Great discussion with Scott about the fact that things are working quite well for the folks in DC of both parties.  Real estate prices are on the rise and the market is booming.  Job growth is good and wages for the political class on the upswing.  The fancy restaurants are full, and there are more highly paid lobbyists than ever.  Meanwhile, in much of the rest of the country, people are still losing their homes and many who aren’t have upside down mortgages.  We all have friends and family among the long term unemployed, or underemployed.  We all know people struggling to pay for increasingly expensive fuel and groceries.  In other words, we live in the real world, and the politicians live in the fantasy land called DC.

If you haven’t yet seen Hunger Games, I highly recommend it.  It takes place in a fictitious, post-revolutionary, modern society where life is a rich, grand spectacle in the Capitol City, and those in the 12 (originally 13) provinces live subsistence lives supporting the extravagance of Capitol City.   It’s a good movie on its own, but one can’t help but draw comparisons to our current plight.

I’ll see if there is podcast of the segment with Scott Rasmussen that I can put up later.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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