• The Government Horseshoer

      How many government workers does it take to fix a broken faucet? Answer: more than 200.

      First, you need dozens to fill out paperwork. Then, you need someone to change the horseshoes of the department's imaginary horses. Then --

      Wait. Horseshoes?

      Sadly, it's not a joke. The Mackinac Center's Jarrett Skorup reports:

      Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer.

      Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is "not possible" to eliminate positions...

      The horseshoer costs the city $56,245 (including benefits.)

      Despite the absurdity of the bankrupt city paying a horseshoer,

      John Riehl of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 207 told the Detroit Free Press that the department needs more workers.

      "They don't have enough people as it is right now," Riehl said.

      Only a government would spend money on a horseshoer with no horses. Only a government workers' union would then complain about not having enough workers.

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