Steve Hadley is a bartender at a popular Capitol Hill bar called Sonoma. He is also a bit of a jerk, with twisted ideas about the government shutdown.
He has instituted a special pricing schedule for the duration of the shutdown.
He says that if a furloughed government worker comes in he will sell him a beer for $2 — which is admirable. It’s not their fault and they are not getting paid while the shutdown continues. Even though they will probably be paid retroactively when the shutdown ends, it has to make it tough on them to get by in the meantime.
Next on the price list are members of Congress, and this is where his pricing begins to look a little sketchy. He says they are still being paid plenty so for them the price will be $25, though one might expect that at least for the TEApublican Congressmen who are the architects of the whole thing, it would be reasonable to charge quite a bit more.
His last price is where he goes completely off the rails. The set price should the President come in and want a cold one is $702.
The logic here is that this price will cover Hadley’s penalty when he refuses to purchase health insurance — plus $2. So rather than purchase a reasonably priced health care policy, Hadley is willing risk the health of himself and his family, should a catastrophic injury push the cost of his bills that he can’t afford to pay onto the rest of us. Looks like we have a winner for Tea Party jerk-of-the-week.