Skip to comments.Taxpayers fleeced in bailout of Senate barbershop ‘institution’
Posted on 02/13/2012 1:12:40 PM PST by HenryArmitage
Americas most distinguished leaders get their hair cut at the Senate barbershop, but taxpayers are the ones really getting clipped.
The barbershop ran almost $300,000 in the red last year but received an infusion from Senate coffers that is keeping it in business, the Senate sergeant at arms, Terrance Gainer, told The Daily.
A federal bailout isnt that unusual since the economic downturn, but some senators didnt even know their salon was in hot water and dont think it should be, considering what they pay for a little off the ears.
A shampoo, cut and blow dry is $27 and highlights are $105, according to the barbershops website. A trim costs $20, more than double what Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., gets charged when he goes to his barber back home.
I give him $12 with a tip, Leahy said.
When Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., learned about the shortfall, he said, It did? It shouldnt. It should pay for itself.
A Senate barbershop subsidized by the government is a sore point with GOP members, too.
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We’re the ones who are really getting clipped.
If congress could only find some ways to
cut spending, anything - anything at all.
I think these numbers are well within reason considering whom we’re dealing with here.
The shoeshine guy probably gets $200 per shine and can’t make it either.
Still, I'm betting that there is far more to this story than meets the eye. If the Senate barbershop is running this size of a deficit for these types of prices, I'm betting that there is far more than traditional barbershop services being provided.
There are thousands and thousands of barbershops on Main Streets all over America. Some have been there for more than half a century. Obviously all are profitable or they would not be there.
Only Government could f***-up this model.
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