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Aug 21 2012

Horseless Detroit Water Department Employs Horseshoer

The great thing about a union-dominated, government-centered economy like they have in Detroit is that if you are lucky enough to get a job, you are unlikely to lose it — even if the job serves no purpose. For example:

Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer.

Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.

As presumably even the people running it know, Detroit is going bankrupt due to decades of liberal rule.

A recent independent report about the DWSD [Detroit Water and Sewerage Department] recommends that the city trim more than 80 percent of the department’s workforce. …

In response to the report, John Riehl, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 207, which represents many of the DWSD employees, told the Detroit Free Press that the department needs more workers.

Former city administrator Roi Chinn explains:

“As the bureaucracy thickens and union power grows, there is always a built in reflex … to want more.”

This is the same economically lethal disease Scott Walker earned such ferocious hatred from liberals by fighting in Wisconsin. As Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press writes,

“For unions and the whole idea of collective bargaining, this is the kind of report that just makes any sort of future very, very hard to negotiate. It suggests that collective bargaining turns government into a provider of jobs instead of public services.”

The useless government jobs provide outlandishly extravagant benefits. For example, the horseshoer makes $29,245 in salary and $27,000 in bennies. Since the taxes needed to pay for this are strangling the economy, there aren’t enough relatively poorly paid private sector workers to support the government parasites. So cities like Detroit go into debt and wait for the federal government to bail them out.

Fred Flintstone may still be on the payroll in Detroit.

On tips from AC, wingmann, Mickey Shea, and Byron.

17 Responses to “Horseless Detroit Water Department Employs Horseshoer”

  1. Heh says:

    Sounds like a bunch of horse sh*t to me!

  2. whotothewhat says:

    Since this report has come out the The City of Detroit’s Witch Doctor has been a bit nervous about his own job.

  3. AC says:

    Those aren’t the only expensive shoes burdening Detroit taxpayers. Nike will be releasing a new basketball shoe which costs $315, or free, if you swipe your EBT.

    Detroiters are advised to stay away from the malls on the release date.

  4. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    The unions haven’t figured out yet that a “horseshoer” is actually called a farrier?

  5. Marmo says:

    The obvious solution to this problem is to get some horses.

  6. Jimbo says:

    I suppose calling him a blacksmith would be racist.

  7. StanInTexas says:

    Marmo, actually, the solution will be as follows…

    1) Get some horses
    2) Hire wranglers to manage the horses
    3) Hire professional landscapers to care for the horse’s habitat
    4) Hire veternarians to care for the horses
    5) Hire management personnel to take care of all the paperwork for the horses, the land, and the personnel needed.
    6) Hire a team of supervisors to oversee the entire thing.

    And in a year, when the entire project is over budget, cut costs by laying off the horse-shoer, with full benefits!

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  9. Marmo says:


    Exactly. That would be the only logical solution to a liberal. Except that last part. Once the program goes bankrupt, you ask for money from the federal government to save the Water Department Horse Project. For the children.

  10. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    I guess he is needed to shoe the Old Grey Mare of government

  11. Geeknerd says:


    The City of Detroit’s Witch Doctor is of course the Mayor (Mare?). Back in my day, Coleman Young was the witch doctor/mayor of Detroit, and he was more of the south half of a north-bound horse.

  12. Spider says:

    Is Detroit still necessary now that most American cars are made in Mexico?

  13. Son of Taz says:

    I have come to believe that regardless of who occupies 1600 Penn Ave on January 20, 2013, as long as the public unions hold sway, this country is headed for the outhouse. They are financial terrorists.

    The pinky-ringed union boss says “it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.” Wanna bet? Find someone not on the take and who owns a pair of steel ones and write out a pink slip. Done.

    I suspect it would be easier to find a unicorn.

  14. Drury says:

    Unionized non-work jobs like this are all over the place. A few years ago, an inspection company I was with was hired to do some work at a unionized coal-powered energy plant. In the main elevator to take workers to the various levels they needed to go was a man in a chair sitting by the operating panel, with a newspaper by his side. He sat in that chair from 8am-12pm and from 1pm-5pm (although I am sure he had mandated 15 minute break periods and bathroom breaks in there too). When you rode the elevator and he was sitting, you told him which floor you needed and he pushed the button for you. Those times he was not there, you got to push the floor button yourself like in 99.999% of times you ride an elevator. He actually bragged about getting paid for doing that “job.”

  15. Ummah Gummah says:


    Oh boy. Next they’ll start outing the local griot and the village idiot who are also on the payroll.


  16. TED says:

    Just like California, they are trying to finance Mexico and now they are asking the REST of the country to bail them out.

  17. Pauls says:

    um, isn’t a person who works with horse’s feet called a “farrier”?

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