The Swamp sure is comfortable.

The new Census Bureau reporting from 2017 shows that the top five richest counties in the United States were Washington suburbs. (Of the top 20 wealthiest counties in the country, ten are Washington suburbs.) According to the Washington Examiner, “The No. 1 richest county in America is Loudoun County, Va., home to Dulles International Airport and hundreds of federal contractors and agencies. It is also the site of several mega data centers helped into the county by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and current Gov. Ralph Northam.”

Many believe this extreme wealth is due to “double dipping,” inherent to government work:

“The area is not a manufacturing or Internet hub, and instead is the home of much of the federal government. . . . Federal workers in the Washington area earn an average of about $110,000 a year, about $25,000 more than the average federal salary. And that is before benefits like 40 days off, 18 percent retirement matching, and ample health care insurance choices are added in. Many households have two federal workers, and many more have former federal workers receiving a pension now working for federal contractors, “double-dipping,” so to speak.”

Must be nice.

I wish this information could be sent to every American voter before they file their taxes.  Or, better yet, before they cast a vote.

Image Credit: PX Here

Hat Tip: Washington Examiner

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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