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Food Fight

The Senate has voted to privatize its restaurants, which are famously lousy and have lost millions. Why Republicans failed to do this years ago, we may never know. It appears as though Dianne Feinstein of California has played the role of heroic public servant and pushed for something that makes sense even though many of her Democrat colleagues loathe the idea of letting the private sector run something in place of the government.

When Democrats took power last year, Feinstein ordered several studies, including hiring a consultant to examine management practices, before deciding privatization was the only possibility.

In a closed-door meeting with Democrats in November, she was practically heckled by her peers for suggesting it, senators and aides said. …

Feinstein made another presentation May 7, warning senators that if they did not agree to turn over the operation to a private contractor, prices would be increased 25 percent across the board.

And so the restaurants are privatized. Someone should put Feinstein on whatever Senate committee is in charge of the Post Office.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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