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Rd Tile
01-17-2009, 10:07 AM
Subject: This is the way

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in
DC: One is from New York , another is from Tennessee and the third, is from
Florida . All three 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 York contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over t o 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 York 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 is how government contracting works!

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