You ever wonder how things have gotten so out of control everywhere in our government? It’s a poisonous, cancerous process. The military refers to it as ‘mission creep.’ They being the second biggest beaurocracy within government have vast experience with it. Everything starts innocently enough. Much of it is not even within the purview of what our founders had in mind for government at all. It removes us farther from our God given liberty. They were all about that, not this.
I wish I know who to give credit to for coming up with this, but, alas, I do not. This parable is alive and well after decades. Never more appropriate than now…
Once Upon A Time
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 was to do the studies and one was to write the reports.
Your Tax Dollars At Work
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, 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 it 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?
Anybody? Anything? Anyone? No? Didn’t think so!
Bottom line is, we’ve spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency, the reason for which very few people who read this can remember!
Are You 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 2022 — 45 YEARS LATER — AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS “NECESSARY” DEPARTMENT IS AT $242 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?”) 34 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.
Ah, yes — good old Federal bureaucracy.
NOW, WE HAVE TURNED OVER THE BANKING SYSTEM, HEALTH CARE, OUR KID’S EDUCATION, AND THE AUTO INDUSTRY TO THE SAME GOVERNMENT? What could possibly go wrong?
Hello!! Anybody Home?
Signed…. The Night Watchman
Today, it’s All The Same Pack of Dogs
There is no distinction between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to this madness. It’s too easy and pain free when you are spending someone else’s money.
The way our government was originally set up was designed to keep this crap from happening by pitting the political factions against one another. They did that with the idea that infighting would prevent them from meddling so much with the rest of us. That worked for a while. Then they found a way around that and hid it from us. We now have a uniparty in Washington and a deadly game of charades with the American people (Us, folks. They are not on our side.)
It’s like Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
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