Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Senate Admits Defeat

This is one of the most significant stories to come out of Washington in a long time:

Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money -- more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.

The financial condition of the world's most exclusive dining hall and its affiliated Capitol Hill restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops has become so dire that, without a $250,000 subsidy from taxpayers, the Senate won't make payroll next month.

Our leaders can't even run their food service efficiently and yet still they persist in claiming that they can fix what ails the economy. Maybe admitting defeat in this simple task will convince them to forego any attempts to address other, more complex concerns.

The House privatized their food operation and the contractor makes a profit while the Senate operation, run by the government, requires constant subsidies. Maybe we should privatize more government functions.

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