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A foreshadowing of our fate?
The Washington Times issues an interesting report today illustrating the widening disconnect between our Federal government and the citizens it theoretically represents:
In throes of recession, D.C. stands apart
Throughout the recession, one major city stood out as an oasis for jobs and growth: Washington, D.C.
Supported by a gusher of federal borrowing and spending, the District of Columbia was the nation's only metropolitan area that never stopped growing. It stood as a beacon for the nation's millions of job hunters, from recent college graduates seeking careers in civil service to well-heeled lawyers cashing in on a bonanza of work stemming from health care and financial reform.
Being the center of government, Washington is used to being insulated from national economic trends. But the disconnect became particularly pronounced during the Great Recession — thanks to the federal government's own expansionary response.
Be sure to read the rest.
The phenomenon of the Central government thriving off of the backs of the oppressed citizenry is not without precedent. In the Soviet Union, life in Moscow was also fairly affluent, with its committees and departments all staffed and content, with plenty available for anyone that happened to be connected with the only Party allowed in their government.
And while the citizenry of Russia suffered greatly under Soviet leadership, their new bourgeois—alas, no different than the passé old one displaced in 1917—lived comfortably in their dachas, giving not a thought to the starving masses in the rest of the country that lived literally from meal to meal.
Thus has become modern America—A nation whose bloated Federal government consumes every last dollar our economy has to offer, one whose leadership is increasingly out of touch with the lives of the everyday citizens that live beyond the Beltway.
This November, we have a chance to try and narrow the vast chasm that exists between Washington and the rest of the world. With luck, our newly-elected Congress will spend enough time outside of D.C. to truly understand what your average Americans think.
The alternate course of history, I'm afraid, is too frightening to contemplate.