Barney & Timothy bought a mule from a local livestock dealer. The livestock dealer promised to deliver the mule the next day.
The next afternoon, the livestock dealer drove up and said, "Sorry, boys, but I have some bad news. The mule died."
Barney & Timothy replied, "Well, then, just give us our money back."
The livestock dealer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."
Barney & Timothy told him, "Well, OK then. Just unload the mule."
The livestock dealer queried, "What ya gonna do with a dead mule?"
Barney & Timothy calmly replied, "We're gonna raffle him off."
"You can't raffle off a dead mule!" said the shocked livestock dealer.
"Sure can," the boys snorted. "We just won't tell anybody he's dead."
Two weeks later all three meet up in town.
Right out of the gate, the livestock dealer wanted to know whatever happened with that dead mule?
Barney & Timothy told him, "We raffled him off, just like we said we would. Sold 500 tickets at $2 each!"
The Livestock dealer was stunned. "Didn't anyone complain?!"
"Just the guy who won," the boys stated with sly grins. "So we gave him his two dollars back."
Barney & Timothy now work for the federal gub'mint. They're overseeing the bailout program.
The livestock dealer is running for congress.