After tilting at bureaucratic windmills for the last several days, I came across this old post which was too true to ignore and too accurate to be really funny. See how it fits with your experience of how things are done by the powers that be.
Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of
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
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.