The first contractor is from Bangladesh, the second contractor is from China, and the third contractor is from India.
They all go with a White House officer to examine the fence.
The Bangladesh contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works out some figures with a pencil.
“Well”, he says, “I figure the job will cost about $900. That’s $400 for materials, $400 for my team and $100 profit for me.”
The Chinese contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700. That’s $300 for materials, $300 for my team and $100 profit for me.”
The Indian contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$2,700”.
The official, outraged says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”
The Indian contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from China to fix the fence”.
“Done!” replies the White House official.
And that, my friends, is how the U.S. Government operates.
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