Don’t Shutdown Congressional Gyms

Don’t worry about Harry Reid and John Boehner losing muscle definition during the current government shutdown.  From ThinkProgress:

A House aide confirmed to ThinkProgress that the House member’s gym is open. The House gym features a swimming pool, basketball courts, paddleball courts, a sauna, a steam room and flat screen TVs. While towel service is unavailable, taxpayers remain on the hook for cleaning and maintenance, which has been performed daily throughout the shutdown. There are also costs associated with the power required to heat the pools and keep the lights on.

It appears that the members gym in the Senate remains open on similar terms. Yesterday, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) complained to a reporter from the Omaha World-Herald that the members gym was getting “rank.”

Of course, we know that the federal government is only 17% shutdown.  In an anecdotal sense, this is kind of amusing though not at all surprising.  The leftist army at ThinkProgress wants to make this into a huge deal in order to tar and feather Boehner.  Those on that side of the argument are also willing to bar Americans from open-air monuments and the like as a way of bolstering the spectacle.  People are being affected in negative ways, but this is mostly a media manipulation scheme.  On second thought, the media is more of a willing participant than a victim of manipulation.

Hat Tip:  Drudge


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