Saturday, December 12, 2009

How Government works

I received that humorous email from a friend, and sadly my observations of government works around Sebastian's therapy and especially his dischargetells me that this joke is frighteningly close to the truth. In case of autistic children government is cerating commition after commission and documents after document helping them discharge kids from therapy instead simply direct the resources to the most capable and efficient people who can deliver the treatment.

How Government works

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Parliament said, "Someone may steal from the scrapyard at night." So they created a night watchman position and hired a person (bilingual, naturally) for the job.

Then Parliament said, "How can the watchman do his job without instructions?" So they created a Planning Department and hired two people; one person to write the job description and one person to do time studies.

Then Parliament said, "How will we know the night watchman is performing 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 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 more people.

Then Parliament 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 Parliament said, "We have had this organization in operation for only one year and we are $18,000 over budget; we must cut back our overall costs."

So they laid off the night watchman.

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