One is from Cabramatta, another is from Marrickville, and the third is from Lane Cove.
All three go with an official to examine the fence.
The Cabramatta 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. That’s $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”
The Marrickville contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700. That’s $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”
The Lane Cove contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the government 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 Lane Cove contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Marrickville to fix the fence.”
“Done!” replies the government official.
And that, my fellow tax payers, is how a Government Stimulus plan works.