Friday, March 23, 2012


Looking for a good job?  You might try applying for a job at the US Senate barbershop.

(The New American) -- reports that a shave and a haircut at the U.S. Senate barbershop costs "more than double what barbers in some parts of the country charge.  Despite these high prices, the shop, which is supposed to be self-sustaining, ended up $300,000 in the hole last year and got its own taxpayer bailout." 

The article notes that the shop's employees are unionized federal workers, with "benefits and wages are higher than those of many jobs." Comparing the government-owned Senate barbershop with a privately owned barbershop just three blocks away, the story notes that the private barbershop's four stylists made $22,000 to $30,000 last year with no benefits, while the Senate barbershop's "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."