How Government Works Joke

  Once upon a time the government had a vast
  scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress
  said "someone may steal from it at night." So
  they created a night watchman position and
  hired a person for the job.
  Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do
  his job without instruction?" So they created
  a planning department and hired two people, one
  person to write the instructions, and one person
  to do time studies.
  Then Congress said, "How will we know the night
  watchman is doing the tasks correctly?" So they
  created a Quality Control department and hired
  two people.  One to do the studies and one to
  write the reports.
  Then Congress said, "How are these people going
  to get paid?"  So they created the following
  positions, a time keeper, and a payroll officer,
  then hired two people.
  Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for
  all of these people?" So they created an
  administrative section and hired three people, an
  Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative
  Officer, and a Legal Secretary.
  Then Congress said, "We have had this command in
  operation for one year and we are $18,000 over
  budget, we must cutback overall cost."
  So they laid off the night watchman.

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