Monday, February 25, 2008
Three contractors. . . . . .one from Pakistan, another from China and the third from England are bidding to repair the White House fence.
They go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The English contractor takes out a tape measure and does somemeasuring, then works on some figures with a pencil.
"Well," he says,"I figure the job will cost $ 900- $ 400 for materials, $ 400 for labourand $ 100 profit for me."
The Chineese contractor also does some measuring and figuring, thensays, "I can do this job for $ 700 . . . .$ 300 for materials, $300 for mycrew and $ 100 profit for me."
The Pakistani contractor doesn't measure or do any figuring, but leansover to the White House official and whispers: " $ 2,700.
"The official incredulously says, "You didn't even measure lik theother guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"
"Easy," the Pakistani explains, "$ 1,000 for you, $ 1,000 for me and we hire the guy from China to do the work!"