So this should surprise no one:
Stimulus Bill Sends Thrill Through Region"Something of a bailout." No shit.
Local Officials Drawing Up Wish Lists
By Daniel de Vise and John Wagner, Washington Post Staff Writers
As Congress prepares legislation to pump more than $800 billion into the economy, governments in the Washington region are lining up for their share: dollars that could mobilize stalled projects to mend water mains, repave roads and rebuild schools, as well as plug other budgetary holes.
"There are many, many projects that are ready to go as soon as we know the criteria and how much money we're getting," said Gordon Hickey, a spokesman for Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).The stimulus plan is viewed in the two states and the District as something of a bailout. [link]
So the government is going do for the states of Virginia and Maryland that which the two states have - since the beginning of time - been expected to do for themselves. And most of the manna from heaven will go to a small handful of counties ... where, I wonder.
What did you expect? The tens of thousands of people who now make up that ever expanding government bureaucracy have to deal with the potholes and the lousy schools and the power outages and the inadequate police protection and the housing shortage for illegals and ...
More importantly, they have access to wads of cash to fix all that.
So they take it. And fix it.
Loudoun and Fairfax are the two most affluent counties in the nation. Any wonder?
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A related thought. Here's something to consider, from the same Washington Post:
"The nation's employers, including some of its largest and most sturdy, announced plans yesterday to slash more than 55,000 jobs, a staggering one-day toll that highlighted how quickly layoffs are accelerating and how widely misery is spreading throughout the labor market."How many of those 55,000 layoffs involve government employees who live in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties?
In the nation's capital, Life Is Goooood.