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Is Washington, DC beginning to resemble the Capitol in the Hunger Games’ Universe?

Conservative and libertarian pundits have compared the increasing centralization of power in Washington, D.C. along with the concomitant growth in the city’s wealth (particularly compared to the rest of the country) with that of the Capitol of Panem, the brave new nation, in the Hunger Games universe.  The nation’s wealth flows into the city and power flows out from it.

In December, the Washington Examiner reported that six of the country’s 10 richest counties were in the D.C. area. Obama won all of them.

Tonight, at 9 PM EST, Peter Schweizer and Stephen K. Bannon will be exploring this very notion in a one-hour special on FoxNews, “Boomtown: Washington, the Imperial City” which, according to Breitbart News will report “how Washington’s power elite leverage their crony connections to vacuum taxpayer wallets, bankrolling their lifestyles of luxury and opulence—all under the guise of what’s best for America.

H/t: Reader R, through this link, who though we should promote it.



  1. As if leftists care. Say a few kind words about gay marriage and you can get away with anything.

    Comment by V the K — January 25, 2013 @ 12:52 pm - January 25, 2013

  2. Say a few kind words about gay marriage and you can get away with anything.

    Unless you are Dick Cheney…

    Comment by Rattlesnake — January 25, 2013 @ 1:04 pm - January 25, 2013

  3. “beginning to”?

    I think you have the wrong tense here…

    Comment by alanstorm — January 25, 2013 @ 1:48 pm - January 25, 2013

  4. Hmm…from above, the District actually resembles Coruscant. Just saying…

    Comment by BigJ — January 25, 2013 @ 3:22 pm - January 25, 2013

  5. When the DC real estate market crashes, and the Beltway Elite and its media minions wax breathlessly about the country’s hard times (that being their perspective) while the rest of America booms and enjoys higher living standards, we will know that America is moving in the right direction.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 25, 2013 @ 3:50 pm - January 25, 2013

  6. Imperial Rome peaked at 1-1/2 million-plus during the Principate, yet at the time of the Bogia and Medici Popes barely 40,000 lived within it’s ruined walls and streets.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 25, 2013 @ 4:37 pm - January 25, 2013

  7. And the Kardahsians are our gladiators *shutter*

    Comment by The_Livewire — January 25, 2013 @ 4:51 pm - January 25, 2013

  8. I guess the bright side is that warshinton is fast becoming the target of our potent enemies.

    They’ll get to die first.

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 25, 2013 @ 6:15 pm - January 25, 2013

  9. “Is Washington, DC beginning to resemble the Capitol in the Hunger Games’ Universe?”

    If so, then. . . May the odds be ever in your favor.

    Comment by Kit — January 25, 2013 @ 11:38 pm - January 25, 2013

  10. […] Yes.: Is Washington, DC beginning to resemble the Capitol in the Hunger Games’ Universe? […]

    Pingback by ConMom — January 26, 2013 @ 9:02 am - January 26, 2013

  11. If Washington collapses, do you promise that it will take Northern Virginia with it? If not, could we please cede Northern Virginia to Maryland, where it belongs?

    Comment by heliotrope — January 26, 2013 @ 10:30 am - January 26, 2013

  12. Heliotrope, Take Virginia’s counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun. combine them with Montgomery, PG, and Baltimore counties in Maryland and create the new state of Bureautopia.

    Comment by V the K — January 26, 2013 @ 11:44 am - January 26, 2013

  13. Meanwhile, out in flyover country, Obama Voters … once again…. get violent over FSFTG*.

    Free (Stuff) From The Government

    Comment by V the K — January 26, 2013 @ 12:26 pm - January 26, 2013

  14. Meanwhile, in Miami:

    Comment by Paul — January 27, 2013 @ 2:58 am - January 27, 2013

  15. V the K I saw that video the other day. Pretty sad-start a fight in the food stampe office, and you don’t get arrested, and you still get your free stuff.

    Say a few kind words about gay marriage and you can get away with anything.

    I am pretty sure this doesn’t apply to republicans. They could purchase a bill board and scream from the top of the highest building that they support gay marriage and it would get them any votes from the left.

    I do find the comparisons of DC and Panem pretty interesting-even though they haven’t demanded that flyover country send their youth to fight to the death, they certain do demand our youth for their version of brain washing. It is interesting how the movers and shakers in the DC area-that makes the policies that affect the rest of us, are rather insulated from the effects of their decisions. They don’t feel the pain of $3.50 per gallon gas that a person making 30k a year feels.

    Comment by Just Me — January 27, 2013 @ 7:47 pm - January 27, 2013

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