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Median income … “Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche“, supposedly spoken by “a great princess” upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was made from dough enriched with butter and eggs, and those ingredients were even more scarce and more costly than dough, making brioche even more out of the reach of the peasants than bread, the quote supposedly would reflect the princess’s obliviousness as to the condition of the people.
And guess where they live … Why washington DC of course. The home of the 1%.
THE RULING CLASS TAKES CARE OF THEMSELVES FIRST…
Bloomberg attributes D.C.’s high income levels to federal worker salaries and the concentration of lawyers and lobbyists:
Total compensation for federal workers, including health care and other benefits, last year averaged $126,369, compared with $122,697 in 2009, according to Bloomberg News calculations of Commerce Department data. There were 170,467 federal employees in the District of Columbia as of June. The Washington area includes the District of Columbia, parts of Northern Virginia, eastern Maryland and eastern West Virginia.
With the high levels of income also come high levels of inequality. As The Washington Post reported in December that the District of Columbia has a high Index of Dissimilarity, which is used to measure segregation:
At 74 percent, the District had the fifth-highest segregation level in the nation, and Virginia had one of the lowest, 50 percent. Maryland was in between, with 65 percent.
THE BUBBLE MENTALITY PERMEATES THE RULING CLASS, the let them eat cake crowd. So out of touch with the people, all they care about, is they got theirs.