The United States of America has always been a land of immigrants . But there’s a different attitude from the new wave of immigrants that’s been coming to the country in the recent decades thanks to the voter-hungry kowtowing politicians in Washington D.C. who set the tone on how the new immigrants should behave inside the country.
Live like a President! Part of the estate that inspired George Washington to declare he’d ‘rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world’ up for sale for $25m (but it’s still a fixer-upper in need of major repair)
- A spectacular 16.5-acre estate originally part of George Washington’s famed Mount Vernon is up for sale
- The property is named River View Estate after its 383 feet of uninterrupted vistas of the Potomac River
- The estate boasts a 6,000-square foot manor home, 2,000-square foot guest house, four-car garage, carriage house and staff quarters
- However the Sotheby’s listing warns that it is ‘poised for modern renovations’
In 1998, Clinton administration filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and with the threat of breaking it up and heavy fine, Bill Gates, who back then took pride of having “no Washington presence” decided to join the Washington game by increasing its lobby funding from $16,000 in 1995 to $8.09 million in 2012. In 2003, Sergey Brin and Larry Page made sure they have Washington office to take care of their lobbying interests.
Last year, despite of Google’s cozy relationship with the Obama administration, FTC chairman Democrat Jon Leibowitz investigated google on its “search and search advertising” . The twenty-month probe had google spend $25 million to stop the antitrust suit. The Internet Association, a group of 14 tech giants including google, was formed to represent itself in the nation’s capital. Despite of many industries cutting on its lobbying budget in recent years, tech companies continue to increase its spending.
Facebook spent $3.9 million in 2012, an increase from its $1.35 budget in 2011. Facebook also hired 38 lobbyists last year. Corporate America has learned the real power is in Washington D.C. and the government can make them or break them, but with the right price and right wining and dining, they may be able to buy their way out of trouble. In 1911, when the government went after Standard Oil and ordered it to be broken up, John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in the world at that time, realized that when the government wants to destroy you, it can do so by just simple ruling. After Bill Gates in 1998, corporate America realized the only way to stop government to come after you is to prevent its laws and regulations from getting near you, a feat that can only be done by the lobby district of K Street.
Copyright 2013 Ketchie V. Schauf
America’s history of boomtown came from discoveries like the California gold rush, the oil boom, the cattle kingdom in Texas and the Detroit auto industry. But in the 21st century, Washington D.C. has become the new boomtown in America, at the time when the rest of America has more than 8% unemployment rate and 47 million are on food stamp.
Government has become the most expanded and lucrative business in the nation’s capital and when private corporations finally decided to set up a tent on K Street, the lobby district, in order to protect themselves from government and to keep up with its never ending new laws and regulations, private corporations have learned to hire lobby firms to wine and dine the elected politicians to promote their cause or to protect them from any government assault. Corporate America realized K Street lobbying has to become part of their budget knowing they may regret later on not playing the game Washington has told them to do. Also, 50% of former politicians become lobbysists after leaving office. Democrat Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada has sons active in lobbying, a business venture trending among Washington’s politicians for their families, friends and relatives.
Washington D.C. today has the highest consumption of fine wines in the country and has a booming fine dining restaurant industry. Its lamboghini dealership that sells sports cars for $325,000 cannot keep up with its cash buyers. Private jets are booming in business wherein airplane hangars are sold right away to jet owners. Last year, more than 70,000 private jets landed in D.C. and along with these jets are chauffeured limousines awaiting at the airport to transport their fancy clients.
Washington D.C. has come a long way. It now has 7 out of 10 WEALTHIEST counties in the country. In 2012, 29% of the employer is the federal government with workers average salary of $120,000 per year paid by taxpayers money. In 1969, wages were only 12% above national average. In 2010, it was 36% higher. Unlike normal businesses where they have to make decisions to cut unnecessary budgets and how to bring efficiency on its labor and costs, government no matter what the state of the economy is, has a yearly budget increase of 678%, something no private business will ever do.
Copyright 2013 Ketchie V. Schauf