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The golden age in the imperial city: How big government makes the Beltway area rich

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As a quick way to demonstrate the jaw-dropping growth of the federal government, conservatives and libertarians like me often point to the growing wealth in the D.C. area. Like a vortex, the federal government sucks in wealth from the rest of the country. When liberal bloggers like Paul Krugman want to push back on this line of argument, they point out that the federal workforce is actually...

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