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Nebraska Conservative Ben Sasse Fights the Ruling Class

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Nebraska conservative U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse, President of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, has proposed a "thought experiment" that is making the urban elite of America’s Ruling Class squirm – move the Nation’s Capital from Washington, D.C. to Nebraska.

Setting aside the fact that such a move might improve the tenor of America’s political discourse, since Nebraska is the kind of “nice people state” where they generally hold up all five fingers when they wave and hunting for a parking space is not considered to be a blood sport, Sasse’s idea is definitely worth considering as a form of bloodless revolution.

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, of the top ten richest counties in the U.S., six are located in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs and exurbs of Washington, D.C.

Early in December of 2013 The Washington Post's Reid Wilson reported that Northern Virginia stood out among other regions in terms of income level. "Northern Virginia alone accounted for about one-fifth of the nation's 50 highest-income counties," Wilson quoted a Census Bureau spokesman as saying. Falls Church, Va., topped the list with a median household income of over $121,000, although it is an independent city, not technically a county.

In fact, 13 of the top 30 richest counties form a continuous circle around Washington, D.C.

Now let’s be clear. There are plenty of places, such as New York City’s Manhattan Island and Silicon Valley in California, where there are more very wealthy people than live in Falls Church, Virginia. This is median income the Census Bureau is measuring and reporting in this list.

But there is another angle to this story. According to a poll by the Gallup Organization, Washington is the country’s most economically confident region.

Why are the DC area’s residents so confident in their economic future?

Because the economy of Washington, D.C. is based on what economists call rent-seeking — tapping into the economic value created by someone else, rather than creating new value.

As David Leonhardt observed in The New York Times Sunday Review back in August of 2012: “In Washington’s case, the rent-seeking takes the form of capturing even a small portion of the financial gusher flowing to and from the federal government. The lobbyists, consultants and defense contractors building some of those mansions in McLean and Potomac are doing so, in effect, with government dollars from military or Medicare or other budgets. As most of the country continues to struggle through an agonizingly slow recovery, Washington uncomfortably calls to mind the rapacious Capitol in Suzanne Collins’s ‘Hunger Games’ series.”

Others, who are educated in the social sciences, tend to see this concentration of wealth as merely indicative of a concentration of college educated professionals, rather than an indication of a dystopian future.

But what exactly are all those college educated people being brought to Washington to do?

Govern you of course.

The growth of government over the past few decades has turned the old caricature of low-paid government “cookie pushers” on its head. Compared to risking your own capital, bringing a new or better product to the marketplace or doing something else that actually creates new wealth, telling other people what to do turns out to be pretty good work, if you can find it.

And Washington, D.C. is where you find the work of telling other people what to do, and of course influencing those who tell other people what to do.

Ben Sasse’s idea is, as he said, really more of a thought experiment than a serious proposal, but it has a serious point.  

"As someone who's not a career politician, I wanted to introduce myself to Nebraskans in a way that would explain what this campaign is about," Sasse said in an exclusive statement to Breitbart’s Alexander Marlow. "DC is a sick, dysfunctional place. I've seen it up close. We're going to lose our country if we don't act quickly."

We agree with Nebraska conservative Senate candidate Ben Sasse that breaking the “Iron Triangle” of Washington’s rent-seeking bureaucrats, lobbyists, and politicians must be a priority if we are to save what is left of American exceptionalism. 

Our only concern is that Sasse’s proposal would send to Nebraska all those college educated people, whose only skill is telling other people what to do, who are currently concentrated around DC, and wrecking your home state is not a good campaign strategy.

Ben Sasse, President of Midland University, has been endorsed by Senator Jim DeMint and by The Club for Growth. To learn more about Ben Sasse and his serious campaign to be the conservative voice of Nebraska in the United States Senate, watch his campaign video “The Outsider” on YouTube or go to his campaign website through this link.

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Break the Iron Triangle!! Good luck! I suspect that Mr. Sasse is not a student of history, for if he were, he would remember that President Carter tried to do exactly that, 35 years ago, in pushing a bill through Congress, which allowed the President to ignore 100 years of precedent and thus to fire and to hire bureaucratic department heads of his choice.