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.