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 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. 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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