War can be excellent business. It is also often hell. So that leaves us in a weird place.
This article needs to be read, particularly by people who are not familiar with Washington DC, our wealthiest American metropolitan area by far. That’s right, not New York, not San Francisco, Washington.
It didn’t used to be this rich. It didn’t use to be this rich not that long ago. And as you know dear readers we have nothing against people being rich. But we’ve got a big beef with cronies who get rich thanks to government connections and the exploitation of the American taxpayer. That’s pretty standard in Washington these days.
(From The American Conservative)
In no place in America are the abrupt changes in the nation’s security posture so keenly reflected in real estate and lifestyle than the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In the decade after 9/11, it has grown into a sprawling, pretentious representation of the federal government’s growth, vices and prosperity, encompassing the wealthiest counties, the best schools, and some of the highest rates of income inequality in the country.
“People hate Washington but they don’t really know why,” says Mike Lofgren, a longtime Beltway inhabitant and arch critic of its culture. But show them what is underneath the dignified facades—particularly the greed and excess financed by the overgrown military-industrial complex—and the populist resentment recently harnessed by insurgent candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders just might have a concrete grievance that can drive real change…
…It is common knowledge that Wall Street and its inflated compensation packages have remade Manhattan into an exclusive playground for the rich, just as tech moguls have made San Francisco unaffordable for the middle class. It is less well known that the estimated $4 trillion spent since 9/11 on the war on terrorism and billions spent on political campaigns ($6 billion on the 2012 elections alone) have trickled down so extravagantly to the New Class settled around Washington’s Beltway that they have remade the landscape of our capital.