I hope you had a good Christmas this year. Oh, not the presents – but more the time spent with family and friends. Hang onto those memories. We’re all going to need them.

One of my periodically revisited themes as a columnist has been that having our nation’s federal government concentrated in Washington, D.C. – and its support structure on the East Coast – is a recipe for failure.

Well, the failure has arrived. Everywhere but D.C. The economic downturn has illuminated this federal isolation even more starkly. While housing prices in most of the nation have been slammed, they’re doing quite well in our federal government’s suburbs. In fact, D.C. house prices are up 3.7 percent this year. High-paying jobs abound. And those jobs come with all the trappings: great benefits, nice vacations and fat retirements.

The daily “world” that our government “servants” see bears no relationship to the world in which the folks they pretend to “represent” actually live. Government workers commute to work in a cityscape that exists only vaguely in most Americans’ memories. And they make decisions for all the rest of us in true Alfred E. Neuman “what me worry” style.

Put bluntly, the people running things in D.C. are dumber than a pile of dog s—. They know nothing about what their policies are doing to the rest of the country – and they couldn’t care less. Their isolation insures this.

They create trillions of dollars out of thin air, lavish it on their Wall Street banker and broker pals – as well as those around the world – and wonder what the problem is. “Everything here seems fine!” They only see the rest of America from 35,000 feet.

Not only are they stupid; they’re deceitful. They devise global warming and other fantasies to further impoverish the middle class by extorting more money in faux-taxation. (Just what do you think a $50 surcharge on your utility bill for carbon emissions is, if not a tax?)

They start and fund illegal wars. (Congress hasn’t declared one since World War II.) They open the borders to illegal immigration and punish states trying to protect their citizens from the flood of criminals flowing over the border. At the same time, they demand that mosques should be built with public money (New York City) and ensure that public schools embrace Muslim customs, while they terrorize Christians for exercising their faith.

They ignore the Constitution, its protections against unreasonable search and seizure and create a federal police force that demands “Your papers, Herr Citizen,” for public travel. Yes, the World Trade Center was a tragedy, but s— happens. It’s the price we pay for a free and open (at least it used to be) society. If you board an airliner, you need to recognize there is chance, however small, that things may go badly. But how is it the federal government’s problem to sort it out? It’s the airlines’ problem; let them figure out who they’re willing to fly. If the “security” were part of the ticket price, you can bet your last faded, federal reserve note that we would be using the Israeli model of airport security.

Perhaps the most deplorable thing that the dog-poop morons in D.C. have done is to enslave future generations to pay for our profligacy and stupidity today. It’s one thing when you’re talking about infrastructure that’s going to last 50 years. That’s what happened in the last depression. It’s quite another when you’re bailing out bankers and brokers, because “what would the poor babies do without the bonuses?”

Had the banks actually loaned the money they got from the feds and saved the economy, a lot could be overlooked. Instead it went to executive bonuses and to stick taxpayers with the fraudulent loans on the banks’ books that nobody else would buy. And half the banks that got free money weren’t even in this country!

This is what the East’s elite colleges, their propagandistic media and the gated enclaves of inbred D.C. buffoons have made out of America. And it took them how long? Three years?

End the cushy retirements and cut the spending. There should be no such thing as a retirement for any elected official. You get what you pay for, and you see now what America’s generosity has bought. When the inbred Ivy Leaguers see their house prices fall, their jobs disappear and their credit scores axed, perhaps they’ll understand there’s a problem. Before that happens, don’t look for any relief from the government.

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