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:
- Appointing a committee to study the horse
- Lowering standards so that dead horses are not disposed of
- Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired
- Telling everyone that we’ve always ridden our horses this way
- Hiring contractors to resuscitate the dead horse
- Hiring outside consultants to put together a training program for support staff to work better with the dead horse
- Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse’s performance
- Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance
- 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
- 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.