Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money -- more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.
The financial condition of the world's most exclusive dining hall and its affiliated Capitol Hill restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops has become so dire that, without a $250,000 subsidy from taxpayers, the Senate won't make payroll next month.
It's utterly ridiculous that the Senate would be in the restaurant business in the first place. But doesn't anyone consider that one source of the government's incompetence is that we ask it do be all things to all people? Of course it's going to fail.
Senate-run restaurants are just another reason to repeal the 17th Amendment and restore some sanity to the federal government.
Hat tip: Stop the ACLU