Top Ten Things I Have Learned from Government
Please forgive my heavy sarcasm, but any honest look at how our government functions these days can turn the most optimistic Tigger into a gloomy Eeyore.
- Truth, like lemon juice, must always be diffused and diluted, never taken straight.
- A press conference is not unlike feeding time at the zoo.
- Reporters are bright, ambitious persons who used to be human beings.
- Post election speeches represent grace and forgiveness in its highest form, as both candidates express great appreciation and respect for the opponent they have mercilessly trashed for six months.
- History has a remarkable way of putting our leaders in perspective. Some big people get much smaller with the passing of time, and a few little people may take on a stature and breadth that we never noticed when they were around.
- Politicians are becoming more and more like pets – they are all owned by somebody. They may prance and parade their pedigree in public, but they still tend to fight and bite and make messes in private.
- No matter what the job may be, there has to be a way to make it take longer and cost more than you ever dreamed possible.
- Terms like revenue enhancement, fiscal evaluation, and tax assessment all mean the same thing – you and I are picking up the check.
- People are fickle, flying wherever the winds of self-interest may carry us. Every conviction is negotiable it seems, except the ultimate truths like Ford is better than Chevy.
- These days it’s not so much government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It’s more like government to the people, use the people, and confuse the people.
I don't feel like bouncing like Tigger just yet, but I am hoping for better days ahead.