#FF — Adventures in OMB


PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

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 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Dark humour there. But eerily possible

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s coming.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 In theory, maybe…

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  2. 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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  3. Sadje says:

    What a frightening idea.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is! Non-criminals housing often charismatic criminals is a recipe for disaster.

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  4. draliman says:

    I’ll take a couple of the less violent ones if the price is right! Love the guy’s name 🙂

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    That’s a novel way of making the jail service a public company!

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  6. Brilliantly inventive story. I loved the way you painted such a vivid picture of Peabody in his den; I could see him.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you very much, Susan.

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  7. memadtwo says:

    About as good as any other proposal to improve criminal “justice”. (K)

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  8. Dear Lisa,

    I love the Yahtzee cup full of pens and pencils. Not too crazy about the prison reform though. 😉 Imaginative solution (and story), though.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      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.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  9. granonine says:

    From bad to much, much worse. Private citizens being paid to keep criminals in cages in their basements? Hoo boy. Nothing but trouble there.

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  10. plaridel says:

    what a life! but who cares? if he’s enjoying it. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      He might, true, but he has no business making those kinds of decisions. Let him count his beans but leave people out of it…

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  11. 4963andypop says:

    Ouch! That final line stung!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  12. Dale says:

    Loved the descriptions, Lisa. I could picture it all… Not saying I love that type of a sollution, though… Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, thank you so much 🙂

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  13. James McEwan says:

    Yes,it feels as if our lives are being run by accountants without empathy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, James.

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  14. Definitely a creative take on the photo prompt Lisa. Disconcerting yet humourous. I like it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Girl!

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  15. Very unique and entertaining story. Wow, can you imagine … I suppose it’s possible. Things I never thought could happen, do happen. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Brenda, thanks so much. Believe me, even if it never gets implemented, some bean counter will suggest it as a solution at some point!

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  16. Nobbinmaug says:

    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. msjadeli says:

      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.

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      1. Nobbinmaug says:

        Subconsciously, though. He’s imprisoned by the people he imprisoned, so he works to imprison. It’s an endless cycle.

        The Metamorphosis is one of my favorites.

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  17. magarisa says:

    Mr. Peabody’s solution makes numeric sense, but would be a catastrophe in practice! A chilling, thought-provoking tale.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Magarisa thank you, 100% in agreement.

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      1. magarisa says:

        You’re welcome, Li.

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  18. I think that the proof of too many in the prison system don’t work in more ways than one… interesting to take a fiscal approach to the problem

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    1. msjadeli says:

      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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  19. Spookily credible — nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  20. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh now there is a horrible idea. Scary thoughts!

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  21. Delivered in a cold and calculating way. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Fatima!

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  22. Mike says:

    This is a interesting take on the prompt, nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Mike.

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  23. Carol Anne says:

    Great job! NIcely done! ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Carol Anne.

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