Who Will Fix the Fence? How Washington Works.

by Steve Ray on November 12, 2008

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.; one from New Jersey , another from Tennessee and the third, from 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 Jersey 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 New Jersey 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!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Nourse November 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM

That is hilarious!

Mrs. Tim Hall November 12, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Sad but true.
I’m putting this on my blog… hope it’s okay. :)

Jer November 12, 2008 at 11:08 PM

LOL So sad, but it’s funny. And probably some truth to it.

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