Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Fake government?

OT but from the economists at the Marginal Revolution blog is a pointer to this story that must form the straight line to a multitude of jokes... In India they recently cracked down on a fully functioning, but fake, government office that they only discovered by accident. I may have to have Kinko's print me up a banner for the City of Pittsburgh's 10th Councilmatic district. How long would it be before I get a call about some pothole somewhere?


Blogger O said...

But will you FIX the pothole, that's the question.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 8:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I called. Nobody answered. Typical city government. By the way, does the 10th district cover the 4th river?

Thursday, December 13, 2007 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

Better yet, invent a row-office.

Ombusman is one that I'd want to invent.

Even better, open up a branch office to Pittsburgh's Ethics Hearing Board. That would be a hoot. And, there'd be some heavy lifting to do as well.

You could also try on a stadium, exibition, auditorium, sports, conventioning, expo authority wing-ding and have real esteem to go with that facade.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 7:26:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

yeah, I will use some virtual winter patch in the Second Life version of Pittsburgh.

Ombudsman.. in New York City there is an elected offical called the 'Public Advocate'.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

Public advocate is good. Here it would be very good.

That's what I wanted to do with the controller's post now -- since the controller is like the 4th violinist in a quartet these days given all the overlords around here.

I'd be happy with a public advocate, especially in county government -- and that person would be able to dig into municipal and public school concerns too.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 11:55:00 AM  

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