Subject: Contractors and the Government

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C., one from New York, another from Tennessee and the third, Florida. They go with a White House official to examine the fence. 

The Florida 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 me.' 

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

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

The New York 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. 

And that friends, is how it all works!!!




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