Around the Campfire
IntColor: Maple and Grey
Location: Lower Alabama
August 03, 2013, 06:23:49 pm »
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House.
One is from Chicago, another is from Alabama, 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 Alabama 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 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 Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we
hire the guy from Alabama to fix the fence."
"Done!" replies the government official. And that, my friends, is how the stimulus plan works.
It's not that I'm insensitive, it's probably that I just don't care.
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