Friday, January 6, 2017

When you're riding a dead horse...

One of Walt's agents thinks Niagara Falls is a pretty funny place. He passes along this little tidbit from the Niagara Falls Reporter.

The tribal wisdom of the Senecas, 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 Niagara Falls city government, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

  1. Appointing a committee to study the horse
  2. Lowering standards so that dead horses are not disposed of
  3. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired
  4. Telling everyone that we’ve always ridden our horses this way
  5. Hiring contractors to resuscitate the dead horse
  6. Hiring outside consultants to put together a training program for support staff to work better with the dead horse
  7. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse’s performance
  8. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance
  9. 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 city’s budget than do some other horses
  10. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

The unfunny thing is that misgovernment is not exclusive to Niagara Falls or to municipal government. You can substitute any municipality or state/province or country and still be right on.

Note from Ed.: There may be a word missing from No. 10. Should read "dead horse's ass", surely.

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