View Full Version : Beating a dead horse

11-02-2005, 11:36 AM
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,
the best strategy is to dismount."

However, in government, education, and in corporate
America, more advanced strategies are often employed
in such situations, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Visiting other countries to see how other cultures
ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be

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

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 other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements
for all horses.

And of course the Grand-Daddy-of-all strategy is. . .

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory