DC, The Imperial City, The Crony Capital

The crony capital shines on the Potomac these days. Freshly minted Tesla Ss ferry well heeled lobbyists across the 14th Street Bridge and through the canyons of K Street. Great restaurants abound. Suited politicos stroll down the sidewalks at lunch. Above, cranes build new shiny office buildings. One can feel the wealth. And the wealth is bigger than it was even 5 years ago.

Of course, for the most part it is wealth aggregated from the rest of the country.

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Will Trump slash the federal bureaucracy? How “painful” will it be?

The federal employee system is a giant, glowing, throbbing, blob of cronyism. From the top to the bottom the federal government is full of cronies. If Trump is going to make a real effort to carve up the beast we applaud him. Cut, and cut deep.

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Obama’s Bigshot Syndrome: Obama and Valerie Jarrett to mount an “insurgency” against President Trump from new home in DC?

From the hyper-liberal columnist for the Village Voice

This is Obama totally. He can’t step down. He can’t let the country heal. He must be “remembered.” He must be the big shot.

The Obamas said they were sticking around DC so that their daughter could finish school. We now know that was a ruse. (This was always the assumption.) Obama wants to stick around to complain and according to this report from the Daily Mail “according to a close family friend,

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Stossel: 5 agencies to dump in Trump’s 1st week

(From WND)

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.

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71 Percent Of US Government Workers Are Disengaged At Work

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.

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How Wartime Washington Lives in Luxury

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.

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Small Victory: DC decides to void 2800 parking tickets written during snow emergency

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.

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D.C. Issues Over $1M in Parking Tickets as City Continues to Dig Out from Blizzard

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.

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DC, the Crony Capital, land of the $600,000 starter home

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,

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In the D.C. luxury housing market, $2 million is the new $1 million

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),

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