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Trimming Taxpayers: $300,000 a Year to Subsidize Senators’ Haircuts

Written by Gary North on April 24, 2012

The U.S. Senate has its own barbershop. It charges $20 a haircut. It cuts the hair of anyone who wants a haircut, but Senators get in line first. This costs the taxpayers $300,000 a year.

When I was on Ron Paul’s staff, I used to get my haircut in the House barber shop. It cost $2. That was in 1976. Today, that would be the equivalent of $8. It was a better deal back then. I suppose the subsidy was greater.

Why not charge whatever it costs to break even? Because that would mean higher haircut prices. Or it might mean a larger advertising budget. Or . . . unthinkable — it might mean hiring non-union barbers.

A private barber shop three blocks from the Senate office buildings can be used for comparison. It is called the Capitol Barber.

Capitol’s four barbers and stylists made $22,000 to $30,000 last year with no benefits, manager Lynn Dang said. At the Senate barbershop, formally called Senate Hair Care Services, the top four barbers and stylists made more than twice that — $54,761; $70,349; $73,658; and $81,641 — plus they have a generous 401(k) plan, health care and paid vacation.

Why should taxpayers subsidize haircuts? Because that’s part of the deal. Politicians like perks.

The Senate could privatize the barber shop. But that is unlikely. Republicans and Democrats alike agree: it’s better to trim taxpayers.

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6 thoughts on “Trimming Taxpayers: $300,000 a Year to Subsidize Senators’ Haircuts

  1. sean murry says:

    Tell them to pay for thier hair cuts we tax payers are getting tired of handouts.

  2. Donna Johnson says:

    What have the Senators been doing to earn their salaries? How many Bills passed by the House are sitting on Sen. Reid’s desk gathering dust? At least they could pay for their own haircuts!

  3. soldiermom11 says:

    Why do those barbers make so much money? Do they have top secret clearances? Do they advice Members of the House on policy? Are they union jobs? If so, that explains it. Big thug hands in the pockets of the little guys.

  4. Do they also have a subsidized message parlor. Come on, Senators. I KNOW YOU DON'T MAKE A LOT OF MONEY, ,RIGHTT????? Pay for your own haircuts, geeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzz.

  5. Just more government wasted. We pay them a good salary so why should we paying anything for their hair cuts, especially the Senate which hasn't done their job like pass a budget in over 3 years and how many house bills have been sent to them that they are not even voting on. I would like to know how Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Barbara Boxer and so many others keep getting voted in. I could go on and on with this list, but those were right at the top of my head. And and we don't want to leave out Maxine Waters. Did you notice most are from California. What else do I need sto say

  6. jim28threg. says:

    There is no end to the greed from those lieing parasites.