Government Contracts. How It’s Done In America. Political Humor.

Preface: The following is a joke I received in an e-mail from a friend of mine. It is being posted for humorous purposes only, i.e., political humor. It is not intended to be political commentary in any way, shape, or form.

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

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

The Montana 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. That’s $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. That’s $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

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 the 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 friend, is how it works.

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About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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11 Responses to Government Contracts. How It’s Done In America. Political Humor.

  1. Chris says:

    unfortunately the humor is in the truth.

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  2. cw martin says:

    LOL! I wish I’d have had that when I was still doing the wastebook posts.

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  3. SL Schildan says:

    Very funny. It does have a loud smack of truth.

    I clicked in here because of your reply to TalinO’s being used and tossed aside. Good for you, well done. I can very much relate to your experiences. I quit being the doormat (mostly) and now I have real friends and family. 😉

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  4. Having been born and raised in Chicago mi Amigo, I resent bitterly the idea that the Chicago contractor would be looking for $1000 in a contract situation like this. He would instead offer the official $500 for his help, and settle with him for $750 after protracted negotiations, keeping $1250 for himself.

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  5. As Quint from “Jaws” said, “Front, bow. Back, stern. If ya don’t get it right, squirt, I throw your ass out the little round window on the side.”

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