It was Horace Greeley who once wrote, “Go west, Young Man”. This was during the period in which “manifest destiny” was all the rage, and as America worked to realize the goal of stretching across the continent, if one was willing to take the chance, he or she could create a bright future.
Or, maybe not. The Donner Party comes to mind.
But still, there was opportunity to be had.
But these days opportunity is found not by following the setting sun, but rather by heading to the shores of the Potomac. Whether you’re a member of congress, a lobbyist, a bureaucrat, or in real estate, you’re going to make out fine.
But forget Republican/Democrat; the true line of demarcation is Inside/Outside.
It would be nice to tune the political noise out, but that could be hazardous to your well-being. Even as I write, decisions and regulations are being made as to what you eat, what you drive, and where you live. Though many may have forgotten, distracted by the magic of Hope and Change as they were, it was the candidate Obama who was quoted as follows:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,”
Well, he can. You and I however, increasingly find it more difficult.
And that’s the point. The residents working in the Washington Metro Area have no idea how it is outside the beltway.
And I’m guessing they don’t care.
A prime example is the former first lady, Ex-Senator, and Secretary of State who would be President.
In an interview on ABC she claimed that she and her husband were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House. She talked about their hardscrabble life.
“We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It was not easy. Bill has worked really hard. And it’s been amazing to me. He’s worked very hard.”
Well, a number of actual journalists looked into the claim, and found it somewhat laughable.
So, Ms. Clinton backed off a bit, admitting while they have a net worth of 100 million dollars, the Clinton’s aren’t “rich rich”.
And it’s true, even with that kind of net worth, it’s hard to make ends meet. At least in Georgetown, or Chappaqua. The photo above is an aerial photo of their home in suburban N.Y. City.
If you enlarge the image, you can clearly see wash hanging on the line to save on the electric bill. If fact, word is she does laundry for the neighbors, to raise a little extra cash.
Come month’s end, a couple of extra bucks can make a difference.