In an article entitled Washington, DC, The Land of the Well Educated Rent Seeker, I say that Washington, DC reminds me a lot of the gleaming capital in The Hunger Games movie.
Washington prospers (and boy does it ever), thanks to the steady flow of tax dollars from the hinterlands. Inside the Beltway there is no recession. Inside the Beltway there is little real fear for the future. The money keeps flowing, or increasingly is just printed, while the rest of the country limps along through the worst economic downturn in 3 generations.
The Halls of Washington are shiny and neat. The people well fed and educated. Like I said, there is no recession here.
I am not the only one to have noticed the similarity between current America and the country depicted in The Hunger Games. Glenn Reynolds makes a similar observation in Tuesday’s USAToday.
(From The USAToday)
You know the story: While the provinces starve, the Capital City lives it up, its wheeler-dealer bigshots growing fat on the tribute extracted from the rest of the country.
We don’t live in The Hunger Games yet, but I’m not the first to notice that Washington, D.C., is doing a lot better than the rest of the country. Even in upscale parts of L.A. or New York, you see boarded up storefronts and other signs that the economy isn’t what it used to be. But not so much in the Washington area, where housing prices are going up, fancy restaurants advertise $92 Wagyu steaks, and the Tyson’s Corner mall outshines — as I can attest from firsthand experience — even Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Drive.