There I go again, talking about the context
In one context, reader_iam said:
And he hasn’t paid his dues in the Senate, since he basically just stopped by for directions to the Oval Office.
I do rather like that line of Dowd's.
In another context, Paul Westerberg said (The Replacements: All over but the Shouting):
Where is it written? Where is it written that you have to pay your dues before [you make a record]?