Neal Barton's POV

We're the ones getting a haircut


POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 5:57pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 3:54pm

During the sequester, we have been hearing all the horror stories about having to cut this or that.

One item that has not been cut-- pun intended -- is the U.S. Senate barber shop. Yes, they have one, and you and I pay for it.

It's run a deficit of $350,000 the past five years. That's $5 million.

The best excuse I have heard for why they need this is from an old senator. He says we need to look good and we are so busy we often don't have time to get a haircut. So, we go in there and it takes 20 minutes. If you have to go downtown it takes an hour and a half.

That senator, so in touch with the American people, was the late Arlan Spector.

Who is not busy? I have to take time from my schedule to get a haircut. What world are these people living in?

The BizPac Review reports every U.S. senator is worth about $2.5 millon. Where did that come from?

Well, when I lived in Dallas and worked with many busy people who made some money, they had their own tailors come in for a fit. They paid for it.

I know, for a time, a hair stylist in Dallas would come by and cut your hair in your office. If you're worth that, pay for your own hair cut. Pay full price instead of these lower free subsidized prices.

Does anyone remember the House post office? Same thing needs to happen to this "barber shop."

We, the American people, are taking a haircut on this deal.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can e-mail me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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Their favorite perk is staff who are paid to laugh at their jokes.

I'm sure Louie Gohmert is a frequent customer of the barbershop. Ha ha.

Most Congressmen and Senators are millionaires because they have insider information as to banking legislation and regulations their own committees are considering.

Yes it's call 'insider trading' but that is legal for them and not for us! All because the voted it that way!

They also have their own retirement (vested after just ONE term in office), own gyms and health insurance that we don't have. They have feathered their own nest for many decades!

Yes they are crooks. And we voted them in!

FYI, this past year Congress past a law and Obama signed it making it illegal for Congress and the Senate to engage in insider trading.

NO LINK JP or the title of the law? I am saposed to just take your word for it....HA...HA

Why don't you stop crying and run for office if you want the same perks. While you are posting your comments like you know what your are talking about, why don't you post a like to the law that states 'insider trading' is legal for them and not for us. Give us a link to the law that states that they are vested in their retirement system after just one year. As for health insurance, if your employer does not provide it insurance that both you and them pay for that is because you have voted for it

Republicans are in favor of business and against workers having any benefits so if you have voted for the republicans / t-partiers then you are voting against your own benefits if you are a worker.


Now, Neal, don't be a hater. Never forget, "Some animals are more equal than others."

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