In an effort to relate to the economic struggles of their fellow countrymen, Mexican lawmakers are subjecting themselves to a bit of belt-tightening of their own.
In a slightly less-than-heroic gesture, Mexico's Senate last week decided to slash lawmakers salaries by $7 a month, plus suspend their wine and snack service.
Here’s a list of $7 items that lawmakers might have to do without in these trying times of government austerity:
The Senate's vermin problem could get a lot worse.
Sitting through long-winded, platitudinous speeches by lawmakers is about to get a lot harder.
They'll just have to hold it.
This was the cheapest and easiest way for senators to look studious and affect a seriousness of purpose. Then again, there's no prescription strong enough to adjust for the type of myopia found in the Mexican Senate.
Scratch that. They weren't going to read this thing anyway.
Priced at $7 a tube, pleasure lube might be tough to squeeze into the budget.