What is it about Protectionist Trade Policy and $400 Haircuts?

What is it with economic protectionism and $400 dollar haircuts? It seems the greater the influence of tariff touting unions with US Presidential candidates, the more likely they are to spend more than the typical worker in China or India makes in a month (or even a year) on their hair style. The latest well coiffed Union-back politico to hit the Presidential trail is John Edwards, who according to the Washington Post is "labors' darling". But Edwards does not go to the same $10 barber shop that union members who either knowingly or unknowingly are backing his campaign with required member deductions from their paychecks go to. No, Edwards has much higher standards -- and he's making the Democratic party pay for it (in between supporting legislation designed to hurt free trade and pump up wages for union members).

According to an article this morning in the Chicago Tribune, "The Democrat's campaign committee picked up the tab for two haircuts at $400 each by celebrity stylist Joseph Torrenueva of Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission ... FEC records show Edwards also availed himself of $250 in services from a trendy salon and spa in Dubuque, Iowa, and $225 in services from the Pink Sapphire in Manchester, N.H., which is described on its Web site as 'a unique boutique for the mind, body and face" that caters mostly to women.'" Now, Edwards is not alone in his expensive hair tastes. Hillary has gotten flack in the past for flying around her stylist. And let's not forget "friend of labor" John Kerry, who flew his hair stylist in a private jet to visit him on the campaign trail.

Jason Busch

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