March 21, 2008

Jokes of My Father's : Uncannily accurate

I'm currently reading The Shock Doctrine and most of it I already knew, especially the stuff about AshBritt's brill work subcontracting out their work in the Katrina cleanup. It's well worth the read if only to see how far we've gone down the Friedmanite road... and how much backtracking we have yet to do.

In the meantime, I got this from my father...


Three Government Contractors...


Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.; one from New Jersey, another from Tennessee and the third, from Florida. They go with a White House 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 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 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.

It creeps me out when comedy so closely resembles reality. The NJ contractor could easily be Halliburton or Parsons.

Posted by mcblogger at March 21, 2008 11:30 AM

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