A guy stopped at a local gas station, and after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind him and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind filling in the hole.
The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down the road. “I can’t stand this,” said the man tossing the can into a trash container and headed down the road toward the men. “Hold it, hold it,” he said to the men. “Can you tell me what’s going on here with all this digging and refilling?”
“Well, we work for the government and we’re just doing our job,” one of the men said.
“But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You’re not accomplishing anything. Aren’t you wasting the taxpayers’ money?”
“You don’t understand, mister,” one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. “Normally there’s three of us: me, Elmer and Leroy. I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree, and Leroy here puts the dirt back.
Elmer’s job’s been cut … so now it’s just me an’ Leroy.

The above joke was sent to me by my Uncle. It is not my creation and I can not take any credit for it. But, I do see the similarity between the punchline of the joke and how our bureaucracies seem to work, whether it is on the local level, state level, or federal level. The glaring idea that comes out of this joke, to me, is not the inefficiency of the work that is getting done but, more important is the people in charge are so disconnected to what is going on in the “field” that they can not fix the problem. If all you see as the end game, that the work is getting done and not concerned about the quality of the work, than where is the positive improvement. It’s just a bunch of filled-in holes with no new trees.

This is what is lacking in Washington…no accountability, no oversight, no ideas on how to bring about change, and finally and tragically, no betterment for this country. If we are spending deficit monies on things that do not directly benefit this country, than it needs to be cut.

On a more pressing note: People of this country need to take notice that we are being taken over by China and if this is allowed to continue, we will lose more and more US jobs. China and Chinese interests are buying up US companies that compete against their own chinese interests, gutting the companies of their resources, and than closing the doors. This is resulting in major lay offs of our US citizens and no one is doing anything about it. THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS BEING TORN APART, and what are you going to do about it? I personally have stopped purchasing anything made or processed in China. BEFORE YOU BUY…READ THE LABEL.

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