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Offline Cincinnatus

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The secret to government contracting
« on: June 01, 2013, 12:49:27 AM »
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 Montana.  All three go with a White House official to  examine the fence.

The Montana 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.  That's $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.  That's $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 Tennessee to fix the fence."

"Done!" replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the Government works.
We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid ~~ Samuel Adams

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