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March 3, 2013

Sequester in Panem

Dear Capitol Residents:

The NBC News Budget Watch column has a warning for the District of Columbia: "Sequester Storm Gathers Over DC Economy," "With half of the roughly $85 billion in cuts targeting the Pentagon, the impact will be heavily concentrated in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, where defense spending accounted for about 10 percent of the three states’ combined economies in 2010, according to a report last month from Wells Fargo economists Mark Vitner and Michael Brown." The sequester cuts are only a tiny fraction of the federal budget, but they are going to be made as painful as possible in order to put pressure on Congress to raise taxes.

But targeting the DC metropolitan area won’t outrage the rest of America, and it won’t result in a lot of sympathy for DC. The economic pain in DC and suburban Maryland and Virginia is more likely to elicit an overwhelming sentiment of "good riddance" and "about time." The relative good times being enjoyed by this area during the tough economy being endured by the rest of the nation for the past few years have not engendered warm feelings toward the capitol. It has, instead, created the feeling that DC is the Capitol of Panem in The Hunger Games, an exploitative, repressive, and unfairly rich clique of rulers rather than of public servants.

If the point of the sequester is to create economic pain in the nation, but it really isn’t big enough to do that, it has to be manipulated to strike at the government programs that Americans want most. Releasing thousands of illegal aliens from ICE custody fits the bill. Furloughing bureaucrats in DC doesn’t.


Must reading: Eric P. Newcomer, "DC Waging War Against Drivers,";
Marc Fisher, "Gun Deaths, Violent Crime Overall Are Down in District and US, But Reasons Are Elusive,"

Gary Imhoff


You Say Sequester, I Call Bushwah
Star Lawrence,

Want to know how this dumb show is playing out here in the flyovers (Arizona)? For laughs. I liked what Jay Leno’s writers said — Girl Scouts will now have to sell meth instead of cookies. I guess it’s true — if it doesn’t happen to Washington, it didn’t happen. Everyone just took a 2 percent so-called "cut," we have lost jobs, our malls are boarded up . . . all the strutting around and threatening in the world does not scare most of us.

And — might I ask — why are our leaders, as they like to call themselves, setting about to hurt the American people, as they like to call us, as much as possible. I thought their job was the opposite.


Bike Tyranny
Calvin Flemmings,

This bike tyranny is *?!.

DC is taking catering to bicyclists way too much. There will definitely be a backlash come next election.



Hollywood on the Potomac Book Signing with Author Mike Canning, March 5
George Williams;

Author Mike Canning discusses and signs his new book, Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m., at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library. The book examines more than fifty motion pictures of the sound era and reveals how Washington has been treated as subject, setting, and background. Proceeds from the book sale support the Library’s Summer Reading Program. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Southeast Library. The Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library is located at 901 G Street, NW, near the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro Stations.


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