Government Measurement

Flagpole math for labourers

Ray and Bob, two Government maintenance guys, were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up.

A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.

“We’re supposed to find the height of the flagpole”, said Bob, “but we don’t have a ladder.”

The woman said, “Hand me that wrench out of your toolbox.”
She loosened a few bolts, then laid the pole down. She then took a tape measure from their toolbox, took a measurement and announced, “Eighteen feet, six inches” and walked away.

Ray shook his head and laughed. “Well, ain’t that just like a ‘Miss-know-it-all’ woman?” he said. “We need the height and she gives us the length!”

Ray and Bob are still working for the Government.

I do. That is character! - Theodore Roosevelt

Leadership is action, not position. - Samuel Gompers

When you're riding lead, don't spit. - Unknown

All government, of course, is against liberty. - H L Mencken

Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence. - Joseph Krutch

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown. - Charles de Gaulle

Excellence in any pursuit is the late, ripe fruit of toil. - W.M.L. Jay

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. - Woodrow Wilson

Once you get rid of integrity the rest is a piece of cake. - Larry Hagman

If you don't have enemies, you don't have character. - Paul Newman

A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. - Bertrand de Jouvenel

My ambition was to be successful, wherever that would lead me. - Joe Segal

It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - from lack of character. - Dag Hammarskjold

While your circumstances are beyond your control, your character is not. - John C Maxwell

Cause Change & Lead
Accept Change & Survive
Resist Change & Die - Ray Norda

Government can't give us anything without depriving us of something else. - Henry Hazlitt

It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. - Adlai Stevenson

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. - P.J. O'Rourke

Any lack of confidence in the economic future of the United States is foolish. - Herbert Hoover

The world may take your reputation from you, but it cannot take your character. - Emma Dunham Kelley

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed. - A.J. Liebling

As long as I can wear a wig I can be any character, and in real life I can be myself. - Ginnifer Goodwin

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government. - Woody Allen

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. - Will Rogers

You must be a man of integrity. Never break your word. Don't have two sets of standards. - Red Auerbach

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought. - Lin Yutang

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them. - P.J. O'Rourke

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve. - Tom Landry

Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life. - John C. Geikie

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government. - Donald Trump

Leadership is the special quality which enables people to stand up and pull the rest of us over the horizon. - James L Fisher

It's especially hard if the government is not providing services, or is even conducting ethnic cleansing against you. - Paul Harvey

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. - Albert Camus

Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how awesome you are if you can't see it yourself? - Unknown

The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. - Albert Einstein

A man who cannot work without his hypodermic needle is a poor doctor. The amount of narcotic you use is inversely proportional to your skill. - Martin H. Fischer

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