Washington DC Incomes Soar as Most of US Declines
Speaking of which…
And for those who imagine Washington, DC, as a city of 600,000 lobbyists, and therefore to hell with it: “The share of people in D.C. experiencing what’s called ‘deep poverty’ — incomes that are 50% below the poverty line — actually rose between 2000 and 2012 from 9.4% to 10.4%. Forty-five U.S. states saw this rate rise over the same time period. But D.C.’s rate is the highest in the country, beating out Mississippi.”
That list of richest counties is only limited to the top 10 counties. If it went further, it might include counties here in California that rely on a lucrative corporate-government alliance. Silicon Valley’s tech elite (who have a favored relationship with our federal and state governments) are doing very very well while other people (aka “the losers” in our Randian-style utopia) aren’t doing as well.
When we recently visited New York City and Washington DC, we were amazed at the wealth and security disparities. Security was higher than we ever remember it from 10 years ago. In DC my family of four got a whistle-warning from the Capitol Cops when we accidentally got too close to the back steps of the U.S. Capitol building. Yes, the elite must be protected from tourists with children! People leaving the capitol building scurried past the hoi polloi and would not make eye contact. Meanwhile on The Metro, not much security yet we were quite fine taking the train to various locations.
In NYC my son wasn’t allowed to take photos of the lobby of a media building for goodness sake. We had to go through two layers of security for “Liberty” Island and the Statue of “Liberty.” Fear and paranoia seem fairly high on the East coast these days.
I think it’s important to note, that most of these areas are wealthy because of government contracting, not necessarily government worker salaries, though that no doubt plays a role as many government jobs are white collar.
Unfortunately, the government shut down will not affect the defense industry which is the fattest pig of all.