Amen to that! Sincerely the bureaucracy of our government is mind boggling. Quick frankly I am so disgusted by the amount of money they think they need and what it goes for. Thank you for posting this!

    By the way I was able to post this to Facebook! Erica

  6. Sounds like the Dept. of Energy is waste of money, just like the Dept. of Education (another bright idea from Jimmy Carter). The more government controls things the worse things get and the more waste there is....seems like they could figure that out.

  7. You guys need to look up what the department of energy does. It's a lot easier to rail on something than to understand it.