Three contractors are bidding to fix a boken fence at the White
> House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the
> third is from Minnesota.
> All three go with a White house official to examine the fence. The
> Minnesota contractor takes out atape 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 thisjob for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for
> crew and $100 profit for m=."
> 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
> 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 new stimulus plan will work.