So Who is Doing the Work?

I get these kind of email jokes all the time. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of people not doing their homework when they initiate these so-called funny jokes. My comments are shown with either links or red text.

The population of the USA is 300 million.

160 million are retired. (unsubstantiated claim, see here for more details)

That leaves 140 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school. (Not true; the latest census figures released for 2003 are 71,890 people were enrolled in school. The projected 2007 enrollment is for 73,544).

Which leaves 55 million to do the work.

Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government. (Where did they come up with this bogus number? The U.S. Office of Personnel Management puts the number of Federal employees (all branches … includes Non-Department of Defense, Department of Defense, and United States Postal Service combined) at 2.7132 million people.)

Leaving 15 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the armed forces on the hunt for Osama Bin-Laden. (Wikipedia … yeah, not the authority or anything … puts the approximate number of active duty personnel at 1,426,713 with another 1,259,000 in the reserves. Add those two numbers up and get ~2.6 million … a delta of 114,287 people. Not bad for an approximation, but hardly something you’d want to generalize.)

Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.

Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for state and city governments. (I need proof.)

And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals. (Hmmm, reference??)

Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. (It is funny when the number isn’t an approximation … like, no matter when someone gets released, someone is incarcerated.  The prison population is ever-expanding … so, no matter how you spin it, there are less and less people doing the real work.)

That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.

And there you are, sitting on your ass, at your computer, reading jokes.

Nice. Real nice!! (Fuck you … you sent this shit to me, a supposedly important person I’ve allowed to bypass my SPAM filter.)

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