From: Satinka Istari
Subject: Intelligent Government...
(From the Washington Realtor)
One of the best examples of how ridiculous government
paperwork can be is illustrated in a recent case in
A company president was trying to buy some land in
Louisiana for a plant expansion, and he wanted to
finance this new facility with a government loan.
His lawyer filled out all the necessary forms, including
the abstract - tracing the title to the land back to
1803. The ogernment reviewed his application and the
abstract, and sent back the following reply:
"We received today your letter enclosing application
for your client supported by abstract of title. We
observed, however, that you have not traced the title
previous to 1803, and before final approval it will be
necessary that the title be traced previous to that
year. Yours truly..."
As a result, the lawyer sent the following letter to the
"Gentlemen, your letter regarding title received. I
note you wish title to be claimed back further than I
have done it.
"I was unaware that any educated man failed to know
that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from
France in 1803. The title of the land was acquired by
France by right of conquest from Spain. The land came
into possession of Spain in 1492 by right of discovery
by a Spanish-Portugese sailor named Christopher
Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking
a new route to India by Queen Isabella.
"The good queen, being a pious woman and careful about
title, took the precaution of securing the blessing of
the Pope of Rome upon Columbus' voyage before she sold
her jewels to help him.
"Now, the Pope, as you know, is the emissary of Jesus
Christ, who is the Son of God. And God, it is commonly
accepted, made the world. Therefore, I believe it is
safe to assume that he also made that part of the United
States called Louisiana, and I hope to hell you're
Sometimes you have to get right to the point ;-}