1. Put out of touch, wealthy people in charge. Leave them in charge for a long time so they’ll
have lots of power be more effective.
2. Allocate unlimited funds for arms and war.
3. Allocate unlimited funds for saber-rattling with other countries.
4. Allocate copious funds for relief in other countries.
5. Whenever the budget runs low from steps 2-4, stop paying the hard-working ancillary people in the government and call it a “government shutdown.” Keep paying the wealthy people in charge.
6. Limit and periodically cut funds for education. Give it a fancy name like “sequester” so it sounds serious. Make schools struggle with limited means and then cry incompetence when students do poorly in comparison with those in other countries.
7. When the poorly performing students grow up and are unable to support themselves financially, make them dependent upon government entitlements for their food, income and health care.
8. Whenever the budget runs low, cut the entitlements that you’ve made your citizens dependent upon in step 7.
9. Legalize gambling, tobacco, lottery tickets and marijuana, so the poor citizens who lack education and income will have some way to comfort themselves over their miserable situation, thus ensuring continued poverty, unemployment, obesity, and poor health. Then cut funding for unemployment and health care and decry the rising obesity rates in your country.
10. Repeat these steps annually, while periodically decrying the poor state of the country and the government deficit.
Bonus step: Have the people in charge periodically pass laws that irritate the masses so they will have less time to feel miserable about the state of their country. Things like limiting light bulb wattage and shower head flow and making people take off their shoes in airports work best.
© Huffygirl 2013