Just read a great piece by Ross Douthat that really gets at (what should be) the primary issue in this presidential campaign. He compares the growing concentration of power in our nation’s capital to “the ruthless Capital in ‘The Hunger Games,’ [with] the wealth of Washington is ultimately extracted from taxpayers more than it is earned. And over the last five years especially, D.C.’s gains have coincided with the country’s losses.”
He cites “new census data” which reveal “that 7 of the 10 richest American counties in 2011 were in the Washington, D.C., region”;
For Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, what’s happened in Washington these last 10 years should be a natural part of the case against Obamanomics. Our gilded District is a case study in how federal spending often finds its way to the well connected rather than the people it’s supposed to help, how every new program spawns an array of influence peddlers, and how easily corporations and government become corrupt allies rather than opponents.
(Via HotAir headlines.) Read the whole thing.
(More on this anon as time allows.)