November 27th, 2009 12:02 AM
Gubmint and How Gubmint Works
Gubmint and How Gubmint Works
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, anAdministrative 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.
NOW slowly, let it sink in.
Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter.
Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of theDEPARTMENT OF ENERGY..... during the Carter Administration?
Didn't think so!
Bottom line. We've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency...the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember!
It was very simple...and at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate.
The Department of Energy was instituted on 8-04-1977, TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.
Hey, pretty efficient, huh???
AND NOW IT'S 2009 -- 32 YEARS LATER -- AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS "NECESSARY" DEPARTMENT IS AT $24.2 BILLION A YEAR. THEY HAVE 16,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND APPROXIMATELY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES; AND LOOK AT THE JOB THEY HAVE DONE! THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY, "WHAT WAS I THINKING?"
Ah, yes -- good ole bureaucracy.
AND, NOW, WE ARE GOING TO TURN THE BANKING SYSTEM, HEALTH CARE, AND THE AUTO INDUSTRY OVER TO THE SAME GOVERNMENT?
HELLOOO! Anybody Home?
"When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty."
--Thomas Jefferson --
November 27th, 2009 10:29 AM
Forrest Gump should have said that you can't fix government. It would mean the same thing.
One should never confuse good fortune with good training.
Illegitimus Non Carborundum.
In God we trust.
November 27th, 2009 10:49 AM
That's funny until you start to look into the reasons they were as stated unsuccessful in breaking our dependence on foreign oil.
Originally Posted by mi2az
One of these is that while they made a decent enough start on shale oil development, a certain president had that project killed.
Another, the public objected to nuclear.
And we can go on and on.
But basically yes, that department and all of us failed to do what needed to be done. And even now, there is plenty of opposition to every reasonable option for reducing foreign oil use and transformation toward more of an electric economy.
And, don't forget, a lot of the technology needed to get the job done simply didn't exist. Lots of it has been developed with DOE research dollars through the years.
November 28th, 2009 08:00 PM
The wikipedia version of the failure of our govt. to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil. Basically the arabs knew we got serious about energy independence from our experience in the 70s and collapsed the price of oil to make coal gasification unprofitable.
The Synthetic Fuels Corporation was a U.S. government-funded corporation established in 1980 by the Synthetic Fuels Corporation Act to create a market for synthetic fuel alternatives to imported fossil fuels (such as coal gasification). The Great Plains coal gasification plant in Beulah, ND, still producing natural gas and sequestering carbon in 2009 , was built by this corporation, partly as a result of efforts by Reagan's Energy Secretary James B. Edwards. The corporation was abolished in 1985.
The original intention of the corporation was to partner with industry (primarily oil companies) to create a market for domestically-produced synthetic liquid fuels, with a goal of producing 2 million barrels of liquid fuel per day within five years. Critics of the Synthetic Fuels Corporation[who?] point to its failure to achieve its goals as a reason to prevent government from interfering with free markets. The purported objective behind the Synthetic Fuels Corporation was to move research and development of synthetic fuels out of the Department of Energy and into a public-private partnership that would produce tangible results in a short period of time. Many believe[weasel words] that the drop in worldwide oil prices in the early 1980s played a primary role in obviating the need for the corporation, at least from a short-term economic perspective.
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November 28th, 2009 09:37 PM
The DOE's areas of coverage are many:
Its responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production.
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