Family Research Council

Defense of the Senate Barbershop Neither Here Nor Hair


By Tony Perkins
March 21, 2013

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The Senate barbershop's had a lot of close shaves--but none closer than it's encounter with the congressional budget. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Congress hasn't exactly gone through the budget with a fine-toothed comb, but at the Senate barbershop, it may be government dollars that get a trim. In the last 15 years, taxpayers have spent more than five million dollars paying barbers to cut our politicians' hair! The service itself isn't free, but thanks to taxpayers, it's significantly cheaper than other establishments. Conservatives like Rick Santorum tried to take on the barber shop in the past and give it a real cut from the government budget--but unfortunately, most members thought it was too convenient to give up. Well, tough times call for even tougher choices. Fortunately for Congress, the shop isn't closing--it's just privatizing. That means it'll still be there for leaders--it just won't be a taxpayer drain. As far spending is concerned, more programs should take that approach: hair today, gone tomorrow!

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