This joke showed up on one of my goat lists again. It's a perennial back-slapper that is supposed to point out how those city-slicker politicians don't understand real ranchers. The joke - in its generic form - goes like this:A few months ago, President [Whoever is in office] received and was reading a report that there were over 100,000 cattle guards* in Colorado . Colorado ranchers had protested his proposed changes in grazing policies, so he ordered the Secretary of the Interior to fire half of the "cattle" guards immediately!
Before the Secretary of the Interior could respond and presumably try to straighten him out, Vice-President, [Fill in with Whomever], intervened with a request that...
... before any "cattle" guards were fired, they be given six months of retraining.
And these guys are running our country!
For those of you who have never traveled to the west, or southwest, cattle guards are horizontal steel rails placed at fence openings, in dug-out places in the roads adjacent to highways (sometimes across highways), to prevent cattle from crossing over that area. For some reason the cattle will not step on the "guards," probably because they fear getting their feet caught between the rails.
ETA: Alright already. It's a JOKE.
Go visit http://www.snopes.com/politics/humor/cattleguards.asp
if you want to know the history of said joke. (No, I'm not unscreening that comment.)