How the Government Works

I’ve been enjoying  our visit with my favorite poet and his wife tremendously. It’s wonderful to have a child of whom you are justly proud, and see him together with someone who adds such light to his eyes. We all wish our best for our children, and I can’t think of anything more satisfying than seeing some of those hopes come true. They will be here for another ten days before thay have to return to France, and I plan to make the most of that opportunity until then, begging your continued indulgence for being remiss in visiting with you. In the meantime, I share with you another story contributed by a friend that I would find a great deal more humorous if it didn’t include so many elements of truth.
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 at
$18,000.00 a year for the job.
Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without
So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person
to write the instructions for $22,000.00, and one person to do time
studies for an additional $22,000.00 per year.
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 for $31,000.00 and one to write the reports for an
additional $31,000.00 per year.
Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?"
So they created the following positions, a time keeper for $35,000.00
annual salary, and a payroll officer for an additional $35,000.00,
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 at $155,000.00 per year, Assistant
Officer $125,000.00, and a Legal Secretary for an additional
per year.
Then Congress said, "We have had this operating for one year with a
budget cost of $574,000.00 and we are $18,000 over budget. We must
cutback overall cost."
So they laid off the night watchman.
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12 Responses to How the Government Works

  1. Hope says:

    "snicker" oh my I agree it would be funny if it was not so close to the truth..Happy to know that your having a wonderful time with poet and wife. its a wonderful thing to behold when we see that magic light in our childrens eyes.. it does bring about warm smiles ..enjoy this wonderful blessing of visiting with your loved ones..sending my best and of course as always with soft hugs..Hope

  2. PJ says:

    Good Afternoon Jorge,
    LOL @ the "truth". It never ceases to amaze me what the Government is capable of. ENJOY that Poet and his lovely wife. I am sure you are all having the times of your lives. May God Bless.
    Until next time…Keep Smiling.

  3. Beth says:

    I am laughing because that is exactly how the government works.
    Continue to enjoy time spent with your wonderful family.  That is what life is all about.

  4. PJ says:

    Evening Jorge,
    I see your photos. I sent you a message. Let me know if things are still going awry with yours. OK?

  5. Lisa says:

    As a government employee, I\’m really feeling this, Jorge … hope you\’re enjoying every minute with your son and daughter in law!

  6. Patricia says:

    I\’ve just spent a few days with family…so very important…mine are only a few miles away, though, not across an ocean…enjoy them while you can…
    I just knew the story was leading to the end of the night watchman…spend, spend, spend….

  7. dawn says:

    smiles!  i feel your honor, dear Jorge. for a father to feel proud of his son, but your favourite poet whose eyes light up at the sight of his wife, his love *jeez!*………..need i say more?p.S:thank you for staying my friend, in-spite of my sometimes blunt retorts. i can be quite dense at times, turbulence i blame 😛 & hahaahaaaa etc on the joke 😉 you know. blessed be, d.

  8. Deborah says:

    That was a fun read.  So happy for you enjoying your visit.  I hope you have been able to take a big chunk of time away from the hospital as well.  Enjoy!
    Blessed be

  9. sweeti's says:

    It\’s wonderful to have a child of whom you are justly proud, and see him together with someone who adds such light to his eyes
    I love this line 
    gives me goose  bumps….Positiv ones..
    tx for sharing ur  hapiness.
    Lots  of  love

  10. Patricia says:

    Saying "hello", Jorge…

  11. Holy says:

    I only happened to check my spaces board for the first time ever today and spit coffee everywhere reading your comment….TOO.funny.  But glad it was just a shaken but not thoroughly stirred day.  Hope your patient comes back!

  12. jingjinghhh75 says:

    hahhahaha…)) thanks goodness the Congress at least realized it was over  the budget… and no corruption involved….

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