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Government Contacts & Contracts August 18, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House.

One is from Chicago, another is from Kentucky, and the third is from New Orleans. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence.

The New Orleans 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 $9,000. That’s $4,000 for materials, $4,000 for my crew and $1,000 profit for me.”

The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $7,000. That’s $3,000 for materials, $3,000 for my crew and $1,000 profit for me.”

The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$27,000.”

The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure! How did you come up with such a high figure?”

“The Chicago contractor whispers back, “$10,000 for me, $10,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Kentucky to fix the fence.”

“Done!” replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the Government operates.

It ain’t just fences that are broken in D.C.!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)


1. Jill Weatherholt - August 18, 2018

LOL! Good one, Nancy! Happy Saturday. 🙂

nrhatch - August 18, 2018

Have a fun weekend, Jill!

2. Val Boyko - August 18, 2018

The truth 👀

nrhatch - August 18, 2018

It’s a shame that our representatives no longer represent us (or the U.S.) ~> they’re too busy lining their own pockets.

3. L. Marie - August 18, 2018

Funny, but also sad and very true, Nancy. After being on the grand jury for a while, this definitely happens.

nrhatch - August 18, 2018

I expect that similar machinations caused the collapse of the Roman Empire. Greed is rampant. Altruism is no longer the name of the game. It’s all about self-interest.

And “we the people” are getting the shaft.

4. Kate Crimmins - August 18, 2018

I hate to laugh because I think it’s too close to the truth!

nrhatch - August 18, 2018

I did laugh, but the state of the US is in disarray ~> we are a long way from where we need to be.

5. Rainee - August 18, 2018

Very topical here in West Australia at the moment with three top officials in the Health Department discovered to be up to those sorts of tricks! Free home renovations for guaranteed contracts with the Health Department!

nrhatch - August 18, 2018

Australia, South Africa, here in the states ~ there are tricksters who are proficient at milking the system . . . bilking the rest of us in the process. And many of them are elected officials. ACK!

6. Tippy Gnu - August 18, 2018

But what if the guy from Kentucky is an undercover investigative reporter? He’ll have to demand a cut too, you know.

nrhatch - August 18, 2018

I doubt they’ll clue him in ~ he’ll just think he got the K as low bidder. He’ll take his $1K profit and be none the wiser.

7. Debra - August 19, 2018

That’s as accurate a description and explanation as I’ve ever heard! I think you’ve nailed it. 🙂

nrhatch - August 20, 2018

Nailed it! ~> :mrgreen:

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