"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Friday, June 24, 2011

POST SCRIPT: THE DEAD HORSE THEORY





ROBERT HARKINS
I really could not resist sharing with you the political theory upon which the Renegade approaches the creation, funding and operation of statist government. 

  The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to  generation, says that, "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the  best strategy is to dismount."  However, in government, education, and in corporate America, more advanced  strategies are often employed, such as:  1. Buying a stronger whip.  2. Changing riders.  3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.  4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead  horses.  5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.  6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.  7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.  8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.  9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse's  performance.  10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead  horse's performance.  11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less  costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to  the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.  12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.  And of course....  13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

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