I am extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do for a living. Most of the time I get to write about the news and work on other business projects from my base in the Shire of the Blue Ridge. Broadband is a beautiful thing. But every once in a while I leave the shire and go into Washington DC for meetings.
I enjoy going believe it or not. There are many interesting and smart people who live and work there. The restaurants are good. It can on occasion even be fun.
However I’ve been going into Washington for 20 years now and as I drive out of real Virginia and into the concrete of Metro DC I am always and every time struck by the contrast between “America” and the Imperial City.
It’s different than the contrast between the countryside and other urban areas. In Cleveland for instance people are probably mostly from Cleveland. They root for the Browns. Cleveland is home. Washington however is different. It’s not really “home” to many. (Except perhaps the folks who live on the other side of the Anacostia River from Official Washington.) Everyone is from somewhere else because this is where the money is. They come here to get paid. The defense contractors, the federal employees of various stripes (who are paid very well – ask any of your Washingtonian friends about the “GS” schedule), the civilian employees in the military, the government contractors of all sorts, the lobbyists, the politicians, and all the other hangers-on all come to get paid. Of course some come to get powerful too. But for most, getting paid is priority number 1.