Having just posted a rant about Republicans and their view of how the economy should be run, I ran across this joke sent by a friend. It's a twist on a joke I've seen before, and you can't argue with the fact that there are some criminals in our government, but do note that the original criminal act in this little story comes from the private sector. Seems to reinforce my point.
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.; One from Massachusetts one from Tennessee and a third from Kentucky . They all go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The Tennessee 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 Kentucky 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 Massachusetts contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, '$2,700.'
The official, incredulous, whispers back, 'You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?'
The Massachusetts contractor whispers back, '$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire that guy from Kentucky to fix the fence.'
'Done!' replies the government official.
And that my friends, is how it all works ! ! !