Thursday, May 11, 2017

Washington region must respond to proposal to relocate government agencies

According to the Washington Examiner, House Democrat Tim Ryan has proposed decentralizing the federal government. Rep. Ryan's proposal is designed to be an economic stimulus to other parts of the country. Local officials must engage now to prevent this threat to our local economy. While relocating federal jobs might boost economies in other parts of the country, the federal government is the backbone of how we feed our families today throughout the DMV. Even folks who don't work for the federal government benefit from its presence here. The issue of decentralizing the federal government should be a priority on the agendas' of Mayor Bowser, Rep. Norton, Gov. Hogan, and Gov. McAuliffe. 

Despite the Wall Street Journal's argument that the influence of the federal government on the Washington region's economy is diminishing, even the WSJ admits that 11% of the region's workers are employed by the federal government. And that number doesn't count people who indirectly benefit from the presence of federal government, such as restaurant workers.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Washington DC Inspired Flip Flops

Be prepared for next month's arrival of summer in DC with these red flip flops.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Congratulations to Ballou High School

For the first time, every member of the senior class at Ballou High School has applied to college, according to an article in The Washington Post. While this is an exciting development, what's even more encouraging is the attitude of Ballou's administrators. Principal Yetunde Reeves wants to Ballow to become a place where college is expected as an "automatic next step." Leaders like Principal Reeves who raise the bar of expectations are exactly what students in the District's public schools need. Hopefully, the Post will update this story when the acceptance for this class becomes available.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Washington Post's "New" Slogan

When I saw "Democracy Dies in Darkness" under  The Washington Post's masthead the other day, I thought it was a joke. 'Someone has used a graphics program to put these two together,' I thought. Well, the entire world may know by now "Democracy Dies in Darkness" is the Post's new slogan.

Except, at The Post reports, that the slogan is not new because it's a phrase that longtime Post reporter Bob Woodward has been using for years. And Woodward said he did originate the phrase. It's a variant of 'Democracy dies in the dark', which Woodward read in a judicial opinion by Damon Keith in a case prior to Watergate.

While I can understand that the Post had been planning for months to launch this slogan, how could the newspaper not have realized that such a slogan would be seem to be directed at the new administration in the White House? It's hard to believe that the paper didn't think people would assume a connection even if none existed. Knowing current political realities, the Post moved forward in adopting this slogan.