June 8, 2008

NOW THAT'S A BITTER PILL:

Senate Votes To Privatize Its Failing Restaurants (Paul Kane, 6/09/08, Washington Post)

The embarrassment of the Senate food service struggling like some neighborhood pizza joint has quietly sparked change previously unthinkable for Democrats. Last week, in a late-night voice vote, the Senate agreed to privatize the operation of its food service, a decision that would, for the first time, put it under the control of a contractor and all but guarantee lower wages and benefits for the outfit's new hires.

The House is expected to agree -- its food service operation has been in private hands since the 1980s -- and President Bush's signature on the bill would officially end a seven-month Democratic feud and more than four decades of taxpayer bailouts.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Rules and Administrations Committee, which oversees the operation of the Senate, said she had no choice.

"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."


Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2008 9:02 PM
Comments

Although, thanks to Ted Stevens, the Senate restaurants offer the Alaskan salmonburger (yummy).

Posted by: AC at June 8, 2008 9:15 PM

"There are parts of government that can be run like a business and should be run like businesses."...um...how 'bout, the whole thing?

Posted by: KRS at June 8, 2008 10:57 PM

As we have said before, it all comes down to the vindaloo.

Posted by: ratbert at June 8, 2008 11:09 PM

"The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred."

- Aldous Huxley, from his novel, "Point Counter Point"

Posted by: Randall Voth at June 9, 2008 12:26 AM

Great quote!

Posted by: oj at June 9, 2008 5:55 AM
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