Government shutdown – workplace allegory

I was trying to figure out how to write what I feel about this stupid government shutdown, but I couldn’t really without getting into some nasty words. But then I saw this post a friend shared on his Facebook page. I copy-pasted it here, but these are neither my words nor my friend’s, I don’t know who the author is. I just think it represents what I think really well.

Edit: Initially posted as anonymous quote, this post has been re-tweeted (thanks, folks!), and the author of the allegory contacted me and asked to put a link to the original post. So here it is: Brian’s Original Post – Hilarious Allegory to the Current ACA aka ObamaCare Hoopla.

– hilarious allegory to the current ACA aka Obamacare hoopla –

So, Imagine that the company you work for held a poll, and asked everyone if they thought it would be a good idea to put a soda machine in the break room. The poll came back, and the majority of your colleagues said “Yes”, indicating that they would like a soda machine. Some said no, but the majority said yes. So, a week later, there’s a soda machine.

Now imagine that Bill in accounting voted against the soda machine. He has a strong hatred for caffeinated soft drinks, thinks they are bad you you, whatever. He campaigns throughout the office to get the machine removed. Well, management decides “OK, we’ll ask again” and again, the majority of people say “Yes, lets keep the soda machine.”

Bill continues to campaign, and management continues to ask the employees, and every time, the answer is in favor of the soda machine. This happens, lets say… 35 times. Eventually, Bill says “OK, I’M NOT PROCESSING PAYROLL ANYMORE UNTIL THE SODA MACHINE IS REMOVED”, so nobody will get paid unless management removes the machine.

What should we do???

Answer: Fire Bill and get someone who will do the fucking job.

Bonus: Bill tells everyone that he was willing to “Negotiate”, to come to a solution where everyone got their payroll checks, but only so long as that negotiation capitulated to his demand to remove the soda machine.

Bill is a fucking jackass.


– Brian K

They can agree or disagree about ACA all they want, but blackmail and extortion are not the way laws should be enacted.

ACA comes into effect now, and they’re afraid that all these horrible things they promised us because of it will never happen. Remember the “death panels“?

Your Little Adviser.

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5 Responses to Government shutdown – workplace allegory

  1. AaronAM says:

    Extremely bad soda machine analogy. It should read:

    “The majority of employees (people of the US) do not want to pay for a new soda machine, they already have one. It is optional to purchase sodas from the current machine.”
    “Management (Congress) decides that they will purchase a new soda machine and force people to use it and have the old soda machine retrofitted to match the new one. Employees must purchase sodas from the new machines every month and drink them.” (Mandate, not optional)
    “If employees do not purchase sodas from the machine they will be fined 1% of their salary this year and 2.5% of their salary next year.” (Tax penalty for not signing up for Obamacare)
    “Management will confiscate part of the employees paychecks regardless of the situation and use part of that money to pay for 75% of management’s sodas.” (Congress gets 75% of their costs for Obamacare paid for according to OMB)
    Link to 75% info:

    • Actually you’re wrong entirely. The employees in this allegory are the members of Congress. They’re the ones who voted, not the American people. Republic, remember? Representative democracy. Checks and balances. Means anything to you? I guess not.

      Thanks for playing, and proving yet again that people who support Republicans have very poor logical reasoning skills.

      I cannot ever understand people who think that profiting of others’ misery is a good thing. 2.5% penalty? 25% I say.

      • AaronAM says:

        Actually, you are wrong entirely. The employees are the people and did not get to vote on Obamacare (this was entirely left out of the original allegory). The managers (congress) are the ones who voted and did not represent the will of the majority of the people (employees). Yes, you got it right that we have a representative democracy – you fail to mention that it did not represent the will of the people (look at all of the polls that state the majority of the US population does not want ACA/Obamacare).

        It is really funny when someone like you tries to go against sound logic (calling it poor logic) and tries to argue against it with poor logic. …but some people are just unable to grasp simple concepts.

      • Again – “American People” do not vote on laws. What “American people” want is irrelevant. Did “American people” want to go to war in Vietnam? In Korea? In Iraq? In Iraq again? And again? In Afghanistan? In Libya? In Syria? Anyone asked them? No! Why all of the sudden, when it comes to ACA, it suddenly matters what “American People” want? “American People” elect representatives that’s it. That is the constitutional right and duty for these representatives to enact laws, and that’s what happens with ACA. There’s not enough votes necessary in Congress to repeal it – so it cannot be repealed. Putting a gun to the head and saying “Hey, if you don’t repeal this law – nothing else will be allowed to work” is plain blackmail and extortion. Had it not been the Republican Speaker of the House doing it – the person would be in jail by now!

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