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Old 02-19-2012, 06:59 PM   #661
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The Tea Party doesn't care about deficits. They only care about taxes.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:57 PM   #662
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fuck the tea party and the horse they rode in on.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:13 PM   #663
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10 of top 15 richest counties are in D.C. suburbs - WTOP.com

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WASHINGTON - Ten of the 15 richest counties in the nation are in the Washington suburbs, with Loudoun and Fairfax counties in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, according to the website Main Street, which created its list from 2010 census data.

As other areas of the nation saw huge job losses and declining property values during the recession, the D.C. suburbs maintained their stability, in part because of government, defense and technology jobs.
The new permanent ruling class.

Occupy Wall St for being clueless about who's really making out like bandits in Obama's America.

The Tea Party and the horse they rode in on for being vilified in 10 of the 15 richest counties in the country.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:22 PM   #664
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Defense and government jobs declined in other recessions?
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:28 PM   #665
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I'm not sure exactly why this is necessarily a good thing that people are that rich... Maybe I'm missing your point, though.
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The new permanent ruling class.

Occupy Wall St for being clueless about who's really making out like bandits in Obama's America.

The Tea Party and the horse they rode in on for being vilified in 10 of the 15 richest counties in the country.
Haven't we seen an increase in private jobs and a decrease in public jobs since Obama has been in office?
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:17 PM   #667
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Haven't we seen an increase in private jobs
Only in D.C. it's lawyers, lobbyists, consultants and government contractors at the teat of Leviathan.

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and a decrease in public jobs since Obama has been in office?
Yes, no doubt there's plenty of retired federal employees in these counties living quite comfortably off their cushy pensions.
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The new permanent ruling class.


oh good gosh. do you know how much government workers make? solid, good, white collar salaries.

to think that people living in Reston and working for HUD are somehow more powerful than bankers on wall street is just preposterous. believe me, there's not much mega-money here in DC. what there is, aside from one desperately poor section of the city itself, are highly educated suburbs and a work force that hasn't suffered the same effects of the recession because government has always been relatively recession proof. always has been. it's a fair employer, too. sure, there are expensive homes here, and yes, a 1-bedroom condo in the city will start at at least $450K, but there isn't the mega-money here that you have in NYC or LA (let alone London or Zurich). and it's those high 6 to low 7-figure properties that are owned by *corporate* lawyers, not run of the mill Federal employees who were grateful when Clinton offered to let them at least use Metro fare as a tax write-off. Federal employees generally can't afford to live in the fancy parts of DC, or even the good parts of Montgomery County or Arlington or Alexandria. they have to move out to Reston, Fairfax, Loudon County or even Frederick, MD where you can actually get a single family home for under a half-million.
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Only in D.C. it's lawyers, lobbyists, consultants and government contractors at the teat of Leviathan.

yes, they're making a positively *criminal* 103K a year! which is barely middle class in *any* coastal American city. government lawyers make significantly less than the corporate lawyers in DC (or anywhere).

it's the people who actually work for the Federal Government who are doing good, honest work and making fairly typical salaries for people of their education level.

you have entirely the wrong target. focus on the Mitt Romney's of the world, not a family of four in Loudon County who face brutal 2-hour commutes on 66 so they can get to a job managing data for DHS.



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Yes, no doubt there's plenty of retired federal employees in these counties living quite comfortably off their cushy pensions.

well that's class resentment and anger if i've ever heard it. why do you hate people who played by the rules and earned their retirement?
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Only in D.C. it's lawyers, lobbyists, consultants and government contractors at the teat of Leviathan.



Yes, no doubt there's plenty of retired federal employees in these counties living quite comfortably off their cushy pensions.
Your facts are wrong, your understanding is wrong, and...

Shit, nevermind.

Just continue to repeat and rinse.
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not a family of four in Loudon County who face brutal 2-hour commutes on 66 so they can get to a job managing data for DHS. so they don't have live with violent crime, drugs, vagrants, apathetic schools or Marion Barry.
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well that's class resentment and anger if i've ever heard it. why do you hate people who played by the rules and earned their retirement?
Pension gap divides public and private workers - USATODAY.com

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Retired government workers are twice as likely to get a pension as their counterparts in the private sector, and the typical benefit is far more generous. The nation's 6 million retired civil servants — teachers, police, administrators, laborers — received a median benefit of $17,640 in 2005, according to the Congressional Research Service. Eleven million private-sector retirees covered by traditional pensions got $7,692.
And this is a 2007 story; the gap has grown after the recession. Both state and federal. And oh by the way, the taxpayers are on the hook for the vastly over-promised and under-funded public pension plans and WE'RE BROKE.
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That reads better.

you forgot the same-sex marriage.

but, dude. seriously. are you going to presume to tell me about the city i lived in for 4 years (in a "transitional" neighborhood) and can see out my window? do you know *why* DC has problems like you mentioned? and do you know that that's *why* families living on government salaries can't afford housing in safer areas nor can they afford Montgomery County, Arlington or Alexandria? do you really think there are retirees in Montgomery County living high on the hog with their whopping $17k a year in pensions?



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And this is a 2007 story; the gap has grown after the recession. Both state and federal. And oh by the way, the taxpayers are on the hook for the vastly over-promised and under-funded public pension plans and WE'RE BROKE.

while i can agree that pension reform is part of any serious conversation about debt reduction, just look at the numbers you pulled out. $17K. first, think about how much less in take home salary a government worker made over the course of a working career because they trade in the promise of higher profits for the stability and benefits that government -- because it is not profit-seeking -- uses in order to attract talented workers. i don't get why you go after people who are your peers, but i suppose that's what the actual plutocracy wants? to think that people who are like you are your enemy and they are the ones who've prevented you from being like them?

Mitt Romney makes $17k in the time it takes him to take a whiz.

and you've provided a great example as to why social security should never, ever be privatized.
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Only in D.C. it's lawyers at the teat of Leviathan.
Your government lawyers seriously make that much cash???
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they generally make low 6-figures.

compare that to a $150k starting fresh-out-of-Cornell salary at any of the corporate firms in DC.
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160K+bonus in NYC (misread the DC part).
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