bureaucrats are a special breed. they roll in packs, writing policy and sitting in endless meetings dicussing more kafkaesque ways to divert the money supply to thier pet projects, and generally telling other people what to do. cut-backs mostly miss them and they lurk behind voice-mails and key-card security in thier third floor offices.
i suppose it is better to leave them well fed and protected in thier compartments than to have them roving the streets with nothing to do all week....but if, for some reason, they become redundant, here are some suggestions to maintain productivity.
1. fence posts. bureaucrats are rigid and tall standing and would be ideal for the task.
2. sign posts. a broad understanding of highway traffic laws...and all laws for that matter, make bureaucrats ideal for this job.
3. bridge supports. sure, strength and determination are pre-requisites for holding up a bridge.
4. goal posts. cut, nailed and painted white...several bureaucrats could find a second career holding a net in place during a soccer match.
5. i wanted to suggest they would make a good back yard deck, but bureaucrats don`t support anything but thier own agendas, so making them into a flat, rigid surface for people to walk on wouldn`t work.
6. flag pole. yup. flag-flying is a hallmark bureaucrat job.
7. tent poles. occasionally, unless you really wanted to go camping....in which case they would be unavailable until a week tuesday.
8. boat. for the most part, bureaucrats planed flat and glued together would make a fine watercraft, but there would be leaks...so bring a bucket.
9. airplane. that wouldn`t fly.
10. bridge. successfully spanning a gap is what bureaucrats talk about incessantly. rhetoric is one thing, practicality is another. be prepared for collapse under even moderate use.