23 March 2005
Meanwhile on G Street
"We're hosed," said the Second Under-Assistant Deputy Secretary to the Sub-Director for Procurement. "Who knew it would cost so much?"
"Just mention 9/11. That usually shuts them up."
"Not this time, boss. The whole budget has gone to hell. We can't just say 'Hey, we're doing homeland security here,' and expect them to approve all our expenditures."
"No, we can't."
An uncomfortable pause.
"Can we "
"Don't even think it."
"Can we cut payments to our contractors?"
"We could, I suppose. But how are they going to cut their expenses?"
"I'm sure they'll think of something."