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Hail Columbia!
City Journal [NYC,], by Aaron M. Renn

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Posted By:MissMolly, 2/5/2013 4:53:04 AM

The Washington, D.C., region has long been considered recession-proof, thanks to the remorseless expansion of the federal government in good times and bad. Yet it’s only now—as D.C. positively booms while most of the country remains in economic doldrums—that the scale of Washington’s prosperity is becoming clear. Over the past decade, the D.C. area has made stunning economic and demographic progress. Meanwhile, America’s current and former Second Cities, population-wise—Los Angeles and Chicago—are battered and fading in significance. Though Washington still isn’t their match in terms of population, it’s gaining on them in terms of economic power and national importance.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/5/2013 5:16:40 AM     (No. 9159041)

You really have to have some screws loose to even considering a comparison between DC and other basketcase cities around the country,it´s two entirely different animals.

DC is expanding and booming because of the tons of new bureaucratic hires by Obama,not to mention the armies of lobbyists and lawyers who are in high demand,trying to figure out Obama´s new regulations on everything..

I´d have to guess that the overwhelming majority of benefactors in the DC area are white liberals,with the black poverty and crime areas right down the street,basically unchanged.

The left has already tried to replicate this in other cities with urban renewal programs and condo projects,trying to lure white taxpayers back in the city limits.No matter where you have a boom area,blacks don´t benefit from the overflow demand of labor. The people who grab those jobs are latinos,especially in food and hospitality.

I didn´t read this whole story but I hope this person isn´t advocating the government to spend billions trying to create astroturf boom towns in other big cities,the dynamics doesn´t work.

Black unemployment is high because latinos have taken their place in the workforce,yet you don´t hear one black person complain about it,it´s still white oppression that´s the problem.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: strike3, 2/5/2013 7:43:45 AM     (No. 9159191)

Washington sort of reminds one of "The Capitol" in "Hunger Games." Decadent luxury and prosperity propped up by the starving masses who live in the outer districts. It will eventually attain the same end when we get tired of it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 2/5/2013 7:45:04 AM     (No. 9159196)

2 Saturdays past, Sean Hannity had a special program called Boomtown. It was an eye opener, for sure. we had been hearing/reading how well DC was doing, but pictures certainly tell the story better. guests on the program had written a book about this very thing - how well the bureaucrats were doing and how disconnected they are from the rest of us...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: privateer, 2/5/2013 8:02:02 AM     (No. 9159226)

A bas les aristos!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/5/2013 10:32:24 AM     (No. 9159545)

Yes, #2, I´ve made that comparison numerous times myself. I lived in Romania for a few years under the Ceaucescus and also compare The Hunger Games to communism where the party elite equal the Capital and the rest of the populace barely subsists on what the elites let them keep from their own forced labor. We´ll know for certain that we´re truly done when zippy starts wearing a white rose in his lapel.

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