A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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“The government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently” (joke)

On the American political satire mockumentary television sitcom Parks and Recreation, the episode “Correspondents’ Lunch” (Season 5, Episode 15) that originally aired on February 21, 2013, the character Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman) says:
 
“I have a joke for you. (“OK” is heard.—ed.) The government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently.”
 
“That’s not really a joke,” is the response. Ron Swanson answers with, “I disagree. I find it hilarious.”
 
The “joke” became popular on libertarian and anarchist websites.
 
     
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“Correspondents’ Lunch” is the fifteenth episode in the fifth season of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation. It originally aired on February 21, 2013 to 2.95 million viewers.
     
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Anthony Roman
@NoItsRoman
The government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently. #ParksAndRec
9:03 PM · Feb 21, 2013
 
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Mark P.
@map408psu
“I’ve got a joke: The government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently.” #ParksAndRec
9:03 PM · Feb 21, 2013
 
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@end_logic
I have a joke for you: the government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently #parksandrec
9:03 PM · Feb 21, 2013
   
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Jason Paul
@mynameisjosan
“I have a joke for you. The government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently.” #ParksandRec
9:04 PM · Feb 21, 2013
 
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Jay Jennings
@skubalon
“The govt in this town is excellent & uses your tax dollars efficiently.” -Ron Swanson humor at it’s best.
9:04 PM · Feb 21, 2013
   
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Victoria ☀️Cole
@Victoriaa_Colee
” I have a joke for you- the government is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently” #parksandrec #ronswanson
6:56 PM · Dec 8, 2013
 
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Ron Swanson
@Sir_Ron_Swanson
I have a joke for you…
The government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently.
5:13 PM · Jul 21, 2014
   
Reddit—Libertarian
burtmaklin1—April 1, 2017
The government in this town is excellent and uses your tax dollars efficiently
 
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From Season 5, Episode 15 “Correspondent’s Lunch” - Leslie’s speech for a media event goes missing; Ben starts his new job; Ann asks someone an important question.
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Transcript
0:51 slack I have a job for you ok the
0:54 government in this town is excellent and
0:56 uses your tax dollars efficiently that’s
1:01 not really a joke I disagree I find it
1:04 hilarious
 
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I have a joke! | Ron Swanson cracking himself up
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Jan 23, 2021
If you’ve never seen it, you’re missing out. Parks and Rec, the mockumentary that along with The Office, started a new Genre of film-production. This is a clip of the show and is copyrighted material not owned by this channel.
 
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One of the best jokes in television history
(A video is shown.—ed.)
6:10 AM · Apr 13, 2024

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