Dead Horse Theory

I got this in an email from a friend. Very observant and  explains many things well.

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, 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.



If you don’t understand the stupidity in this reasoning, you probably are happy with the way our tax money is being spent….and that would make you part of the problem..

10 thoughts on “Dead Horse Theory

  1. To pull Madeline Kahn’s line in “Blazing Saddles” totally out of context and apply it to our elected officials,

    “Is it twoo what they thay about you people? Oooooh, it’s twoo, it’s twoo, it’s weally twoo.”

    1. Sorry, I can’t give you permission as it is not my work. I suppose if you did and made sure to use his name as author, it would probably work. As long as the name of the author is on a poem, I don’t think anyone really cares if their work is used. I know I don’t, on my poems and songs.

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