Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How politics works

    Three  contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the Capitol Bldg. in Illinois. One from New Jersey , another from Tennessee and the  third, from Florida . They go with a Capitol Blg. 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 Jersey contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the Illinois 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 Jersey 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 friends, is how it all works!


    If hooking up an Iraqi prisoners nuts to a car's battery cables will save just one life, then I have just three things to say; Red is positive, black is negative, and make sure his nuts are wet.
    ~T. B. Bechtel

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