The Dead Horse Theory
by Don Torgersen posted on Monday, March 12, 2012
Originally Posted by Tim L
Some just like to flex their "internet muscles" to demonstrate how vigorously they can beat the dead horse, then with their giant intellect they can create the illusion that not only is the horse not dead but he is flourishing and thankful for the beating because now he understands why he needed it.It was for his own good. And there will be much rejoicing.
When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, your
best strategy is to dismount.
However, in our government more advanced strategies are
often employed, such as:
1. Buying a stronger (and more expensive) whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
4. Arranging trips to 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 efficiency.
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 live 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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