The White House Fence

Image used under a Collective Commons License from: https://www.goodfreephotos.com/united-states/washington-dc/white-house-far-view-washington-dc.jpg.phpThree contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in Washington D.C.

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.


Image used under a Collective Commons License from: https://www.goodfreephotos.com/united-states/washington-dc/white-house-far-view-washington-dc.jpg.php

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