Saturday, March 31, 2018


The tribal wisdom of the Dakota 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.

In government however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Threatening the horse with termination.

4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

5. Visiting other sites to see how others ride dead horses.

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

7. Re-classifying the dead horse as “living, impaired”.

8. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

9. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed.

10. Attempting to mount multiple dead horses in hope that one of them will spring to life.

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

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

13. 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.

14. Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all horses.

15. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

Hat tip ... PM of New Zealand 


Anonymous said...

Like the plucky infantryman he is the Veteran plods doggedly up the hill ignoring the incoming fire of reason and explosions of common sense. It has been many long years since the half trained army of the peoples militia holding the hill have seen action but under their new energetic commander and her bullheaded 2IC they are fast gaining experience in the dirty war of words. Reinforced by progress they should hold the hill for the next 8 years.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... touché. But defending Bellamys to the last drop of chardonnay while having to deal with a mutinous right and left flank plus the need to maintain discipline within 'her' own ranks by way of the 'firing' squad might well see the 'Peoples' flag replaced by a white one sooner than you think.