The Dead Horse Theory of Bureaucracy

The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from
generation to generation, says that
“When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the
best strategy is to dismount.”
However, in government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other
cultures ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to
increase the dead horse’s performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders
would improve the dead horse’s performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be
fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead
and therefore contributes substantially more to the
bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And, of course…
Promoting the dead horse to supervisory position


All the above are logical reasons why we still have a Canadian Senate

God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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