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Senate votes to privatize its failing restaurant

By See-Dubya  •  June 9, 2008 10:01 PM

I think Dianne Feinstein is definitely the less insane of my state’s Senators. She’s actually seeing a government-run program that’s losing money hand over fist (and has been for years–this isn’t just a Democrat thing, it’s a government thing) and releasing it into the private sector:

“It’s cratering,” she said of the restaurant system. “Candidly, I don’t think the taxpayers should be subsidizing something that doesn’t need to be. There are parts of government that can be run like a business and should be run like businesses.”

Of course, ideology quickly came into play, because many of Feinstein’s fellow Dems believe that most of business should be run like a government and should be run by government. Here’s Robert Menendez, determined to keep the Senate restaurant under Senate management and throw good money (YOUR money) after bad to make a point:

“[Y]ou cannot stand on the Senate floor and condemn the privatization of workers, and then turn around and privatize the workers here in the Senate and leave them out on their own.”

Not without the bloggers noticing, nope. And here’s Sherrod Brown lamenting the blow to the unions:

“I know what happens with privatization. Workers lose jobs, and the next generation of workers make less in wages. These are some of the lowest-paid workers in our country, and I want to help them,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a staunch labor union ally, said recently. The wages of the approximately 100 Senate food service workers average $37,000 annually.

Really? Workers make more money under socialized systems? Okay, quick, let’s nationalize health care then. I know some doctors who can barely afford their green fees these days. I’m sure they’ll prosper under socialized medicine! Just ask them.

And don’t forget the oil execs! Maxine Waters wants to rescue those poor impoverished petro-barons from their plight as well.

Flashback: Nancy Pelosi re-organized the House cafeterias to serve shade-grown tofu and free-trade arugula and hippie food. The right wing blogosphere gave her a lot of crap for it at the time, but in retrospect it looks like a shrewd bit of marketing. With the Democrats in the majority, they needed to feed their new crop of runty meat-is-murder vegan-sushi Capitol staffers that the Dems were bringing in. According to the WaPo article above, the Senate staffers are foraging over on the House side.

When the GOP gets their act together and takes over again, it’ll be all-you-can-eat prime rib, with Freedom Fries and deep-fried chili cheese logs on the side. And Blue Bell ice cream for dessert.


{Post by See-Dubya. Hat tip to my mom.}

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