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#FF — Adventures in OMB

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Horatio Maurice Peabody worked out of a cubbyhole at Michigan’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB.) Mr. Peabody’s desk had three monitors, one ten-key adding machine, three legal pads, and a Yahtzee cup of pens and pencils on it.

His job was to analyze where too little money was taken in and too much money was spent in the annual budget. Mr. Peabody noticed not enough employment taxes were being taken in and too much was spent on the criminal justice system.

Personal home privatization of prisoner incarceration was encouraged. Maximum number of cells per basement was capped at three.

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Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the pragmatic host of Friday Fictioneers.

51 thoughts on “#FF — Adventures in OMB

  1. Sigh. We’re not that far from it, I’m afraid, if those who are currently in charge and who benefit from the ‘donations’ of those who profit from jailing people, including caging children, continue to have their way …

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    1. Rochelle, thank you. I tried to show that the “solutions” are often proposed by bean counters with little connection to the “problem” except through numbers.


  2. I thought to were taking this metaphorically. Horatio feels like his desk is a cage. Then, “Hey, let’s lock people up in the basement.” I think I’d pass on that one. “Honey, be careful. The rapist escaped again.”

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    1. You know this could actually be a metaphor, now that you mention it. He feels caged so he cages others. He could be another Kafka, who worked as a clerk for years! I think I’d pass on caged prisoners in the basement also.


    1. Agreed, Bjorn. It’s a symptom of a very sick society based in inequity. In this neck of the woods, it is how governments are operated, letting the bean counters dictate public policy, much the same say insurance companies dictate what kind of health care individuals get.


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