Being elected to the United States Congress seems like an absolute nightmare. As far as I can tell, Congress is just a collection of America’s slimiest, most ignorant, sycophantic, and petty people tasked with making the nation’s laws. Jon Stewart said it best when he asked, “If “con” is the opposite of pro, then isn’t Congress the opposite of progress?”
Indeed it is, Jon, since nothing ever gets done.
But being a Congressman would have its fair share of perks. Tax deductions, health and life insurance, member’s representational allowance, government pension, free subscription to Hustler Magazine.
Wait what? Congressmen get a free subscription to Hustler Magazine?
Yes it’s true! Since 1983, Larry Flynt has sent a copy of his dirty magazine, packed with dozens porn pictures, adult comics, satirical articles, and more in a manila envelope to each and every member of Congress.
After 31 years of receiving free Hustler magazines in the mail, you’d think someone would have tried to put a stop to it. Following complaints from 264 congressional offices in 1984, the U.S. Postal Service asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the mailings. But that request failed when the court ruled two years later that the delivery of the magazine could not be stopped. The court said:
“Receiving Hustler once each month would not unduly burden a Member of Congress. Members are not forced to read the magazine or other of the mail they receive in volume. We cannot imagine that Congressional offices all lack wastebaskets.”
For Larry Flynt, it was a First Amendment issue. It was his right, as an American, to petition the government by sending them free copies of Hustler every month, and the court agreed. Thirty years later, the congressional subscription count remains the same: 535 (which for those of you who aren’t American, 535 is the entirety of the US Congress. 435 Congressmen and 100 Senators). Sadly, the magazine is not sent to members of the executive branch.
Staffers say that receiving Hustlers in the mail has just become a part of the rountine and that it’s just a way for them to have some fun (not by reading it though). Most of the time, the magazines end up in the trash. Yet another example of government waste. Not only are they wasting our money, they’re also wasting perfectly good porn magazines. As if I needed another reason to hate the government.
To see what awesome porn pictures the government’s been wasting for the last 31 years, please check out Hustler’s Official Sex.com Board.
[h/t: National Journal]