Not ask job applicants about previous criminal convictions.I know more than a few people - well-paid government employees, mostly - who live in the district by choice. The traffic's horrible, the parking situation's a mess, the police department is subpar, the public schools are among the nation's worst, there's a lot of crime, and even in some of the nicest neighborhoods you can't throw an empty bottle of Night Train without hitting a bum. Plus, the place is full of professional grievance-mongers whose main goals seem to be making the town increasingly unlivable and business-unfriendly. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: But, Paco! What about all the cultural amenities? The museums? The restaurants? The monuments? Well, you can live in a place like Northern Virginia, or even Maryland, that provides a more civilized lifestyle than D.C., and you're no more than a half hour from Washington on the Metro if you positively have to visit the Smithsonian yet again. I think having a Washington address must be a prestige thing for some folks - and now that I think of it, everybody I know who does live in D.C. is a liberal Democrat, without exception. Maybe, as liberals, they're simply drawn to the center of government power.
Make "ongoing contributions to a fund managed by a council of community stakeholders" that will provide incentives and support to local small businesses.
Abide by a "code of conduct with regard to its employees' freedom to choose a voice on the job without interference" (whatever the hell that means).
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Why anybody would want to live in Washington, D.C. beats me
Wal-Mart plans to open several stores in the District over the next couple of years, and local "community activists" (read "home-grown socialists") have a few demands (H/T: Overlawyered). Here are some of my favorites: