A little political. Grow a skin!!

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 Minnesota .

All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota 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 al so does some measuring and figuring, then says, ?I can do this job for $700: $300 for materi al s, $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 friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.