Fixing The Fence

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the
White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee,
and the third is from Minnesota.

All three go with a White House official to examine the
fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and
does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.
"Well," he says, "I figure the job will run
about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100
profit for me."

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and
figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300
for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for

The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but
leans over to the White House official and whispers,

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even
measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a
high figure?"

The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me,
$1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the

"Done!" replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will

By Carlin Comm posted on 2009-02-25 00:43:49