Contractor Special

Three contractors bid to fix a broken fence at the white house. One

is from Chicago, the second is from Louisville, and the

third is from New Orleans. They all go with a white house official to check out the fence.

They take turns figuring

the NOLA 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 Louisville 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 like the

other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?ā€

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, folks, is how government works.

Remember ā€¦ Four boxes keep us free:

The soap box,

The ballot box:

The jury box,

and the cartridge box.

“I love my country … it’s the government I’m afraid of!”

Always remember the immortal words of Ronald Regan, ā€œIā€™m from the government and I am here to help.

If you still think you can trust the government, ask any Indian.