“Laugh If You Like, Ain’t A Damn Thing Funny”

If I’ve been lax in my support of DC Voting/Statehood in the past – I never will be again. Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets about this political nonsense. That folks in Congress (like this guy, Andy Harris etc.) have a say over our District is beyond maddening. Quote in the title of this post is from a book about Petey Greene who, I can only imagine, would’ve schooled these fools.

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  • Rich. Love to hear elected officials suggest recessions are appropriate.

  • From his Facebook Page:
    Washington, DC is booming — with 6 of the top 10 richest counties in the country here. Tower cranes everywhere. Being built on the backs of US taxpayers. This town needs a recession.

    I highly commend the commenters who have taken umbrage with that particular piece of FB stupidity.

  • Ally

    Can someone who isn’t as sleep deprived as I am (baby at home boycotting sleep) explain this to me?

    • binpetworth

      I’m not a sleep deprived parent and I too am having difficulty understanding his logic. It’s not like cranes are replacing corn subsidies.

      • Right? We’re paying to convert their corn into gas in order to keep the price high and he’s worried about us? His entire state lives off federal subsidies.

    • My guess is that he thinks that all of the building is for the government OR that all of that building is because the government with all the associated government contractors and lobbyists are such a big part of the DC economy that is spurring all that building. But that is a guess and given he doesn’t seem to be the brightest bulb in the package I could be totally off base.

  • What does he say about his $174k/year salary and lifetime health benefits?

  • huh? what is wrong with DC booming?

  • People (even congressmen, it seems) have a hard time understanding that there is a difference between “DC” and “Washington”. This is a clear example of this. 2 different cities. But also, this dude has got to go.

  • clevelanddave

    He is coflating two related but dissimilar things: “Washington” to his constituents is the federal government and related hangers on and he says that it is too big, too many of them, making too much money. That is a widely held belief, in both parties. It is a great political line that most members of Congress would agree with. On the other hand “Washington” as used in PoP land is a vibrant city with a vast, dynamic private sector with the federal government at its core. The congressman is of course wrong that most people in DC are employed by the federal government, but certainly right that a key reason why DC has done well and “missed” the last recession is that there is a solid core of government jobs and resources that are spent here. Whether reducing that spending would put DC into a recession (and presumably put money back into areas outside of the beltway) is another matter.

    • But even the stereotypical “Washington” is full of young, hard-working, educated people who don’t get paid what they would make elsewhere so that they can try to make their world a better place.

  • Yawn, some guy I’ve never heard of from a flyover state that I’ll never go to says something ignorant and dumb in an effort to pander to his equally clueless red state constituents. Wash, rinse, repeat. Can’t wait to read the next example next week and get outraged all over again.

    • Some guy you never heard of who is responsible for passing laws that affect your life, including your inability to have your own representation in Congress.

    • I don’t agree with the guys comments either but you sound like a very negative and offensive person yourself.

      “yawn” “flyover state” “ignorant” “dumb” “clueless red state”

    • YUUUP. Agreed.

  • I guess he is longing for the good old days of DC being bankrupt and run by a financial control board.

    • Sadly maybe he is because then he can rail against “those” people and the liberals. It is a win win for him.

  • “Iowans collected more in federal benefits than they paid in federal taxes” http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/03/397053/iowa-new-hampshire-government-funds/

  • Make Dubuque Great Again!
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    Or something. I’m sure young, highly educated voters can’t wait to move to your district, doofus.

  • He’s an embarrassment to himself and his state. Or maybe they support this kind of stupidity? He has no idea how taxes work. Very sad.

  • The next census can’t come soon enough. Iowa will continue to lose reps over time. Can’t wait until they are down to 1.

  • Turns out this turd is running in an eminently pick-uppable seat. Toss $10 to his opponent here, if you’d like: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/monica-vernon-1

  • jim_ed

    I dunno, I thought a lot of the twitter replies that told this guy to go get fucked were pretty funny. Sadly this will have zero repercussions for him, and if anything will get his name out there for positions in the conservative media after he gets curb stomped in the November election.

  • Sure, this is an incendiary tweet, but I’ve had out-of-town guests comment on the abundance of cranes around here. DC’s economy is unquestionably boosted by the infusion of tax dollars from around the country. That feeds federal employee salaries and, of course, the billions and billions of dollars paid to contractors in the region. While we did suffer from a housing bubble in recent years, the recession was largely mitigated by the constant flow of tax receipts and deficit spending (for which both parties are to blame). In fact, while there were some cuts associated with the sequester we also saw a big boost from the stimulus package. Federal employee household spending never dipped much because they didn’t experience the kinds of private sector layoffs that other parts of the country were dealing with. All in all, most of us made it through relatively unscathed. And yes, our comfort is due in no small part to the expenditure of federal tax dollars sent here from far and wide. Some appreciation for that is probably not unwarranted. And yes, it is probably hypocritical for members of congress to make this point without noting the role their own salaries play in this.

    • I can pretty much guarantee you that the luxury housing which predominates the DC construction market is not being built for federal employees, unless your definition of “federal employees” is limited to the small number of wealthy people who take appointed positions in the government for a couple of years before going back to private sector jobs that pay a multiple of what the government pays.

      • The guy is a buffoon, there is no doubt and folks like him like to make a lot of hay back home at the Districts expense, but he isn’t really that wrong.

        21% of every District worker receives a federal paycheck. Another 18% receive a paycheck from a federal contractor so 38% of all the District’s salaries are paid either directly by Uncle Sam, or are one level removed. That isn’t insignificant and DC gained the most economically at the very point when the rest of the nation was suffering most. You would be blind not to see how that could breed resentment.

        Then again, folks like this guy never want to admit that it was GWB who vastly expanded the size of the federal government and of the amount of money spent locally on fed government procurement of services.

        They year “W” took office, the Feds spent 30 billion a year locally on procurement of professional services. The year he left office 8 years later, it had grown to 80 billion a year, most of it going to pay for the legions of 20 something consultants pulling in 80-100K a year to sit in the feds offices and make ppt presentations for them.

        • And here are the facts, from a piece in Washingtonian magazine about this tweet:

          “While wholesale redevelopments of 14th Street, Northwest, Shaw, and Mt. Vernon Triangle offer images of economic prosperity, Washington’s overall recovery since 2009 has been relatively sluggish. A Brookings Institution report published in February found that the Washington region ranked 71st in economic growth and 92nd in prosperity out of 100 US metropolitan areas. Brookings’s researchers reported that between 2009 and 2014, the area’s productivity declined by about 0.3 percent, average wages fell by 0.2 percent, and the overall standard of living—measured by the gross metropolitan product divided by the area’s population—sank 3.9 percent.

          At the recession’s nadir, the District’s unemployment rate hit 12 percent—worse than the national peak of about 10 percent—though the region at large only hit a relatively modest 7 percent. And in the recovery years, Washington has had to shift its economy more toward the private sector as federal spending has contracted, making projects like The Wharf that much more important to the local economy.”

          So actually, he really is that wrong.

    • The fact that we are the capital of the most powerful country in the history of modern civilization is an inexorable part of who we are. It attracts a white collar economy, and government-related businesses. But simply because the entire country is paying Federal taxes does NOT mean that those tax receipts stay in Washington DC. It does not mean that even an overwhelming percentage of federal employment is based in Washington DC, with only 6% of federal jobs located in the district and 12% in the MSA.
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      Places like Iowa’s First District, where federal expenditures exceed federal tax revenue, are unquestionably boosted by the infusion of tax dollars as well. In fact, Iowa and DC are very close in their return on federal taxes. One significant (monumental) difference being that much of the federal-spend in DC goes significantly into support federal infrastructure to run the country, and much of the federal-spend in Iowa is supports to support just Iowa.
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      The reality is that many of those cranes are flying over DC not because of direct federal subsidy, but because of massive national reurbanization trends, accompanied by government related AND non-government related private industry reinvesting into a city that has yet to reach the heights of its past. The District of Columbia housed 900,000 people in the mid 1940’s. The national suburban flight phenomenon led to decades of urban decay punctuated by ugly socioecomic and racial stratification of the city which can still be seen today fairly clearly. The Wharf redevelopment (pictured in Blum’s tweet) is not a bi-product of federal tax dollars subsidization; it is a product of private investment and LOCAL tax dollars.
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      To say that DC attracts people and businesses because it is the Capital is a fact. To say that DC should be punished because other people’s money is paying for its redevelopment is the territory of empty political pandering.

      • And if he is going to post a photo to support a BS argument about tax dollars flowing into DC, he should not have chosen a photo of the Wharf development, which is not being financed by a dime of federal tax revenue.

  • Leaders vs. Panderers. Blum is the latter.

  • He’s probably the the kind of typical gasbag who will retire and have a cushy lobbying job with a law firm or trade association and enjoy continuing to live here.

  • Ashy Oldlady

    This guy’s last name used to be Blumpkin, but they shortened it.

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