Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm From the Government
and I'm Here to Help You

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, eh: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me, eh."

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

The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700."

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn¹t 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 fence."

"Done!" replies the government official.

(Taken from Wicked Thoughts.)

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