Government Stimulus

This is how it works folks

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, $400for my crew and $100 profit for me.” 

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

The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure but leans over to theWhite 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 Chicago contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and wehire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.” 

“Done!” replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how a stimulus plan works.
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