He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump’s first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the “war on coal,” expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a “beautiful Southern border wall,” fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, come up with a plan to stop ISIS, get rid of “gun-free zones,” “start taking care of our … military,” withdraw from the TPP trade agreement, cut regulations and designate China a currency manipulator.
But they all vote.
Don’t get me wrong, I am sure there are plenty of good, hardworking folks at the EPA and FDA and USDA and in all the other agencies that we know and love. In fact I know there are. I’ve known a few. (They are the ones who told me what was really going on.) But I have also known government workers who were happily disengaged. The big goal is getting to retirement so that they can get their check(s) for the rest of their lives without the commute.
War can be excellent business. It is also often hell. So that leaves us in a weird place.
This article needs to be read, particularly by people who are not familiar with Washington DC, our wealthiest American metropolitan area by far. That’s right, not New York, not San Francisco, Washington.
It didn’t used to be this rich. It didn’t use to be this rich not that long ago. And as you know dear readers we have nothing against people being rich.
I just came back from DC and I saw quite a few Uber and Lyft vehicles. More than even a couple of months ago.
2 days ago we reported that Washington DC went on a parking ticket writing spree during the recent blizzard. The city took the storm as an opportunity to generate cash, over $1 million in fines. We argued that maybe instead of going nuts on the ticket writing front the District should have instead been more lenient if anything during a time when parking was severely restricted due to the piles and piles of snow.
We apparently weren’t the only ones who thought this and as such the city has voided many of the snow storm parking tickets.
Now this is DC for you. A blizzard hits. There’s no parking because snow is piled up everywhere. But instead of being a little lenient on the parking violations as would be warranted by any decent municipality, Washington has instead found the snow clogged streets a revenue making opportunity. How people live in the city from day to day I do not know.
This is a theme on which we have long focused. The wealthiest area of the United States by far is the Washington DC metro area.
There are pockets which are wealthier, Greenwich Connecticut, much of Manhattan, parts of San Francisco, but these are pockets. DC is a vast empire of 1% wealth. County after county. Mcmasion after mcmansion. Wealth is largely taken from the rest of the United States, is aggregated in the hands of unfireable federal employees (average total compensation is $120K+) and to an even larger extent (the money’s larger) into the hands of the vast crony class which dominates defense,
As we’ve discussed many times Washington DC metro is by far the wealthiest metro area in the United States. There are pockets which are wealthier, parts of Manhattan, parts of San Francisco, but overall Washington has the most wealth and the broadest wealth. This is because over the last 20 years the cronies at various levels have amassed more of the country’s dough in the leafy suburbs of Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. It is a land of government employees (who average total compensation of over $120,000 per year),
How do you know when a country’s economic and political system is really really messed up? It’s when the government employees, people who are literally paid by taxpayers, the productive sector, make 78% more than those in the private sector. Some will think that this must be a joke or an exaggeration but sadly it is not. I have spent most of my adult life in and around the suburbs of DC and this is absolutely true. And all (I am sure there must be an exception here and there to be fair) of these folks vote for more government and higher taxes.
Let’s licence everything! Breathing. Eating. Teaching someone how best to maximize a workout. There is no place the regulators should not be. We must be kept safe! Please government and cronies, please, please keep us safe – from ourselves! And if you can enrich yourself while keeping me safe from myself that would be even better!
You want to know how to solve the traffic problem in this country? You really want to know. Some of you guys aren’t going to like it because it doesn’t involve light rail or carpooling. (Not bad things in and of themselves.)
We need to increasingly privatize roads. (And really privatize. No public/private “partnerships.”)
“Anyone here actually HAVE Obamacare? Nope! Ha ha ha!”
Seems pretty darn reasonable to me. They’ll love it.
It’s time to get creative.