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#1 Jan 10, 2013
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House.

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

The New Jersey 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 Alabama contractor also does some measuring and figuring, and then says, "I can do this job for $700.

$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 Alabama to fix the fence."

"Done!" replies the government official. And that, my friends, is how the stimulus plan works!

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