A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when a new 2018 BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”
Bud looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook, connects to his Apple iPhone, and surfs to a NASA page where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location. He then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
Within seconds, he receives an email on his Apple iPad® with the image. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database on his Galaxy S5® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
Finally, he turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.
He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement.
Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”
“You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, says Bud.
“Why that’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess?”
“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars-worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are, and you don’t know sh*t about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.”
“Now give me back my dog.”
AND THEREIN, FOLKS, LIES THE PROBLEM IS.