Drain the Swamp: Disperse Federal Bureaucracies in Washington and B#llshit Jobs

Source: Los Angeles Times

Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan to move three federal agencies out of Washington could prove a test case for the bigger federal bureaucracy relocation movement. (George Frey / Getty Images)

by Evan Halper • December 10, 2017

Amid the talk of draining swamps, restoring political might to blue-collar America and turning off the spigot of taxpayer cash that showers Washington, a familiar battle cry is ricocheting through this city: Move the bureaucrats out.

It has the ring of a Trumpian fantasy. Dislodge arms of the federal government from Washington and reattach them in faraway places, spreading the wealth generated by these well-paid agency workforces and forcing senior bureaucrats to face the people they affect.

But the idea has established populist roots that spread across party lines, and they are reemerging at this unique political moment.

The swaggering Interior secretary from Montana is putting the finishing touches on his plan to move the headquarters of three large public lands agencies to the West. The Stanford economist representing Silicon Valley in Congress sees opportunity to strategically seed regions of the country with pieces of the federal bureaucracy that can benefit them — and that they can benefit. The unlikely prospect of locating the Department of Transportation in Los Angeles is dangled by Republicans eager to show this crusade has bipartisan cred.

There hasn’t been so much buzz about getting “Washington” out of Washington since Franklin D. Roosevelt sent 30,000 federal workers to the Midwest after a presidential commission advised such moves would ensure the prototypical federal employee “remains one of the people in touch with the people and does not degenerate into an isolated and arrogant bureaucrat.”

“We need to find out what we can move,” said Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Youngstown, Ohio, who is seeking to create a commission that would identify parts of the bureaucracy that could be moved to economically distressed regions like his. A fellow Ohio congressman and political rival, tea party activist Warren Davidson, has mounted a parallel bureaucracy migration push. He calls it the “Drain the Swamp Act.”

None of it is going over well with die-hard Washingtonians. Many scold that the idea will flame out the same way it did when the Clinton administration pondered and then dropped a big relocation initiative, and the Reagan administration did the same before it.

When the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a “Divest D.C.” resolution this year that calls on all agencies to investigate moving out, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the nonvoting House representative for Washington, warned that it would cost taxpayers a fortune, spread dysfunction throughout the bureaucracy and economically devastate the region.

Her Democratic allies on the committee were not impressed by the suggestion of the measure’s sponsor, former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), that maybe it could lead to the Department of Transportation moving to the traffic capital of the nation, liberal Los Angeles.

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Source: Sputnik

The Capital of Capital: Five Richest Counties in US Are All DC Suburbs

December 9, 2017

A new list from the Census Bureau has found that the five richest counties in the US by median household income have something in common: all five of them are suburbs in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

They are Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church City, and Loudon County in Virginia as well as Howard County in Maryland.

In the case of all of them except Arlington, the median household income was more than double that of the national average of $55,322. Loudon County, the wealthiest, had a median household income of $125,672. We hope they invite us to their house parties!

Four other DC metropolitan area suburbs are in the top 20: Fairfax City (ninth), Prince William County (seventeenth), Stafford County (twentieth) all in Virginia and Montgomery County (fourteenth) in Maryland.

In other words, nine of the 20 richest counties in the US are suburbs of DC.

“Hollywood for Ugly People” isn’t the only city to have attracted large numbers of wealthy suburbanites. New York City has five of the top twenty around it, while San Francisco has three.

The wealth of DC is easy to understand: it’s the headquarters of the largest employer in the United States, the US federal government. Uncle Sam signs the paychecks of 4.4 million Americans, making Washington an employer twice as large as Wal-Mart, the biggest private employer of Americans.

Please go to Sputnik to read the entire article.


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