How Government Fixes Things

I had ready a nice long post on the delusions the American people belabor under with respect to New Orleans … and it went away when CBS.com tried to install RealPlayer on my computer, Mozilla shuddered and revolted and my entire online world shut itself off. Begone, auto-install demons! As Jesus says, “Save early and save often!”

No fear, I’ll reproduce the whole thing from memory. Until then, here’s a funny that may be applied to the Corps’ broken floodwalls, FEMA trailers and our famous blue roof tarps.

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, 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, “$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.”

“Done!” replies the government official.

One thought on “How Government Fixes Things

  1. pansypoo says:

    make that the republikkkan way.
    not that all democrat are pure, or republicans bad.the bushevics just make it seem that way.

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