How Washington D.C. Is Sucking The Life Out Of America

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
- Tacitus

Ever since I started writing about what is happening in the world around me, my primary theme has been that the root cancer at the core of the U.S., and indeed global economy, is cronyism and an absence of the rule of law when it comes to oligarchs. In the U.S., this cronyism is best described as an insidious relationship between large multi-national corporations and big government to funnel all of the wealth and resources of the nation to themselves at the expense of everyone else. In a genuine free market defined by heightened competition and governed by an equal application of the rule of law to all, the 0.1% does not aggregate all of a nation’s wealth. This sort of thing only happens in crony capitalism, which is basically nothing more than complete and total insider deals to aggregate newly created money into the hands of the few.

The following profile of Washington D.C.’s so-called “boom” from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch pretty much tells you all you need to know. While I think the tone of the article is absurd considering this is no “economic boom,” but merely parasitic wealth extraction on a unprecedented scale, it is still quite telling. It is no coincidence that as D.C. has grown wealthier, the nation has become much, much poorer. Key excerpts below:

The avalanche of cash that made Washington rich in the last decade has transformed the culture of a once staid capital and created a new wave of well-heeled insiders.


The winners in the new Washington are not just the former senators, party consiglieri and four-star generals who have always profited from their connections. Now they are also the former bureaucrats, accountants and staff officers for whom unimagined riches are suddenly possible. They are the entrepreneurs attracted to the capital by its aura of prosperity and its super-educated workforce. They are the lawyers, lobbyists and executives who work for companies that barely had a presence in Washington before the boom.


At the same time, big companies realized that a few million spent shaping legislation could produce windfall profits. They nearly doubled the cash they poured into the capital.

Sorry these aren’t “entrepreneurs,” they are parasitic opportunists.

At Cafe Joe, a greasy spoon near the National Security Agency in suburban Maryland, software engineers with top-secret clearances merely have to look at the place mats under their fried eggs to find federal contractors trying to entice them away from their government jobs with six-figure salaries and stock options. The place-mat ads cost $250 a week. They are sold out through 2014.


During the past decade, the region added 21,000 households in the nation’s top 1 percent. No other metro area came close.

Two forces triggered the boom.

The share of money the government spent on weapons and other hardware shrank as service contracts nearly tripled in value. At the peak in 2010, companies based in Rep. James Moran’s congressional district in Northern Virginia reaped $43 billion in federal contracts — roughly as much as the state of Texas.


Back in 2000, the company spent a mere $260,000 lobbying Congress, federal records show. Its lobbyists mostly talked to lawmakers about health care: medical manufacturing issues, Medicare reimbursement rates, privacy of health records, and congressional oversight of the Food and Drug Administration.


By the end of the decade, the company had broadened its horizons dramatically. “Government relations” now accounted for $2.6 million — a tenfold increase. On one quarterly disclosure report from 2010, Boston Scientific listed 35 different pieces of legislation on which it was lobbying. They included proposals on patent reform, tax penalties for moving American jobs abroad, tax credits for research and development, rules for transporting lithium batteries, limits on workers’ ability to form labor unions and federal regulation of certain types of financial derivatives.


Government relations has become so important to the bottom line of a modern company, Becker said, that it should be a required course at business school. The numbers suggest she’s right. Companies spent about $3.5 billion annually on lobbying at the end of the last decade, a nearly 90 percent increase from 1999 after adjusting for inflation, political scientist Lee Drutman notes in a forthcoming book, “The Business of America Is Lobbying.”

And you wonder why the economy sucks?

Legal services also boomed, fueled by the growing complexities of federal business regulations. The number of lawyers in the D.C. metro area increased by a third from 2000 to 2012, nearly twice as fast as the growth rate nationwide. And those lawyers have the highest mean salaries in the country, according to George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis.


The more companies spend on influence, the lower their effective tax rates and the higher their stock returns compared with competitors’, according to recent research. A company called Strategas has built an index to track the stock performance of the 50 companies that lobby the most; last year, that index outperformed the rest of the market by 30 percent.

If you still are confused why the U.S. economy is completely stuck in the mud, look no further than the parasites of Washington D.C.

Full article here.

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Duc888's picture

DC, home of the sharks.  We are the bait ball.

johngaltfla's picture

Kudos to ZH (credit in the link below) and others for catching the BIGGER story in April of this year. The implications are Weimar/Argentinain mind boggling...


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akarc's picture

Great quote from good read,

"Of course the Iraq War, Obamacare nightmare, and the number of convictions after the 2007-2009 financial crisis might just discount anyone’s rational faith in political leadership in our nation."

Then the thought occured to me, how is rational defined now days.

Doña K's picture

Why do you think everyone is familiar with the expression "beltway bandits"?

Opportunity-motive-temptation and Bingo! deal done. 

GetZeeGold's picture



Remember the battle of Athens Tennessee.


It's amazing what a little bit of dynamite can fix.

King_of_simpletons's picture

Nothing ever changed in the last 100 years. Nothing will ever change. It has only gotten worse. The sooner we realize this the sooner we can change the system. Articles don't spearhead change anymore.

lakecity55's picture

Haha, great article.

If all those stats are BS, I bet Backdoor Barry only got 12% of the vote.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate.

Based out of:

D.C. District of Criminals. Military might of Criminal CIA

City of London. Bankster location

Vatican City. Jesuit Intelligence

Isreal. Zionist Media

All Out Of Bubblegum's picture

The Saudis are also part of the Cabal. Freemasonry is an ingredient in all three flavors of Abrahamic religions.

Cloud9.5's picture

Sad what happens when people listen to idiots. You obviously don’t know any Masons.  If they claim to be and are filling your head with imaginings about what goes on in secret meetings consider this: Whoever claims to have this inside knowledge is either an outright liar who has never been in a lodge meeting or an outright liar who has broken his oath.  Either way, neither should be believed.

Keyser's picture

Have you achieved the 33rd rite or above? If not, you are a plebe who would not know of such things. Now go practice your secret handshake. 


Griphook's picture

I asked a 33rd Degree about it once.  He denied it, of course.  So I figured either he was lying or there's a 33 1/3 degree that he didn't know about.  

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Of course he was lying! You don't get to 33rd degree without learning how to lie to the Unenlightened! I'm sure that's covered way down around the 12th degree.



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So What's picture

It's fruitful to review a lesson or two from history. Prior to the Bolshevik revolution, the Russian power considered themselves invincible. They showed utmost disdain for popular discontent. They mowed down popular, peaceful demonstration. It got serious when the Russian govt started to shoot the demonstrator, then the revolution began to gather mass and shoot back.

So, today's situation is not there yet. People are not quite demonstrating. Though the govt of USA still is as arrogant as the previous tyrannical govt.

One must wait for the shooting moment to start, and for that to happen, people must take to the street. Much waiting awaits.

akarc's picture

What are we waiting for? Word to get out on Facebook?

willwork4food's picture

They will do something stupid like outlaw Bitcoin or confiscate gold. Then there will be a few videos going viral of a local police/military force beating a 9 year old girl to death for trying to stop them from arresting her dad.

But it will be on You Tube and THEN the shit will cook.

carlin401's picture

This is why DHS has regional FUSION-CENTERS all over the country ready for rapid response, ... just in case a few monkeys get a little cocky.

Fear not the US public 'frog' was boiled years ago, the population are sheep.

The Russians had something to fight for, and were honorable people and had history of fighting, and a vision.

The USA is a nation of welfare parasites, ... big fucking difference.

Now with NSA spying all they have to do is say "Your food stamp cards will de-activate if you violate curfew", Then nobody will leave their house.

The new america is here.

willwork4food's picture

I don't do foodstamps and if it's my time to go, I'l by damn sure take out a few of the .gov /HS geeks with me.

There's alot of us that have not be boiled.

doctor10's picture

Looks like that along with term limits we need to physically move the seat of federal government to St. Louis.

Nothing but the truth.'s picture

Time to fight back against these economic dictators and slave masters.

nmewn's picture

The Gangs of DC.


Todays WTF moment in der Fatherland:

North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood Fort Worth police apologize for its role in federal survey

kralizec's picture

This happened in Texas?  And nobody said "Fuck off!"? 


Vendetta's picture

I thought you "Don't mess with Texas"  .... guess not.

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NoDebt's picture

I'm not usually the first in line to call for kicking somebody off the board, but can we kick this guy off the board already?

lakecity55's picture

I'm hoping Hitlery will throw a party and offer him some 'good stuff,' which he ODs on.

"I didn't know he brought that to the party."

Eahudimac's picture

But everbody in Cleveland got OBAMAPHONE!


Parasites will kill the host if left untreated.......time for some serious treatments. 

Papasmurf's picture

Treat with Talspar.  Repeat as often as needed.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The only way it will ever change is when Americans show up in D.C. with the same numbers that showed up for his first inauguration.

Only that next visit will be to extract him from the oval office permanently.

Dr. Engali's picture

First of all it will never happen. The nation is nicely divided between the reds and the blues so more than likely we would see an uncivil war rather than the two sides tossing off their blinders to see just how they are being played.

Secondly, even if there was a march on Washington to drag his ass out what would you replace him with? I despise the guy as much as anybody else, but Zero is nothing more than a symptom of a sick and dying country. He is a lightning rod put into place, like Bush before him, to distract the nation while the owners extract that last remaining of wealth from the country.

PT's picture

Yes, you can't just take out the puppets.  You also have to take out the puppet masters.  The puppets know who the puppet masters are.  You may even have to take out the associates of the puppet masters.

akarc's picture

And then go after the puppet nasters, masters. Tunnels everywhere. Matrix within a matrix.

PT's picture

But you still have to start somewhere.

willwork4food's picture

I hear some say the bankers and politicians families-AND extended families will not be safe.

carlin401's picture

Yes, never happened.

I have thought about this for years, the Russians had a history, but the USA is a prison colony, and a nation of serfs from day one.

Never in all of USA history has anybody stood up to the system,.. never happened in the past and will never happen in the future.

StandardDeviant's picture

Uh, I'd say Edward Snowden counts.

As for "a nation of serfs from day one", I'd like to see you say that to Thomas Jefferson's face, or Benjamin Franklin's.  (And I'm not even an American.)

wtf1369's picture

I hate to say it but I gotta agree with Carlin. Shay's Rebellion, Whiskey Rebellion, the putdown of the Bonus Army and of course The War of Northern Aggression. The fight against tyranny in our nation has met very limited success over the years. Of course time, place, and distance from a financially strapped adversary largely aided the cause of Tom and Ben.

carlin401's picture


too many people believe the narrative that the USA was ever a great nation, .. or whatever,

we came here from europe, we killed the natives stole thir land, raped and robbed blundered all, by the 1980's the easy loot is/was gone,

now for the past 30 years the greatest colony of locust in human history turns on itself,

TBT or not TBT's picture

Mostly the natives died out without directly be killed. The first huge wave was due to disease that came with the Spanish some generations before Jamestown. Those settlers were shocked to find the continent nearly empty of people. Following that there was some assholery on both sides, in which the stone age Indians kept losing, each and every time they preferred not to be assimilated. Personally I am 1/16th Cherokee. Fuck you Andrew Jackson!

akarc's picture

IF they know your coming they will pull a Tampa on ya!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The only way it will ever change is when Americans show up in D.C. with the same numbers that showed up for his first inauguration.

Only that next visit will be to extract him from the oval office permanently.

bh2's picture

It is probably more accurate to say this is simply "cronyism". It has nothing to do with whether the nominal political system being deformed is capitalist, socialist, or communist. It's about people in power granting opulent benefits to their cronys to the disadvantage of everyone else who must abide by objective law.

Anusocracy's picture

Simply put, it's how government works.

And to entrust it with the control of law is beyond the pale.

CheapBastard's picture

"Only Little people go to jail."


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