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by Katie Pyzyk | December 11, 2012 at 8:40 am | 2,671 views | 138 Comments

Old Post Office Property Vote Tonight — This evening the County Board is scheduled to vote on the property at 1720 S. Eads Street in Crystal City, which used to be a post office. The proposal before the board is to re-zone the property and build a nearly 211,000 square foot residential building. County staff members recommend the Board approves the measures.

Food Stamp Use Doubles in Arlington — The number of people receiving food stamps in Arlington doubled over the past decade. That’s lower than the number of people in Fairfax County (triple) and the city of Alexandria (quadruple). The spike isn’t just due to the recession, it’s because more people are now eligible for food assistance. With expanded eligibility it’s estimated that half of the food stamp recipients now live above the federal poverty level. [The Arlington Connection]

Items with Arlington Logo on Sale — If you’re looking for holiday gifts, now is a good time to give the gift of Arlington — at a discount. The official Arlington County Shop, which is located in the Plaza Branch Library (2100 Clarendon Blvd), is holding an end of the year sale. Items such as shirts, hats, pens, water bottles, golf balls and USB thumb drives all feature the Arlington logo and are marked down, some as much as 50%. [Arlington Public Library]

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  • novasteve

    Funny how people can “afford” to live in arlington, but can be on food stamps. Perhaps if they didn’t “spend” so much on their housing they would be able to afford FOOD? Perhaps I should move to a place I can’t afford to, then go on food stamps because I have so little money left over even after the taxpayers subsidize my rent? They should also pay for my food due to my choice of where I want to live!

    • Brian

      I doubt people in $900K houses are on food stamps. It’s probably those people in ‘affordable housing’.

      At least I hope so

      • novasteve

        Well they obviously still can’t afford to live here if they are on food stamps. There’s nothing cheap in arlington. Even with subsidies, which I pay for, it’s still not cheap. There are much cheaper areas where someone could live where they would have enough money for food. So the question is, why should the taxpayer fund someone’s choice to live in a place that’s so expensive for them they are on food stamps?

        • SteamboatWillie

          And the other question is, and always has been, when are you making good on your promise to leave Arlington? You bleat constantly about how you despise this place so much, yet you still stick around, seemingly just to complain.

          Maybe you would be happier living 50 miles west of here, where you could cuddle every night with vintage George Allen campaign signs.

          • novasteve

            I bet you’d miss my taxes that funds your handouts so you can buy votes though.. Maybe more leeches can move to arlington so you can have a feel good moment? Maybe you should pay for taxes. Just voluntarily send more in to help pay for it all?

          • drax

            No, we wouldn’t miss your taxes, steve. Please go. I’ll even help you load your stuff.

          • novasteve

            Wouldn’t arlington be less diverse without me?

        • Karen

          Maybe they live in Arlington because they rely on public transportation to get to their job. If you don’t have a car, its a bit hard to commute into the city from the exurbs.

          • novasteve

            Wouldn’t it be cheaper to commute than pay a lot more to live in closer?

          • drax

            Nobody is forced to live here and rely on all the good things we have, Karen. Steve does nothing but complain, including about Metro service.

          • Karen

            It’s not cheaper to commute if you can’t afford a reliable car and gas!

          • novasteve

            Karen, perhaps then a certain administration might want to do something to get cheaper gas for the poor people so they can afford to live in a place? Especially rather than wanting to actually raise gas prices like the EPA stated so that the planet can be saved??

          • Skyline

            I don’t buy it. It’s a bit hard, but not impossible. I rely on public transit to get to work in Arlington, but I really live in Skyline just over the county line. I can’t afford to live in Arlington, but my bus fare to and from Arlington is exactly the same as it would be if I lived in Arlington and commuted within the county. And there are a ton of bus lines right near me, so it’s really no more difficult than riding public transit in Arlington. In fact, my commute is easier, given the number of bus routes by me, than it would be in a lot of the places in Arlington served by only a couple of routes. For instance, my bus service is better than it would be if I lived in a neighborhood off of, say, Glebe, George Mason, or other major Arlington roads. And Skyline is a heck of a lot cheaper than most areas of Arlington when it comes to rent. People can move even just a little bit further out and spend a lot less money but still be able to get from one place to another without too much effort.

        • Karen

          Perhaps they live in Arlinton because they rely on public transortation to get to their jobs, and don’t have a car to be able to communte into the city from the more affordable exurbs?

        • jackson

          How many people do you come in contact with everyday who have low-paying jobs? The person who makes your coffee, bags your groceries, etc. Sure, make them all move where they can easily afford to live. Now who does those jobs? What? Now businesses have to pay more to attract people to do these jobs? And the cost is passed on to the customer? You pay for subsidies everywhere. Get over it. Walmart and oil companies get HUGE subsidies. Food stamps are a tiny fraction of those.

          • KalashniKEV

            This argument doesn’t hold any water.

            I’m supposed to pay some gent’s way because if I don’t… he won’t make it to work on time??? Or he’ll work somewhere else and I’ll be denied the pleasure of his service?

            Why doesn’t the next-higher-up person pay my way in life? Maybe we can soak all the “Fat Cat” Capitalists- they won’t be able to afford new top hats, and we’ll get tons of free entitlements. Then we’ll all be better off for stealing from our neighbors.

            That’s PROGRESSIVE…

          • novasteve

            Funnywhen I was at NYU I lived on Long island because I could afford the rent, but I wouldn’th ave been able to in Greenwich Village. Why didn’t someone subsidize me so I didn’t have that commute on the LIRR?

          • Glebe Roader

            Yeah, yeah. We all know you went to school in New York. What’s next? “When I was in Germany …”

          • novasteve

            My point being that I had to live where I could afford, despite that being a long commute with lots of books. Why did I have to do that where other people get someone else to pay for them to live in a place they can’t afford? Why did I have to be responsible?

          • KalashniKEV

            A better and more relevant example is that I lived on the Pike for a few years, saving my pennies, not going out, forgoing fun and travel, and eventually purchased a home in North Arlington.

            IF I had attended “Housing 4 Hipsters” at ARBG back then, I would have found out that I qualified for aid in a certain income bracket (which I was actually in for a short time after leaving the Army). I could have gotten my rent paid then, still had it paid now, and live in the same approximate area with the same standard of living, at an EASY 9-5/ 40 hr job- so long as I didn’t seek greater success.

            That’s also IF I weren’t too proud (or perhaps too dumb) to hit the entitlement needle and shoot up on other people’s money. One good ride and you’re hooked…

        • bubba

          “Subsidies which I pay for”
          I thought developers provided affordable housing as part of their negotiations with the county. Are you a developer?

          • novasteve

            Who do you think pays for the subsidy? The tenants paying full rent are paying for the subsidy, which then raises rental rates and then other land lord can raise rents as well because it will be more like the going rate. So the people who benefit from the “subsidy” are causing other people’s rents to go up, due to their choice to live in an area they can’t afford.

          • KalashniKEV

            Shhhhh… don’t explain it to him!!!

            Just smile and nod and laugh about it later! ;)

      • JamesE

        I use food stamps to get beer, pizza, and froyo.

        • Karen

          Uh, James, the only way you are using SNAP benefits to get those things is if you are buying frozen pizza, frozen yogurt, and root beer at the grocery store. Federal law prohibits the use of SNAP benefits to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or restaurant foods (except in special cases in certain states — MD, VA, and DC not being among those).

          • novasteve

            Given they can use the EBT card to get cash, how can they enforce that? Also, many places that take EBT offer ready to eat foods. You can buy hot food in a grocery store, including hot pizzas. They’ve even had people use EBT benefits at strip clubs….

          • JamesE

            You don’t know the right people

          • Karen

            EBT cards are used for more than SNAP benefits. TANF/cash assistance benefits are also provided using EBT. Perhaps that is how you are seeing people getting cash and purchasing ready to eat foods? Again, Federal law prohibits the purchase of hot, prepared foods at grocery stores using SNAP benefits.

          • Arlington, SSR

            Karen, it’s a known scam where people approach you in the store and offer to buy your groceries for cash (sometimes at a discount). They then use their card to buy your groceries and you give them $100 or whatever. They then spend that $100 on whatever they want. That’s been going on for years.

          • KalashniKEV

            +1000

            You use their EBT while they wait outside the door yakety-yaking on their iPhone. After completing the transaction you hand them cash for pennies on the dollar.

            Don’t ever try to stiff one of these people though. They are violent and dangerous.

          • Josh S

            I’ve lived here for fifteen years, shopped at many of the grocery stores and have never been approached by anyone with this scam, nor have I ever heard of anyone being approached by this scam.
            Therefore, this scam doesn’t exist.

          • drax

            “They are violent and dangerous.”

            Says gun-name guy who has threatened violence on this forum.

          • KalashniKEV

            I gave up violence and danger for abbey ale and froyo.

            It was a smart career move! :)

    • drax

      Not everyone Arlington is rich, or lives in an expensive home, steve.

      • novasteve

        Why should people’s choice to live here be subsidized though? Not everyone is rich, but this area is VERY expensive. Even the cheapest housing is more expensive by far than the vast majority of the country. Why can’t I choose to live in the upper west side and have my choice subsidized?

        • drax

          Did I say anything about subsidizing, Steve?

          • novasteve

            Either way it’s subsidized, either with tax dollars or coercing the property owners to subsidize with rent money. So my rent goes up to pay for someone else who can’t afford to live here.

          • drax

            Why are you talking about this, steve, when I’m not?

        • Josh S

          Choice?
          So every resident of Arlington made a conscious decision to locate here rather than elsewhere?

          • novasteve

            Were they forcibly resettled here? Was there a trail of tears to Arlington?

          • drax

            Are you forced to live in this liberal hellhole, Steve? You keep telling us you’re going to move, yet you never do.

          • Josh S

            Steve, really.
            “Forceably resettled?”
            This is the only alternative you can think of to choosing to live here?

    • Robert

      It is most likely the case that these people have lived here much longer than you and all of your transient friends, novasteve. I suppose you would expect them to leave now that the cost of living in Arlington has skyrocketed in the last decade or so. Many of these people are elderly and simply have no where else to go, or do not want to leave their familiar surroundings simply because people like you have helped to artificially raise the cost of living around here. However, It’s fairly easy to see who you are referring to, and it is probably not the elderly.
      I would suggest you take a deep look at yourself and what you believe in. I have read some of your comments here and have noticed that your own perceived intelligence is somewhat laughable….wise up.

    • Minor Threat

      This guy, every day I check this page, this guy is b*tching about poor people. Man, I can’t wait for the day you need some help to get by. We will all help you pack and to get out of Arlington.

      • Banxy

        Hear, hear! I volunteer to move his heart and humanity. Oh wait — I forgot. He doesn’t have any.

  • sunflower

    “The spike isn’t just due to the recession, it’s because more people are now eligible for food assistance”. which was caused, directly or indirectly, by what? the recession!

    • drax

      No, it could mean the eligibility requirements were changed.

      • OutrageInACan

        There was an article about this last week in the Mt. Vernon Gazette of all places, and it mentioned the increase in people using food stamps in our region is partially just due to the fact that requirements have changed and more people are eligible than used to be.

        • Buckingham Bandit

          Even though I am a fully-employed professional around here (granted, at the lower end of the pay scale as I am young), I would gladly take a check if some government agency offered subsidized groceries. Who wouldn’t?

          • drax

            Lots of people wouldn’t.

          • dr seuss

            It’s called personal responsibility. I very purposefully live within my means so I don’t have to leech off my fellow citizen.

          • OutrageInACan

            People that take pride in being self-sufficient. People that understand that nothing is free, and if you take a handout that you don’t really need, that someone else is paying for in the first place, that means you’re taking it away from someone else that really does need it.

          • novasteve

            I wouldn’t because the more government comes into your life, the more control government has over you. There’s always strings attached even if you ignore screwing over taxpayers. Then they would tell you what you can and cannot eat. They’d have even more incentive to do it than Bloomberg who just does things because he doesn’t approve of the behaviors.

          • novasteve

            I think one of the reasons, and probably the main reason that self esteem is so low these days is because so few people are self sufficient these days. And every day people become less and less self sufficient and more reliant on others or the government, and it takes its toll.

          • drax

            The government tells people when to eat?

            Is self-esteem low these days?

      • sunflower

        I admit to not having read the entire article before posting….mea culpa, I plead lack of sufficient coffee.

        • sunflower

          ….but, werent the eligibility limits in some cases waived (by the state)because of the hardships brought on by the “recession”? (see: Karen’s post)

    • Buckingham Bandit

      Suppose everyone’s real income remains constant, but the government lowers the income eligibility threshold. In that scenario, you have a case where nobody is any poorer than before, but more people are eligible for food stamps.

      • UA

        “According to the Congressional Budget Office, about 20 percent of the $198 billion growth in between 2009 and 2011 can be attributed to the new eligibility standards, and hence will not go away once the economy recovers.”

        • Brian

          God knows we don’t get enough calories in this country

        • KalashniKEV

          It was the 2008 “Farm Bill” which took us from 26 million people @ $33B to 45 million people @ $78B on Food Stamps.

          The concept here is to get as many people enslaved on free entitlements as possible. That way big government gets to take from the productive class what they choose and what they will, and when they feed it back to the citizen in small amounts as they see fit and as a “gift” in exchange for compliance.

          The desired effect is that the citizen will smile, take a pat on the head, and say “THANK YOU!” for receiving money that they (or their neighbor) earned in the first place, before it was stolen by big government.

          • Justin Russo

            The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (“2008 Farm Bill”)? That Socialist George W Bush!

          • wing nut

            I’m amazed that people can actually state without irony that helping people not starve is enslaving them. Bravo!

          • Karen

            Actually, it wasn’t the 2008 Farm Bill at all that increased the number of people receiving SNAP benefits — it was the George W Bush economy which culminated in the Great Recession. Loss of savings plus loss of job = more people in need of help to put food on the table for themselves and their families.

          • KalashniKEV

            “Blame it on Bush” just gets more pathetic by the day… and I strongly dislike GWB.

            The 2002 Farm Bill paved the way and 2008 sealed the deal, and those were both his doing… Obama just received the assist in the creating a large, permanently dependent class of citizen who is drunk off of entitlements and doesn’t even remember what it was like to live Free- in the 2009 Scamulus.

          • Jackson

            Keep watching for the black helicopters.

          • drax

            Kev, please show that entitlement have grown faster than unemployment under Obama.

          • KalashniKEV

            It’s ALL been going downhill since we got a president who cares more about hanging out with Jay-Z than fixing our nations problems.

  • Charles

    Wel, duh, how could the Board NOT vote for something that will increase tax revenue and enrich developers? That it makes Crystal City even more canyonlike and unpleasant for residents will not be their concern, because that’s not the concern of developers.

    • ArLater

      So your argument is that you are unhappy that an urban setting has tall buildings? The nerve! Lets complain that water is wet, the sky is blue and its hot in the summer too! Argh!

      The part that makes CC unpleasent (for some) is that it was laid out poorly decades ago with long winding blocks, one way streets and less commercial space along the streets. It was laid out to be mostly indoors, hence the underground ‘mall’. Developers and the board have a long term plan to reverse that and make it more walking friendly with outdoor spaces and shops like most urban settings found today. The fact that there are currently tall buildings and will be more has nothing to do with it being unpleasent.

      If you do not like an urban setting dont live in an urban setting. Move to the country.

      • dd

        Circular reasoning. This was country–more buildings makes it more urban. Every available open space does not need to be filled.

        “The nerve!”

        • Hadur

          Most of Virginia is “open space”, at least from my urban perspective. Let us have tall buildings in Crystal City, it is not that big of an area for the wilderness to cede.

          • Buckingham Bandit

            Most of Arlington, for that matter, is low-density suburban housing. Take everything north of I-66; you might as well be in Fairfax County.

        • Josh S

          “This was country” – when?
          Population growth is real. You can’t put your head in the sand and wish it away. And on the whole, if your concern is for open space, the preservation of “country” landscapes, etc. then you really do want tall buildings in Crystal City. Otherwise, the growth happens on empty plots of land which are where? – in the country.

          • South Awwlington

            as recently as the early ’70′s along Metrorail corridors and more recently (1980′s) in others sections of the County. Pretty sure the comment was regarding the rather sleepy version of Arlington dotted with SFH’s until the upzoning of the 90′s.

            Did you think Arlington, as is, just sprung from the dirt? You’re smarter than.

          • Josh S

            “as recently as the early ’70′s along Metrorail corridors and more recently (1980′s) in others sections of the County” – what? This is an incomplete sentence. Are you saying that these parts of the County were “country” in those time frames??
            Less dense, sure. But “country?”
            In any case, it doesn’t matter since dd seems to be arguing against more dense development in Crystal City and references open space and “country.” My basic point is that it is far better for open space preservation and “country” to build in Crystal City than, say, Prince William or Loudon Counties.

        • ArLater

          You are right, country, back when the explorers landed. Thats the real issue, immigrants! An urban area across the river from a major city, unheard of!

          • drax

            Arlington is 100% suburban, didn’t you hear?

  • Hadur

    As a Crystal City resident, there is nothing I find more pleasant than additional housing stock in this area. If I hated high rises and urban canyons, I would not have moved to Crystal City.

  • Taylor

    I heard there’s a special sale at the Arlington County Shop on items with the “AECOM Canada East” logo on them. The County attorney says there’s no problem with that arrangement at all.

    • SouthPikeGuy

      “I work for AECOM, and I VOTE!”

  • nom de guerre

    In other news related to AECom, last night the Arlington County Board today adopted guidelines that will permit the County to use the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995 (PPTA). The vote was 4-1.

    http://news.arlingtonva.us/releases/county-adopts-guidelines-allowing-alternative-method-to-deliver-and-finance-transportation-projects

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      We will be reporting on this later this morning.

  • CrystalMikey

    I thought that development was already approved?

  • Chris “I take bribes” Zimmie

    I don’t care about your comments, but you can buy my votes (both of them).

  • Karen

    First of all, as many citizens living in Arlington can attest, living in one of the wealthies counties in the country doesn’t necesarrily make you wealthy.

    Secondly, when they talk about expanded eligibility for food stamps (now known as SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), they are talking about things like waiving the asset test or looseing the asset test requirements or loosening the restrictions on the number of months that an able bodied, childless adult can qualify for SNAP benefits. As a result of the recessstion, many of our formerly middle class neighbors lost their jobs and sources of income. While they may have a house and a car that is paid for, they have no income to pay for life’s basic expenses, like food. Instead of forcing them to sell their house, their car, empty their life savings, etc. many states (and this is a state decision, not a county one!) have chosen to waive the asset test limits to help people get access to food while not also completely pulling the rug out from under them. Similarly, a lot of able bodied adults without children have either lost their jobs or can’t find employment after college. Instead of penalizing these people, Congress opted to waive the restriction that said that they could only receive benefits for 3 months out of every 36 months.

    Third, part of the reason that more people are now on SNAP is that government and non-profit organizations are doing a better job of educating people about their eligibility for the program. Even though record numbers of people are now on the program, largely due to the poor economy, only about 70% of those who are actually eligible for benefits are enrolled in the program.

    And, while I’m on my soapbox, I’ll point out one more thing. Nealy 3/4 of all people receiving SNAP benefits are children, seniors, or adults with disabilities — hardly people who are gaming the system.

    • novasteve

      Yes, make them reliant on handouts for longer and longer. Will have really wonderful results if you are trying to buy votes with other people’s money.

      • Karen

        Reliant?? The average SNAP beneficiary is on the program for 9 months. And really, you’d rather have children, seniors, and disabled adults who are unable to work go without food?!?

        • Tre

          You don’t want to know his answer

        • drax

          Welcome to steve!

        • novasteve

          You have people living on handouts for life these days. If it were just a temporary thing, it would be wonderfun. It isn’t. you have the government now replacing families, and enabling bad decision making because there’s no consequences anymore.

          • KalashniKEV

            +1
            You don’t need a breadwinner anymore. You can take a pinch out of every other breadwinner’s pocket. Bad decision making is actually rewarded under our current structure of entitlements because we don’t force these people to face the consequences of their actions.

          • novasteve

            I meant wonderful, not wunderfun… Wasa typo, not trying to mock people in bad situations. Anyone, even the current wealthy could find themselves on the streets or even in need of TEMPORARY help.

          • novasteve

            The consequences of bad decisions are “spread out”. That’s socialism for you. i have to constantly pay the price of other people’s choices. But in return, I get my life also micromanaged by the government. Really great deal.

          • wing nut

            yes! let them starve! that’s compassionate conservatism for you!

          • novasteve

            They aren’t going to starve, especially if they decide they have to work in order to eat. Ever hear the saying, give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for life? A certain people want to keep these people dependent upon them in order to get a vote and a feel good moment. The problem is, it’s cruel to have humans as pets.

          • dk (not DK)

            If only we could get rid of these pesky child labor laws!

          • Josh S

            This “humans as pets” thing is a fairly twisted way to view the situation. In my opinion.

          • KalashniKEV

            Not-at-all. I pay for the care and feeding of the dependent class, therefore they are my pets.

            The fact that the money is appropriated and distributed with a government face on it just leads to confusion on the part of the entitled- like an addict, they always want more, but because the government acts as the pusher, they fail to see the futility in attacking the supplier.

    • sunflower

      Karen, thanks for this posting–it cleared up many of my questions.

    • bemused bystander

      Karen — Thanks for trying to inject some real information into this discussion. Don’t be discouraged if some keep ranting nonetheless. Some of us appreciate your comments so much that we won’t even quibble about spelling.

      • Karen

        LOL! This former English major is a bit chagrined about the incorrect spellings — but in my defense, I was fired up and typing away! :)

      • drax

        I like how you quibbled about spelling by saying you wouldn’t quibble about spelling. ;)

    • South Awwlington

      @Karen – the point of contention here (which no one seems to address) is the logic of “drive till you can buy.”

      If you can’t afford to buy (or rent) a home here, raise a family, etc…why not go somewhere that you can afford to do this?

      My parents wanted to live in NYC when they were younger. They had kids, couldn’t afford the city life and moved to Pennsylvania. When did this practice get lost and allow folks to declare, I want to live in Fifth Avenue, so make it happen.

      • Josh S

        Not sure anyone is saying that.

  • Ron Swanson

    So let me get this straight… There’s a shop where we can buy merchandise from the county that tax dollars already paid for, that is usually the kind of stuff handed out as free swag at conferences?

    • novasteve

      I’m going to go there and trip and fall on an arlington pen.

      • fred

        HAHAHA…..that’s not funny…

        • fedworker

          yes it is

          • Robert

            Of course, to you it is…

      • parker

        I would actually pay to see that!

  • fedworker

    Instead of selling cheap Arlington swag to the public perhaps AC should provide food stamp recipients with shirts and hats donning the nifty AC logo. The savings in having to buy clothing will eliminate the need for food stamps and be spent on buying items such as alcohol and froyo.

    • fedworker

      And I bet that the cheap schwag was made in China

    • fred

      That’s not funny either…go back to your fly-over state…

      • Sunshine

        Sounds like someone’s a little bit of a cranky pants…fweddy need his wittle diaper changed?

      • fedworker

        but correct.

        • fred

          No, actually, not correct, and still not funny….

          • KatWilliams

            What, you think this is a comedy show? The Improv is at 1140 Connecticut Avenue if you’re desperate for a laugh. And a comedian might actually care if you tell them they aren’t funny, since they’re supposed to be.

    • KalashniKEV

      That’s a great idea!

      Also, the AC Food Stamp shirt could become a kind of uniform for Community Appreciation Day. All of the people living off of assistance could wear them on the first Saturday of every month, and all the people paying that assistance could all compile a list of household chores and minor tasks.

      To show their appreciation for the productive citizens of Arlington paying their rent, food, etc. we could flag them down and they could wash cars, rake leaves, shovel snow, paint fences, etc.

      This would bring out a lot of community spirit and add a healthy dose of VIBRANCY.

      • novasteve

        I want an Arlington shirt that says “Someone needs to pay for this!” or “Somebody owes me!”

        The problem with entitlement mentalities besides the cost to taxpayers is that it meakes people sociopathic. They aren’t even grateful or appreciative that other people have their hard earned money taxed, working jobs they probably don’t like, so that others can get handouts.

        And they aren’t even grateful.

        • SteamboatWillie

          So much anger. So few reply boxes.

        • KalashniKEV

          Awwww c’mon, Steve. You don’t know that. That’s why I propose Community Appreciation Day for those on assistance. I’m not saying it should be mandatory for them to give back, but they should at least be provided an avenue to say, “Thanks.”

          Do you expect them to just straight up say, “Thanks for paying a healthy portion of my rent!” to some productive-looking person on the sidewalk before scurrying up to The Views?

          It would be nice, but those things just don’t happen…

          • Mary-Austin

            I have a feeling you and Steve don’t contribute as much financially as you think you do.
            Any comment on all the defense contractor welfare queens in Arlington who are threatening to make taxes go up on “small business owners” making $300,000 a year?

          • KalashniKEV

            Please explain what you mean by “Defense Contractor Welfare Queens.”

            Then explain why they are as big a threat to America as “Welfare Queens”

            Also, I work for a small business where the owner makes… ummm… a bit more than that. Do you take issue with the NAICS size standards for Small Business? My main concentration is ($35.5M/yr to be small). Have you written a letter to the SBA?

  • Slant6

    Novasteve and fedworker need to catch a different train of thought, or move to the hills.They will be more accepted there.

    • novasteve

      Agree with me or get out!

      Tolerance of a certain group on CLEAR DISPLAY.

      How dare people who dont’ think like you live in your community!

    • slant indeed

      So…conform to the accepted political/social school of thought or else get out? Quite brilliant, slant6.

      • Quoth the Raven

        Excellent! We should all live in homegeneous neighborhoods, where dissent is impossible.

      • Slant6

        If you can’t tell how they have conformed, to a thought process that is clearly, branded, dystopian, and ideological, and then you can’t call anyone brilliant…facetiously or not.
        That is all.

        • wat?

          ?

        • Ayn Rand

          Indeed they have. They are all mine sukkaz!

  • fred

    Now, Kat Williams…is funny.

  • Slant6

    and just slightly misdirected.

  • John Fontain

    Why is Arlington County in the business of selling merchandise? Is this really a necessary function of local government?

    • novasteve

      I think they were meant to be “given away” at taxpayer expense, but now they realize they can sell it to taxpayers for pennies on the dollar.

    • drax

      Probably surplus. Governments sell surplus stuff all the time.

  • Major Pup McPuppo Jr.

    i am so happy to see your name on posts again, steve. missed u.

    • novasteve

      I missed you too puppo.

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