Government Infrastructure

Government Infrastructure

Here’s a classic story of how government infrastructure develops and its consequences.

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. The decision makers in the upper echelon said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

The decision makers 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.

The decision makers 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 and one to write the reports.

The decision makers 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 the decision makers 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.

The decision makers said, “We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $18,000 over budget, we must cutback overall cost.”

So they laid off the night watchman

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