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For some reason, the city of Detroit still employs a horseshoer
MSNBC ^ | August 21, 2012 | Unkown

Posted on 08/21/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes

Here's a riddle for you: What do you call a horseshoer that doesn't shoe any horses? An employee of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. No, you're not supposed to laugh, but the perpetually cash-strapped city somehow still employs a horseshoer, even though the department does not own horses, nor does the former employee of the Police Department work with any of the city's four-legged equines. The horseshoer's position was revealed as part of an independent report that concluded that the DWSD could "trim more than 80% of its workforce," a suggestion that union leaders say isn't possible. In case you were wondering, the horseshoer's annual salary for doing nothing is $29,245. Maybe that's why horseshoes are lucky.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; governmentunions; governmentworkers; horseshoer; union; waste
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But the man can't possibly be let go.
1 posted on 08/21/2012 7:21:43 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes
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To: Past Your Eyes
My bet is he doesn't even have to show up.
2 posted on 08/21/2012 7:23:25 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Even if they had a few horses it would be more cost effective to contract with a private farrier. I know one who has clients in several counties who carries all he needs in a trailer.


3 posted on 08/21/2012 7:27:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I WONDER WHO HAS THE ‘BUGGY WHIP CONTRACT’?..........


4 posted on 08/21/2012 7:29:25 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yeah. I would do what the emergency school manager did with school employees and make them come to his office and pick up their paychecks in person. More than 200 employees didn’t even exist.


5 posted on 08/21/2012 7:30:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Past Your Eyes

He’s one of the last four employed people in Detroit ... if they let him go, the employment rate will drop by a quarter.

SnakeDoc


6 posted on 08/21/2012 7:31:04 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: Red Badger

I WONDER WHO HAS THE ‘BUGGY WHIP CONTRACT’?..........

I hear it is Nancy Pelosi’s husband;-)


7 posted on 08/21/2012 7:31:22 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Past Your Eyes

Get him some horses and a load of horseshoes and put him to work. This is a classic.


8 posted on 08/21/2012 7:36:51 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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” Yeah. I would do what the emergency school manager did with school employees and make them come to his office and pick up their paychecks in person. More than 200 employees didn’t even exist.”

Sure they do....I cash all 200 of them every 2 weeks.


9 posted on 08/21/2012 7:37:45 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

What they need is a couple of zoo keepers.


10 posted on 08/21/2012 7:38:19 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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They may no longer have any horses but they still have plenty of horses arses.


11 posted on 08/21/2012 7:40:09 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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According to the original source, the man is actually a welder for the Water Department - that is his main job. There is featherbedding here - he is collecting a paycheck for a second job that doesn’t require any additional work.


12 posted on 08/21/2012 7:42:31 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: Iron Munro
Yep. And they produce an ample supply of biscuits for the rest of us to clean up.
13 posted on 08/21/2012 7:44:45 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Past Your Eyes

The Police Department in Detroit has a Mounted Unit. There are horses.


14 posted on 08/21/2012 8:02:11 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Past Your Eyes; cripplecreek; Vigilanteman; Bitsy; Red Badger; E. Pluribus Unum; SnakeDoctor; ...

The US Army still has a farrier, aka horseshoer. He is a member of the 3rd Infantry, known as the “Old Guard” at Ft. Myer, VA. He is responsible for shoeing the horses that the ceremonial burial platoon has and uses on a regular basis for burials in Arlington National Cemetery.


15 posted on 08/21/2012 8:05:02 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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Thanks for the information. I forgot about that —


16 posted on 08/21/2012 8:08:08 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Past Your Eyes

I guess ‘farrier’ is not in their lexicon.


17 posted on 08/21/2012 8:10:15 AM PDT by novascotianative
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To: JerseyanExile
The article I read yesterday said something like "...and other related tasks...".

It was not made clear that it was a secondary compensation job. Make that "job". I figured the welding was the main task of the position now.

And the union pres/rep said "there's no room for cuts".

In any case, while this may one of the "jobs" singled out for ridicule, at a yearly compensation package of < $60,00, I seriously doubt that it's the lowest hanging fruit that is going to make the biggest difference in getting reality back in focus.

Not that it isn't a start...

18 posted on 08/21/2012 8:12:40 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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A horsehoer? LOL
I thought they were called a farrier.
19 posted on 08/21/2012 8:14:26 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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Some believe that asses should be shod. Maybe Detroit has more than its share of them.


20 posted on 08/21/2012 8:15:13 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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