Posted by: Ken Homer | November 12, 2008

Riding a Dead Horse – The Wisdom of the Dakota Indians

Someone sent me this a few years ago and I don’t know who it was or where this originated. But given all the dead horse beating that has been going on in the MSM since the election, I thought if I posted it, it might provide a welcome chuckle for some of you.

Riding a Dead Horse

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

In modern education and government, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Threatening the horse with termination.

4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

5. Visiting other sites to see how others ride dead horses.

6. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

7. Re-classifying the dead horse as “living, impaired”.

8. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

9. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed.

10. Attempting to mount multiple dead horses in hopes that one of them will spring to life.

11. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.

12. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.

13. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead, and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

14. Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all horses.

15. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.



  1. Ah, yes .. tee-hee and then there’s the multi-billion dollar bailout plan to take care of the people who take care of the dead horse so the advanced strategies can continue. :o)

  2. I love it! No wait, seriously do I love that there is such a huge investment in dead horse riding? Are these horses too dead to fail?

  3. Are we talking about the US auto industry?

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