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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The Transition Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.

As a longtime resident of government employee country I say this plan couldn’t come soon enough. The bureaucracy in DC is massive, expensive, and entitled. Given the degree to which technology could easily reduce the bloat in the city and beyond wins should come early and relatively easily.

Wins for taxpayers anyway. Washington, the “imperial city” won’t like it and will scream bloody murder. On the other hand recent reports said that up to 35% of federal workers said they’d consider quitting their jobs if Trump became president.

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See Imperial Washington Up Close, the Weathiest Metro Area (BY FAR) in the USA —- VIDEO

This is Versailles.

I am extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do for a living. Most of the time I get to write about the news and work on other business projects from my base in the Shire of the Blue Ridge. Broadband is a beautiful thing. But every once in a while I leave the shire and go into Washington DC for meetings.

New Versailles.

I enjoy going believe it or not. There are many interesting and smart people who live and work there.

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Washington Post: With new Congress, D.C. region is losing clout (One can only hope.)

Over the last 2 decades Washington DC, always a little full of itself, has embraced the role of Imperial City. DC is by far the wealthiest region in the USA. From the Blue Ridge Mountains east to the Chesapeake Bay, from the suburbs of Baltimore south to Fredericksburg Virginia, it is a vast swathe of repurposed taxpayer dollars.

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Senator Johnson: I’m Suing Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Congress

The Obamacare “exception” made by the White House for congressional staffers is blatant crony capitalism. It is nothing more than a gift bestowed upon the political class because the law would hit the connected and in some cases powerful on Capitol Hill in the pocketbook. It’s not like these same staffers wrote the Obamacare bill or anything.

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Hunger Games Economics: Washington Sees Incomes Soar as Most of U.S. Declines

I can tell you as one who spends a fair amount of time in Washington DC that times are good in and around the District. I’ve lived in the suburbs of the place for nearly 20 years (I can’t believe that I just wrote that) and I have never seen as many Teslas, Maseratis, Ferarris, and high end Mercedes Benzes driving down Constitution Avenue as I do now. The place isn’t littered with them, but they are pretty common. More common than in your home town it’s probably safe to say.

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Liberal New York Magazine lambastes the Washington DC establishment (Especially the “liberal” part)

I do find it interesting that there are people who believe, even today, that there is such a thing as “good government.” Good government, as the term is most often used, is a myth. It does not exist and at least in Washington DC, cannot exist.

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John Stossel Gives AgainstCronyCapitalism.org a Shout Out in His Most Recent Column.

We like John around here. I once saw his show filmed at George Washington University and I’ve followed his career since I was a kid. I was quite pleased to see this last night.

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