A Lesson from a Governor
Since I have enjoyed a certain amount of success lately and I hate to do my own housekeeping, I hired Esmerelda and her 7 assistants to clean my house once a week for only $2000 a week. For the $2000 Esmerelda and the crew pick up some of the crap I leave lying around and wash come of the dishes that I don’t wash and do some light sweeping and I think I noticed that the vacuum was moved once while they were there. I know they use the bathroom while they’re at my house and I think I asked them to clean in there, but I’m not positive that they do. At first glance you might think that $2000 is a bit much for a weekly house cleaning, but she’s very well respected by herself and some of the other illegal aliens performing the same services in my neighborhood. And I do owe it to myself to live up to the level of my income.
Recently the economy has had a small negative impact on my income. Part of my success was the result of a cash income resulting from my restraint in publishing some candid photos of some of my neighbors enjoying some recreational activities with spouses not assigned to them. As my neighbors lost their jobs and their incomes have been interrupted, and their assigned spouses weren’t much fun when they were making a good income, my “clients” are begging me to publish those photos to help end their pain. That has left me depending on my pitiful salary from my day job as a New Jersey State employee. Fortunately I never suffered from the restrictions that my neighbors had. I don’t really have to show any results for my efforts and my employer is not restricted by any obligation to earn enough through taxes to pay me. However the cash business that supplemented my income has dwindled to nothing.
I’m currently rethinking my obligation to Esmerelda and her crew. $2000 a week is a bit much for a public servant to pay for a housekeeper. And I don’t really get what I’m paying for. She only washes some of the dishes I dirty and none of the dishes she and the crew use. The beds are never made, and the bathroom constantly shows the evidence of my poor aim. The floors are filthy, the dirty clothes stay dirty and my pantry is always empty as they run out of there carrying shopping bags.
I called her in to discuss a new agreement, but she doesn’t want to discuss it. She’s very happy with the arrangement we have now. She gets a large sum of cash up front every week and I get marginal service in return. I asked her to cut her crew in some way to minimize my expenses, but she refused because she can. My financial issues are not her problem, and she won’t accept them. I insist that a smaller crew can abuse my generosity and fail to meet my very low expectations for a lower cost every week, but Esmerelda is very happy with the arrangement and doesn’t see a need to cut back. I should find a way to cover my shortfall each week and keep satisfying her and the crew as they strive to disappoint me in every way possible. She suggests that I start taking a collection (or steal) from my friends and family to help pay her to disappoint me.
I sit back and try to understand what just happened and I’m reminded of what the current Governor of New Jersey is trying to do. To help out with his serious financial shortfall, he unilaterally stopped paying too much money to the schools districts who are disappointing the parents and students of his state. Let them fail to meet our minimum standards and mismanage our resources with a smaller budget. Provide less for them to mismanage and they’ll hurt us less. Historically giving them more and more money to improve the school systems didn’t achieve their intended purposes; perhaps giving them less to lose will hurt the tax payers less. More money didn’t equal better test scores. Could it hurt to give them less money? Could the scores go down that much more? Probably not. I don’t see a down side for the Governor. Maybe I’ll try what he is doing. When Esmerelda and the crew come over next week I’ll only leave them $1900 and see how much more they disappoint me with their marginal service. They are so close to the bottom of the scale there is so little room to go down.
Vote the Bums Out,