The Washington Way Three contractorsare bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.. Onefrom Tennesee, another from Indiana and the third, Florida. They go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Florida contractor takesout a tape measure and does some Measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "Ifigure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Tennesee 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 forme." The Indiana 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 Indiana contractor whispers back, "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennesee fix the fence." "Done!" Replies the government official.