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Senate Votes To Privatize Its Failing Restaurants

GLENN: Try this on, from the Washington Post. Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants wait a minute. The U.S. Senate's network of restaurants? They have a network of restaurants? Is this like a chain? Is this like the Senate's Chili's? The network of restaurants has lost a staggering amount of money. Since 1993 the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost more than $18 million, and an estimated $2 million this year alone. We're only six months into the year. They've lost $2 million, in their chain of restaurants. I didn't even know they had one. Why do they have a chain of restaurants? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

The financial condition of the world's most exclusive dining hall why do they have the world's most exclusive dining hall? The Senate won't make its payroll next month. Who do you have working at these coffee shops? Your payroll's $250,000 for the month? The embarrassment of the Senate food service. 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 control of a contractor and all but guarantee lower wages and benefits for the outfit's new hires. Oh, no! The House is expected to agree its food service operation has been in private since the 1980s and the President's signature on the bill would officially end four decades of taxpayer, for their lunch! You have got to be kidding me.

Dianne Feinstein, she says it's catering. 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, that should be run like a business. There are parts of government that can be run like a business? Excuse me? All government should be run like a business. What party tell me I'm saying this seriously. I want to hear right now what part should Stu, what part of government should not be run as a business? Help me out. Come on. Go. Go ahead. Just one. Just one. All I want is one part that shouldn't be run like a business.

STU: I don't know.

GLENN: Give me one. Give me one.

STU: Potentially the

GLENN: Yeah. Here's one, the treasury. You don't want to run that like a business. You want to pay 5 cents to make a penny. That's what it costs, 5 cents to make a penny. Why are we making pennies? Maybe we should go back to wooden, wooden pennies, wooden nickels, what do you say? Do you know how much money someone like you could do you know how much money you could save? You could go in, you, me, Stu, anybody, your grandmother could go into Washington and save so much money. That's all you'd hear. You need lights? All right, we'll leave the lights on. I don't know if we should. I don't know if we even should leave the lights on in Washington. Stu, I have never seen hello and welcome back to the program. I have never seen a story, I don't think. We have to send this out. Dan, in the newsletter today can we send out the Senate votes to privatize its failing restaurants?

DAN: Absolutely. I already have it sitting here. It's unbelievable.

GLENN: I've never seen a story like this, never. I didn't know that they had a network of restaurants. I didn't know that they had been losing $18 million since 1993. I didn't know that they were losing $2 million this year alone.

DAN: I love the fact that, like, when you look at this again, think of people. This is a chain of restaurants. Think of people running an entire country of healthcare. Think of how good of a job they would do at that. And then look at, like and you want to talk about because we always talk about how, you know, innovation and everything else comes from private companies. Look at my favorite line in there is that in 10 years they only came up with 20 new menu items. Can you imagine a normal restaurant only adding two new menu over an entire series of restaurants, from coffeehouses to upscale dining to normal lunch places, all of these places, they only came up with two new ones a year. A year! What would they do for medicine? We would have leeches all over us every time.

GLENN: Oh, we would have leeches and baby aspirin. You go in and your head's split open and they would be like, "We have some bayer baby aspirin. Do you want that?" I don't, thank that's going to work. Flintstone chewable? Well, not actually Flintstones. They are just really cheap aspirins that didn't come out right in the aspirin factory. So they are kind of shaped oddly. We just tell people that they're flint stone chewables. They are not actually even chewable but chew them because we can't afford the water.

STU: It's like a bucket of pills, you know?

GLENN: Just try this one. What's your favorite color? "I kind of like blue." "Good, try this one, it's a blue pill." I think I know what those blue pills do. "No, you don't. The rest of the world has those blue pills. We can't afford those blue pills. That doesn't work."

I love reading the rest of this story. Past 10 years only 20 new items have been to the Senate menus. Even revenue in the once profitable indicator for example division has been decimated. When Democrats took power last year, Feinstein ordered several studies. Why do you need several? How about one study? "Yeah, Senator, your cafeteria sucks, blows chunks." "Well, I think I need another study on that one." "Yeah, Senator just did another study. Whew, whew, whew, really still sucks, really very, very suck a licious is what one customer said. She ordered several studies including a hiring consultant to examine management practices before deciding that privatization was the only possibility. You know she wept. That's why there were several studies. "Oh, you need to privatize this whole thing." Next! "Yeah, you need to privatize this thing." Next!

In a closed door meeting with Democrats in November, she practically she was practically heckled by her peers for suggesting privatization. Listen to that. That's how much they hate the capitalist system. Heckled by her peers for saying we shouldn't be in the restaurant business. Our founding fathers would have taken out their flintlocks. What the heck do you mean you're in the restaurant business? Quoting: I know what happens with privatization. This is from Sherrod Brown, Democrat from Ohio. What happens with privatization, Sherrod? "I know what happens with privatization." It becomes profitable? It actually is better? It's a more enjoyable experience? I know what happens with privatization. Workers lose jobs. They lose jobs. 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.

By the way, the wages of the approximately 100 Senate food service workers average $37,000 annually. They are working in a coffee shop making $37,000 annually. That's pretty sweet. Oh, and you have federal benefits, too. So that doesn't suck. In the final days of negotiations, Feinstein rolled her eyes and took a deep breath before explaining the ordeal that the Senate restaurant has become for her. "It's clearly not the sort of thing that I ran for the Senate to do, but someone has to do it. I know none of us want to privatize the restaurants," even though by one estimate Restaurants Associates, a private restaurateur would turn a large profit within three years and would begin paying the government not only in taxes but in commissions to the Senate, they would pay the Senate $800,000 a year, and Democrats scoff and heckle. That's fantastic. Oh, I can't wait until they have total control. Won't it be great? We can all eat like bums. We can all be really, really frustrated. Oh.

Oh, by the way, here's one other completely unrelated story. There's a new study out. 1/4 of New York City residents have herpes. According to the study, 26% of city residents have the virus that causes genital herpes, an incurable sexually transmitted infection that could cause painful genital sores and could double a person's risk for HIV. The study showed that the rate is higher among women than men, 36 compared to 19%. It was higher among blacks than whites, 49% versus 14%. What does the city say we should do? Give out more condoms. They have been giving out you go on the subways in New York, they will hand you condoms. You're like, no I mean, I'm just riding to work. I didn't have any romantic stuff planned here on this particular train, but thanks.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.