Hail to the House

October 08, 1991

For those voters who have been perplexed by the complexities of deficit spending and the slick rhetoric of budget balancing, the members of the House have offered a stunningly simple, albeit unintentional, explanation.

Last week the public learned that members of the esteemed lawmaking body had left more than $300,000 in unpaid tabs at the chamber's cafeteria and had written -- and bounced -- more than 8,300 checks at the House bank.

With federal legislators unable to keep their own finances in order -- writing bad checks and neglecting to pay the bills -- it's no wonder there is no fiscal discipline in Washington and that the nation is swamped in red ink.

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