Magazine article Insight on the News

The Creation of a Bureaucratic Hell

Magazine article Insight on the News

The Creation of a Bureaucratic Hell

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The following came for the people's way from a friend through cyberspace: God created heaven and the earth. Quickly, He was faced with a class-action lawsuit for failure to file an environmental-impact statement. He was granted a temporary permit for the project but was stymied with the cease-and-desist order for the earthly part. Appearing at the hearing, God was asked why He began His earthly project in the first place. He replied that He just liked to be creative.

Then God said, "Let there be light" and immediately the officials demanded to know how the light would be made. Would there be strip mining? What about thermal pollution?

God explained that the light would come from a huge ball of fire. God was granted provisional permission to make light, assuming that no smoke would result from the ball of fire, that He would obtain a building permit and that, to conserve energy, He would mm the light off half the time. …

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