Washington vs. The Rest of America
We are so close to the breaking point.
Check it out:
Salena Zito in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (she’s an editorial page columnist) wrote a piece yesterday entitled: “When Will America Burst DC’s Bubble?” Let me just give you a pull quote. It’s a great piece, and it is logically written to explain the real division in America. “The centralized power and wealth in our nation’s capital are becoming so disconnected from the rest of this country that it is palpable to everyone except those who live in Washington.
“In most people’s lives, the driving issue is economic security. Washington’s obsession is with social and cultural issues that drive bigger wedges between Us and Them. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of America’s complaints will burst Washington’s bubble. … Eighteen Starbucks shops can be found in the three-mile walk from DuPont Circle to the US Capitol. Not one of them had a line less than seven people deep on a recent Wednesday afternoon.
“Twenty-one construction sites filled with workers on girders and cranes towering over whole city blocks can be found on the same walk. Commerce bursts from every angle of [Washington]: small businesses packed with shoppers, hair salons charging more than the monthly mortgage payment on my first house for a cut-and-blow-dry, and main as well as side streets clogged with traffic. America’s capital seems bubble-wrapped in its own vibrant economic boom, while great chunks of the nation struggle with uncertainty about how to keep the engine going.