Thursday, May 19, 2016

The story of Government

Every day, an ant arrived at work very early and started work immediately.  She produced a lot very efficiently, and she was happy.  The CEO, a lion, was surprised to see how well the ant was working without supervision.  He thought that if the ant could produce so much without supervision, she would be able to produce even more with supervision.  So, the lion recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as a supervisor, and who was able to write excellent reports.

The cockroach's first decision was to set up a time clock system.  He also hired a secretary to help him write and type his reports.  He then recruited a spider to manage the archives and monitor all phone calls.

The lion was delighted with the cockroach's reports, and asked him to produce graphs showing production rates and trends, so that the lion could use them for presentations at Board meetings.  The cockroach had to buy a computer and a laser printer to do that.  He also had to hire a fly to set up an IT Department.

The ant, who had once been so productive and relaxed, was faced with a plethora of paperwork and meetings, which used up most of her time.  She became less happy and less efficient at production.

The lion concluded that a Department Head was needed for the ant's department.  He hired a cicada, whose first decision was to buy a carpet and an ergonomic chair for his office.  The cicada also needed a computer and a Personal Assistant to help him prepare a Work and Budget Control Strategic Optimization Plan.

The ant's department became more and more inefficient and less productive.  So, the cicada convinced the lion a climatic study of the environment was necessary.

The lion realized that production and production efficiency were down in the ant's department.  So, he recruited an owl, a prestigious consultant to carry out an audit and provide solutions.  The owl spent three months in the ant's department and then delivered a tremendous report complete with detailed presentations.  The report concluded that the ant's department was overstaffed.

So, the lion fired the ant.

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