The American Hunger Games

*Posted by Winston Hottman


If you haven’t seen Ross Douthat’s latest column at the NY Times, entitled Washington Versus America, it’s worth a read. He exposes the alarming discrepancy between Washington D.C.’s economic boom and the economic condition of the rest of the country. The obvious question is how something like this can happen:

Whence comes this wealth? Mostly from Washington’s one major industry: the federal government. Not from direct federal employment, which has risen only modestly of late, but from the growing armies of lobbyists and lawyers, contractors and consultants, who make their living advising and influencing and facilitating the public sector’s work.

In reality, our government isn’t running trillion-dollar deficits because we’re letting the working class get away with not paying its fair share. We’re running those deficits because too many powerful interest groups have a stake in making sure the party doesn’t stop.

When you look around the richest precincts of today’s Washington, you don’t see a city running on paternalism or dependency. You see a city running on exploitation.

Read the rest of his article here.

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