Thursday, August 02, 2007

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of the Canadian Shield.

Parliament said,"Someone may steal from it at night". So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then Parliament 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 Parliament said,"How will we know the night watchman is doing the job correctly?". So they created a Quality Control Department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.

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

Then Parliament said,"We have had this bureau in operation for one year and we are $30,000 over budget.......So they laid off the night watchman.

1 comment:

Buddhagem said...

I know I'm going to get hit for "being too serious" here. And I do understand this is humor. With that said, however, it's jokes like these that fuel anti-politics. It obscures the fact that government growth has come mostly at the behest of the business/capitalist community. And it gives rise to the popular notion that government grows because bureaucrats are given to self-aggrandizement and want to affirm and enlarge their "power and prestige."

The real defect in the government is that it is potentially democratic. Corporations, on the other hand, are pure tyrannies. So if we destroy the former without checking the power of the latter we're going to be in a world of trouble.

OK, and the joke is funny. I just fear that these kinds of jokes do more harm than good.