More of Congress Not Living By Rules Forced on Us

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Hill is reporting that 70 percent of our Congressmen’s Washington offices violate OSHA’s workplace safety rules. Of course, if our employers were to be found in violation of OSHA rules we’d have our places of business closed down and the owners prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

But, you see, Congress doesn’t have to abide by the laws everyone else suffers under, now do they?

Of the 541 offices in Congress, 154 were found to be completely in compliance with OSHA standards — those of 64 senators and 90 House lawmakers — leaving 387 offices that had at least one violation. This is a marked increase from 2008, when only 37 offices were found to be in complete accordance, or in 2006, when only seven offices were in compliance.

Sure some of the OSHA violations were minor infractions, to be sure, but the fact that these violations add up to so many is astounding.

Now, I’d also like to point out that OSHA only investigated our representative’s Washington offices. Let’s wonder how much worse the number of violations would be if these congressmen’s home offices back in their home states were investigated. If they don’t much care to observe OSHA regulations in Washington D.C. how much less will they care about the conditions back at home?

The mind boggles at the prospects.

In any case, this is just another example that Congress doesn’t think it has to abide by the rules it forces upon the rest of us in fly over country.
“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
–Samuel Johnson

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,,,,,, Human Events Magazine,, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for

He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

Fair Use: This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. I am making such material available in my efforts to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. I believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research, educational, or satirical purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site/blog for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Copyright Publius Forum 2001