While enjoying a snifter of our favorite brandy and marveling at the leather-bound books that line the mahogany shelves of our personal libraries, last Friday evening we settled in to watch “Boomtown,” Sean Hannity’s expose on Washington’s use of taxpayer funds to become filthy rich. (Check out the full video here or below.)
In short, Hannity and two contributors uncovered just how decadent our lifestyles really are. Calling us everything from an “imperial city” to “Versailles,” the three exposed our fascination with sporty Italian cars (there are Maserati dealerships in Maryland and Virginia!) and fine wines (we drink more than anyone else in the country!). They put the blame on runaway federal spending, saying that as the budget has grown, so to has our appetite for voraciously feeding at the federal trough. (Note to self: pick up share of taxpayer money that we D.C. residents receive on a daily basis; buy sporty Italian car.)
OK, we’ll set aside our sarcasm aside — and put down the snifter — for just a second. Hannity isn’t making a new point. In fact, and somewhat ironically, he’s making a point that plenty of left-wingers often make: lobbyists (often former members of Congress) make it their job to suck as much federal spending or legislative favors out of Congress as possible for their clients. In the process, they make a lot of money for themselves. And yes, the defense contractors that take in so many billions on a yearly basis do call the Washington region home, offering employment to plenty of people who make good salaries, enjoy comfortable lives and (maybe now and then) buy sporty Italian cars and drink fine wines.
Finally, one thing is undeniable: much of this is funded by your taxpayer dollars.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]