Thursday, March 14, 2013

Email of the Day

Government work

A man stopped at a rural gas station, and after filling his tank he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. Standing by his car, he began drinking his cola and watching a couple men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move twenty feet down the road and dig another. The second man came along behind the first and filled in the hole. The men kept working right past the man with the soft drink, one digging holes and the other refilling them.

I can't stand this, the man thought. He threw his cola can in a trash container and headed toward where the men were digging and filling.

"Hold it, hold it," he said to the two men. "Can you tell me what's going on with this digging holes and then immediately filling

"Well," one man said, "we work for the government and we're just doing our job."

"But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it in. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting taxpayer money?"

"You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on the handle of his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there are three of us on this job ... me, Leroy and Elmer. I dig the hole. Then Leroy, our tree guy, sticks a tree in it, and Elmer here puts the dirt back. But Leroy's job's been cut due to sequestration ... so now it's just me and Elmer."