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Hair-Raising Debt

February 27, 2013
Times Leader

DO YOU want a free haircut by a professional?

One solution would be to be elected to the U.S. Senate or become a member of a senator's staff.

According to a story by Lynn Hulsey of the Dayton Daily News, "Since 1997, the Senate Hair Care shop consistently has run annual deficits of about $340,000, a taxpayer subsidy that keeps growing."

Of course, that's only one of the perks for the senators, who earn $174,000 salaries. Not only do they receive health-care and pension benefits, but funds from the taxpayers pay for their world travel and production of self-promoting newsletters and professionally recorded audio and video presentations.

Hulsey wasn't splitting hairs when reporting that the Senate Hair Care barbershop/salon had a $401,000 deficit as it provided $20 cuts to senators, staff members and the public.

With all the other deficits facing Congress, one would think they could eliminate this one by paying for their own haircuts.

It's important to look neat when on the job, but the senators and their staff members are getting enough freebies without compounding the problem.

They don't pay for haircuts while some minimum wage individuals or part-time workers throughout the nation must fork over their hard-earned cash for a decent haircut.

IT WOULD be ridiculous to think that eliminating the barbershop deficit would go far in doing away with the deficits being faced on other fronts, but it would be a step in the right direction and also would be symbolic of good intent.

While getting free haircuts, they're considering trillions of dollars in across-the-board cuts in defense and domestic programs over a 10-year period. Entitlement programs serving the elderly and the poor are being affected.

The national deficit itself is hair-raising. It would have made the hair of the nation's forefathers stand on end.

Hulsey's article points out that not all senators take advantage of being shorn for free.

The amount of the yearly deficits, however, indicate that not many are passing up that opportunity in addition to their other perks.

IT'S enough to make the taxpayers' hair stand on end.

 
 

 

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