Get rid of the predators, not the pages
Thanks to Mark Foley's depredations, the entire congressional page program is now in jeopardy. Am I the only one who thinks it's absurd to consider abolishing the entire program because of one congressman's unethical behavior?
Some people have suggested that the pages be replaced with regular employees. I think that would be a big mistake. The page program is an opportunity for young people to watch the process of legislation up close.
Unlike a lot of interns and work experience students, the pages actually get paid pretty well for high school students. Pages earn $18,817 in the House, $20,491 in the Senate. It's important to have paid opportunities available for students whose parents can't afford to underwrite enrichment activities.