Jon Sanders

It was even given top billing over a picture of our Vice President accompanying the banner headline quoting him: 'WE HAVE TO SPEND MONEY TO KEEP FROM GOING BANKRUPT.'

And that placement alone worked to avert inefficiency in the federal government. The effect was managed epiphany. "Why do we need a new government employee to demonstrate the importance and power of humor, to exhibit creativity in adding humor to everyday experiences, or to create a cartoon on the spot," people all over America (even reportedly within the federal government) asked themselves, "when we have Joe Biden?"

The glaring redundancy of the position became obvious. Who counsels spending more to avoid bankruptcy ? Joe Biden. Who says that if milk prices went up 57 percent, there'd be a lot of dead cows ? Joe Biden. Who said that if the Obama administration did everything right, there was a 30 percent chance they'd be wrong ? You know it.

The man is a master, reducing stress at every workplace across America (save one) with each new addle pated utterance. Not since "The Far Side" of Gary Larson have people been treated to the daily enjoyment of a perfect blend of the hilarious and the weird. Who needs workshops?

So the job posted was taken down that very day. In its place is the notice that states with

elegant understatement , "Bureau of Public Debt has determined that it no longer has a need for this requirement."

Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is associate director of research at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.