Tarry for the Nonce

July 18, 2009

A Laughing Matter

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 7:39 pm

Did you get a chance to see the Department of Treasury posting for a humorist with the following job description: “The Contractor shall conduct two, 3-hour, Humor in the Workplace programs that will discuss the power of humor in the workplace, the close relationship between humor and stress, and why humor is one of the most important ways that we communicate in business and office life. Participants shall experience demonstrations of cartoons being created on the spot. The contractor shall have the ability to create cartoons on the spot about BPD jobs.”

Republicans just shook their heads, but Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) intervened:

“Of all the agencies, the Bureau of Public Debt should know that there is very little that is funny about today’s economic conditions,” Dorgan said in a statement. “I understand the need for motivation in the workplace, but I think we have a greater motivation to save the taxpayers some money.”

The bureau canceled its plan to hire a cartoonist after Dorgan intervened.



  1. And people complain that Government isn’t run more like a business.

    Comment by Howard The Social Liberal — July 19, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  2. This makes no sense. Not only is everyone still humorless and stressed at the ironically anorexic Department of Public Debt, but you’ve also got yet another unemployed humorist out wandering the streets. So now you’ve got two problems.

    It’s simple economics, people: the more the government spends, the more they get back in taxes. That’s how value is created and economies grow.

    Haven’t you ever heard that you’ve got to spend money to make money? How about an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? Laughter is the best medicine? Of course you’ve heard it before, because it’s true.

    So don’t go blaming Obama if the stimulus or national health care don’t work. Blame Senator Dorgan for his penny pinching.

    Howard: I believe the quote is “If the Government were a business, it would have gone bankrupt decades ago.”

    Comment by Kevin — July 21, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

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