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  •  They polled DC residents. Poor, minority people. (1+ / 0-)
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    I find that people who are more familiar with tough times are better able to discern things like trends than your typical suburbanite, who looks at economic conditions in terms of "Yes or No, is everything going great for me?"

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    by joe from Lowell on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 02:51:13 PM PDT

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      itself is doing better in economic terms than most of the rest of the country (talking trends, not absolutely). a lot of federal money went guessed it...the DC area (not for the poor, by and large, but for the political class). so D.C. weathered the recession better than other areas.

      •  No, it's not. Suburban VA and MD are doing better (0+ / 0-)

        but DC itself has higher unemployment and more poverty than just about any state in the nation.

        You're confusing a metro area with an inner city, and that is not a mistake that any liberal should ever make.

        "The DC area" is not "DC," any more than "Southern California" is "South and East LA."

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        by joe from Lowell on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 03:22:41 PM PDT

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        •  you must have missed (0+ / 0-)

          the part where i said "trend, not absolute".

          there have been a number of articles about how DC was in a bubble because the lobbyists, etc kept getting tons of money flowing to them. the DC area didn't crash as hard as the rest of the country (again, trend, not absolute).

          •  No, YOU missed it. Once again, the same mistake. (1+ / 0-)
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            You keep talking about "the DC area."

            This poll wasn't about "the DC area."  It's about DC ITSELF.

            The DC AREA is not DC.

            They are two different things.

            I didn't miss a single word you said.  I pointed out a major misunderstand at the heart of your thinking.

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            by joe from Lowell on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 03:35:59 PM PDT

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            •  you are not understanding the point. (0+ / 0-)

              a) DC area did not decline at the same rate as most other parts of the US.

              b) this is because massive amounts of money flowed in or kept flowing in to the political class, contractors, etc that populate the DC area.

              c) that is in no way saying that there are not a ton of people hurting in DC - more than in most other areas, in fact.

              d) instead, it's saying that the situation did not DETERIORATE at the same rate, even if worse to begin with.

              e) your distinction between the DC area and the city itself is irrelevant - the city itself didn't deteriorate as much as most other cities as well, even though it was extremely bad before the recession started.

              f) right-track/wrong-track type numbers reflect the rate of change, not the absolute level of poverty, unemployment, etc.

              you understand now?

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