Class warfare. This is what it really looks like.
The Washington region has emerged from the recession looking even more affluent compared with the rest of the country, boasting seven of the 10 counties with the highest household incomes in the nation, new census numbers show.
For some reason, while the ranks of the unemployed swell, things are looking really good over on government lane.
The Post’s Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik note that the Washington area, flush with federal contractors and high-tech companies, now has seven of the 10 most affluent counties in the country. While Loudoun’s median income dropped by $400, that was within the margin of error of the survey. Arlington’s median income, which was previously fifth highest, rose by almost $6,000, and Fairfax’s rose by nearly $3,000, making the three NoVa counties the only ones in the U.S. with median incomes over $100,000. Prince William (about $2,500) and Alexandria (about $5,000) also saw significant jumps in income.
It’s almost like income is being redistributed by the Federal government to… itself. And that’s the real 47 percent. The swelling ranks of people who make their money off the government.
Household incomes rose in most counties around Washington last year, even as they continued to sink around the country. The stability of an economy built on the pillars of the federal government, its legions of contractors and a flourishing high-tech sector is evident in the income rankings.
In 2007, before the recession began, five counties in suburban Washington made it into the top 10. By 2010, there were six. The seven in the latest ranking is an all-time high.
And give Obama another term and most of the country will be bankrupt, but the Washington area will be sitting pretty. Because building an economy on the back of the Federal government works for a small group of insiders, not for the rest of the country.
As the country gets poorer, Washington gets richer. As government reigns, wealth goes from the people to the parasites.
This is the real 47 percent that we should be talking about.
The District, which the census compares to both states and counties, has seen its ranking shoot up in the last five years as its median household income has risen from $54,000 to about $63,000. When compared with states, it rose from 16th to fifth.
16th to fifth. Not bad. Redistribution works. And this is the real class warfare. The middle class is being robbed to pay for the government class.