Take me down to the parasite city

Gene Healy ought to get an extra cookie for a title worthy of Article Title of the Year.

Have you seen the latest jobs report? Major buzzkill: creeping unemployment, anemic growth, and the recovery’s totally stalled.

But not here: The District is booming! “Washington may have the healthiest economy of any major metropolitan area in the country,” says New York Times D.C. bureau chief David Leonhardt in Sunday’s Gray Lady. “You can actually see the prosperity”!

Yes we can! Construction cranes dominate the downtown skyline, and your average homeless guy can barely grab a stretch of sidewalk before yet another boutique store pops up to bounce his bedroll.

True, if you venture outside the Death Star’s orbit to visit the colonies for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you’ll see a lot of boarded-up storefronts. You might even feel a twinge of shame when Matt Drudge feeds you headlines like “D.C. Leads List of Most Shopaholic Cities in America.”

Read the rest.   Makers are being lorded over by the Takers.

3 Responses to “Take me down to the parasite city”

  1. Well, as someone who lives just outside of shootin’ distance from DC, I can tell you that all is not as happy as the writer from the NYSlimes would have you think it is. Yes, we are doing a bit better than the rest of the country, but that’s only because of all the government stuff here. Companies and their employees are very worried that if Congress doesn’t get it’s act together and get a budget passed, the automatic cuts in defense spending will decimate businesses, the economy, families. Many places I go, there are shops that are empty…people are just not spending like they used to (at least among my friends, although I don’t run with the “rich” circles!) Methinks someone has been dipping into the liberal kool-aid, served on the government dime in Obama’s city.

  2. They need to cut all agencies by 15% the first year. Across the board. Then they need to really start cutting……

  3. The agency my daughter works in is fairly small ~ it’s a research facility that is part of the Smithsonian and is the largest repository of American artifacts that is used by researchers the world over. I think there are 12 people who work there full time, and they have already cut one person the last time minor cuts got made. Hopefully, if congress mandates an across the board cut for each agency, they can find a way to do so without cutting personnel too harshly. Spoken from a mother’s heart!

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