I’m back from DC and still on a bit of a high from the experience. I’ve seen a lot of capital cities but DC is the most inspiring… Except for all of the politicians, but you already knew that.
Saturday I was walking around town with a good friend of mine, who’s of the liberal political persuasion. She’d recently moved to DC and said, “One thing that shocks me – there is so much money in DC. Everywhere I go I see wealthy young people, in fabulous clothing, spending money like it’s going out of style.”
“Yeah,” I said. “Government shouldn’t be this profitable.”
And as I looked around, I saw she was right. You could tell who the tourists were immediately – their dress was several cuts below the average government worker. I almost walked into a fire hydrant when I saw a man dressed in head to toe Ralph Lauren. It was startling to see a print ad come to life.
There have been numerous studies showing that public sector workers earn more than their private sector counterparts. DC housing prices remain some of the most robust in the country. But the kind of money walking around DC has to be down to more than overpaid government bureaucrats. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve got no problem with other people doing well, and wouldn’t blink at it in the Hamptons or Beverly Hills. It just seems suspicious when so much wealth is clustered around the great big trough that is our nation’s capital. Did they move to DC because they earned the cash and want to serve? Or did they move to DC to get served?