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The Fence

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.; one from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com[​IMG]New Jersey</st1:State>, another from <st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State> and the third, from <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florida</st1:place></st1:State>. They go with a White House official to examine the fence.

    <FONT face="Times New Roman"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com[​IMG]The <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florida</st1:place></st1:State> 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 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> 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 me."

    The <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Jersey</st1:place></st1:State> contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700"

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

    The <st1:State w:st="on">New Jersey</st1:State> contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> to fix the fence."

    "Done!" replies the government official.

    And that friends, is how it all works!
  2. poacher

    poacher Monkey+++ Founding Member

    amen to that Quig.

    Take care Be safe Poacher.
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    USAID at work?
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