For years I've been blaming being tired on lack of sleep, being pressured on the job, middle age, arthritis, tennis elbow, migraine headaches, gout in my big toe, rheumatism, sore muscles, backaches, allergies, iron deficiency, lack of taking vitamins, sinus problems, ingrown toenails, sleep disorders, asthma, bad eyesight, insomnia, ringing ears, obesity, dieting, and working fourteen hours a day. Air pollution, water pollution, being stuck in traffic jams going to and from work daily, road hogs, people driving too slow or too fast. Heat waves, cold fronts, too much rain and snow, not enough rain, telemarketers phone calls, wrong numbers, rude people, barking dogs, noisy neighbors, and dozens of other maladies that makes a person wonder if life is worth living. But now I've discovered the reason I'm so tired, it's that I'm overworked and I can prove it.
The population of this country is 237 million. 104 million are retired and that leaves 133 million to do all the work. There's 85 million people in school and that leaves 48 million to do the work. Out of this there's 29 million employed by the federal government (everybody knows they don't work) and that leaves 19 million to do the work. 2.8 million can't or won't work and that leaves 16.2 million to do the work. Take this from the total of 14,800,000 people who work for the state and the city governments (they don't work either) and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work. There are at least 188,000 people in the hospitals and that leaves 1,212,000 to do the work. There are 1,211,998 people in prison and that only leaves two people to do the work. You and me and there you sit reading this. It's no wonder that I'm so tired.