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Tue Sep 6, 2016, 09:07 PM

Move the federal government out of Washington

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/06/opinions/government-departments-should-be-spread-out-price/?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool


"In one bold move, it would bring the federal government closer to the people, reduce the threat a major act of terrorism would pose to our nation's capital, and create new jobs and new infrastructure throughout the country. But, perhaps most importantly, it would renew faith that our government exists not to serve the wealthy or the connected, but all the people.
No, not the White House nor the Congress, but the rest of the federal government, namely the Cabinet departments and large agencies that have grown up around the Beltway, should move and disperse. There is really no compelling reason that federal agencies and departments remain in Washington, D.C., and many good reasons why they should be relocated across the United States over time."

The key is over time.

This is actually a great idea, and I have been thinking along the same lines. Unlike his recommendation I would consider areas of economic depression for the location that also fits the role. Des Moines is doing well, and does not need the Dept of Agriculture, but perhaps Memphis? Dept of Transportation to Detroit? Department of Energy to Houston? What I don't like is wasting existing infrastructure.

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Response to exboyfil (Original post)

Tue Sep 6, 2016, 09:28 PM

1. Branches of the Federal Government exist

all across the country. I drove past a branch of the National Archives yesterday in North St. Louis County and in downtown St. Louis there is a Federal Reserve Bank , A Federal Court and soon to be The New and improved version of Defense Mapping, across the Mississippi River is Scott Air Force Base where several commands are located. I don't think moving some offices out of DC would really make all that much difference.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 7, 2016, 09:13 AM

4. Very true.

For example, Chicago has two high-rise federal buildings downtown, as well as a Federal Reserve Bank and a Customs House. GSA also leases spaces for government activities in multiple other buildings. That doesn't even include federal facilities in the rest of the state.

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Response to exboyfil (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2016, 02:02 AM

2. It would inhibit cooperation, free flow of communication,

and cross-pollination of ideas and promote insularity. Lousy idea.

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Response to exboyfil (Original post)

Wed Sep 7, 2016, 02:54 AM

3. Worst idea I have ever heard related to the Federal government. eom

 

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