USA Today has an analysis of what it calls "the dramatic realignment of the nation's economy" over the past decade: "The economic winners of the last decade are states that focus on raw materials, government and senior citizens. The big losers are places that make things." [Emphasis ours.] If Washington D.C. were a state it would be sixth in the nation with 29.9% GDP growth from 2000 to 2010, according to the chart the newspaper runs along with its article. "The federal government-fueled suburbs" led Virginia "and neighboring Maryland to a decade of prosperity," the paper reports, without exactly mentioning that that prosperity is fueled in part by taxing the residents of other states.
USA Today on the Imperial Capital
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