Sad news from the Washington Business Journal as the D.C Metro era added fewer jobs than expected in 2016:

The jobs numbers show the region is not positioned to weather large cuts in federal spending, and that cuts proposed by the Trump administration are going to come faster than the economy can grow new ones, Fuller added.

“We are vulnerable and we haven’t gotten less vulnerable,” Fuller said. And while it is common for the BLS to revise its preliminary numbers, he said it was unusual for them to be revised this significantly.

In a concurrent piece, this morning’s Washington Post added to the fears of federal bureaucrats huddled around Washington D.C. worrying that the upcoming Trump budget will be a backbreaker for themselves and the local economy:

“This definitely has an effect on the morale of the people,” said Ashok Bajaj, who owns fine-dining restaurants in downtown Washington including Rasika and the Bombay Club. “I think it’s going to have a tremendous effect on downtown business, not just restaurants.”

For eight long years, coal country had to endure the long-standing policy of “changes in the coal economy” from warmists who continue to push the unsupported view that man-made climate change was a scientific reality rather than a dogmatic object of a handful of secular religious fanatics wedded to environmentalism.

No one in Washington D.C. cried for coal country.

In fact, what were the rubes in Appalachia told?  Times they are a’changin… the economy just doesn’t need you anymore.  Don’t worry — we’ll do workforce development and just enough to show we care, but not enough to replace your livelihoods.

Today the coal mine is Washington D.C.

Just a changing economy, is all.  No hard feelings… even if the shoe doesn’t feel so good on the other foot.

  • James Young

    As someone in the metro area whose office is just outside “the swamp” — three FEET outside the swamp — I’m not feeling entirely sympathetic. Your article confirms my feelings.