The four men were bragging about how clever their cats were. They were an engineer, accountant, chemist and a government worker.
To show off, the engineer called to his cat: “T-Square, do your stuff.” T-Square pranced over to a desk, took out some paper and a pen and promptly drew a circle, a square and a triangle.
Everyone agreed that was pretty good. But the accountant said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, “Spread Sheet, do your stuff.” Spread Sheet went out into the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into four equal piles of three cookies each. Everyone agreed that was very good.
The chemist said his cat could top that. He called his cat and said, “Measure, do your stuff.” Measure got up, walked over to the fridge, took a quart of milk, got a 20ml glass from the cupboard and poured exactly 18ml without spilling a drop. Everyone agreed that was very good. Then the three men turned to the government worker and said, “What can your cat do?”
The government worker called to his cat and said, “Coffee Break, do your thing.” Coffee Break jumped to his feet, ate the cookies, drank the milk, peed on the paper, sexually harassed the other three cats, claimed he injured his back while doing so, filed a grievance report for unsafe working conditions, put in for workers compensation and went home for the rest of the day on sick leave.
I’m not saying publicly employed don’t work hard. They do. But they do so at everybody else’s expense. How could the public sector survive if there was no private sector to mooch of and steal from?