Posts Tagged ‘D.C.’

18th July
2013
written by Sean Noble
This week I had my kids in D.C.  At one point my daughter says, “Hey dad, can we go to Wal-Mart?”  She was dazed and confused that there isn’t a Wal-Mart in D.C.  It gave me a chance to teach her a little about social engineering and central planning.
You see, last week, the Washington, D.C. City Council voted 8-5 to require large retailers to pay their employees a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour.  The newly passed minimum wage requirement is more than 1.5 times the current minimum wage in Washington, which is already $1 per hour above the nationally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
This law was directly targeted at Wal-Mart, who until recently, was planning on opening six new stores in D.C.  Wal-Mart told the City Council that the passage of this law would force Wal-Mart to vacate its plans to build at least three stores in the area.
Sure enough, the City Council took the opportunity to crush thousands of job opportunities and affordable retail options for D.C. residents.  Many on the Left, including unions, are claiming victory that Wal-Mart will not be “disrespecting” D.C. residents with “low-paying” jobs.  Council members and political groups alike gloated that they had defeated the large business and that city did not need the large company to help create jobs.
Mona Charen of NRO refutes their baseless arguments pretty easily:

“That must be why the unemployment rate in D.C. is 8.5 percent — and 20.3 percent among blacks. That must explain the 37.8 percent unemployment rate for black teens, and the 43.3 percent rate for black male teens. It would explain why about a third of the District’s residents are currently receiving food stamps, Medicaid, or welfare — and why more than 18 percent are living below the poverty line.”

Sure, Wal-Mart isn’t a dream job for most people, but what about the D.C. residents who are just dreaming of a chance for a job?
Mayor Vincent Gray has to sign or veto the bill within 10 days of its passing.  So far he has committed to neither.  If Mayor Gray signs the bill, Wal-Mart will scrap its plans for three stores, and the plans for the other three will be left teetering in the balance of what to do next.
And my daughter may not have a Wal-Mart to shop at next time she’s in D.C.
3rd April
2012
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Maryland primary has already been called for Mitt Romney.  D.C. is expected to go with Romney, as will Wisconsin.

Rick Santorum is out of reasons to stay in this race.  Gingrich isn’t even worth wasting time on.

[UPADTE]

Romney has won huge in D.C. and will have a strong win in Wisconsin.  The fat lady continues to sing.

[UPDATE]

We now have the biggest break in the primary election season – the next elections aren’t until April 24, and full three weeks.  Yes, Santorum leads in Pennsylvania, but what’s the point?  Assuming Santorum can maintain his lead there, which is a big assumption, Romney will win Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Rhode Island.

 

 

15th November
2011
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new pizza place recently opened up in downtown D.C.  District of Pi.  It’s only a few blocks away from Match Box and as a colleague commented, they are likely not too happy about it.

I tried it out, and was very, very impressed.  It has a great atmosphere, great location and excellent food.  I’m not usually one to tout an eating establishment (the exceptions would be PF Chang’s, Ted’s Hot Dogs, Five Guy’s Burgers and In &Out) but this is right up there with those that I make my regular habit.

If you are in downtown D.C., you can’t go wrong ordering a pie from District of Pi.

10th February
2010
written by Sean Noble

This is outside my door in D.C. It’s impressive snow, even for a kid from the White Mountains of Arizona.

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6th January
2010
written by Sean Noble

I went into a Subway in D.C. tonight and bought my regular, six-inch double meat turkey on honey oat with lettuce, tomato, olives, cucumbers, pepperchinis (called banana peppers back East) vinegar, salt and pepper.

They rang up the order and then added $0.05. I asked what the extra nickel was about and the Subway worker said that D.C. had passed a “bag tax” on retailers and take-out orders. Apparently, D.C. passed a tax on plastic bags to save the Anacostia River.

Read all about it here. Let a river run through it.

4th October
2009
written by Sean Noble

Crazy.  Insane. Out of your mind. Death wish. Masochist.

Those were just a few of the things that people said to me when I told them I was taking all five of my kids (ages 15, 10, 7, 6 and 2) to Washington, D.C. for the weekend… by myself.

Because the write up on the trip is more than a 1,000 words, it’s in the Deep Thinking section of this blog. Read all about it here.

4th October
2009
written by Sean Noble

Crazy.  Insane. Out of your mind. Death wish. Masochist.

Those were just a few of the things that people said to me when I told them I was taking all five of my kids (ages 15, 10, 7, 6 and 2) to Washington, D.C. for the weekend… by myself.

My wife had a long-planned weekend away with a friend.  I was originally going to just be at home with them, but then I had a work related presentation and speech in D.C., so the only choice was to take the kids with me.

On Thursday we loaded up and drove to Phoenix Sky Harbor.  We got to the airport in what seemed like years before the flight (I’m the kind of traveler that gets to the airport as late as possible) but it was actually only an hour and 15 minutes.  And guess what? It takes a while to check four bags and get five kids through security. So, we ended up not having all that much time before we boarded.

It was a bit of a mob scene getting on board.  A woman had inadvertently sat in one of the seats that was ours and my 7 yr-old daughter says in her normal voice (read: loud) “Dad, she’s in my seat!”  You know how people get when they are in the wrong seat on a plane, because they really don’t think they are in the wrong seat and so there is always a bit of hubris first, and then they dramatically take out their boarding pass and the expression goes from irritation to embarrassment.  I kept trying to tell her that it was not a big deal, but that was belied by my daughter’s gestures of “what is she doing in my seat” with the “hmphs” and the overly dramatic shrugs, etc. If you know my 7 yr-old, you KNOW what I’m talking about.  Needless to say, it took that woman about 5 minutes to realize she was VERY happy to have moved to the right seat.

The only thing eventful for the first leg of our trip was that when we hit some pretty good turbulence a couple hours into it, my 7 yr-old and 6 yr-old (it was her 6th birthday that day) girls started laughing and cheering, thinking that it was an amusement ride.  The lady across to aisle from me was obviously not a good flyer and she was gripping her seat handles, white knuckled and looking at the girls like they were insane.

One point on the layover in Atlanta: it drives me crazy to drop $8 for a kids meal of chicken strips only to have three of the kids take two bites of chicken, eat three fries, and then while I’m distracted with the 2 yr-old, go throw the rest away.  Argh!

Thirty minutes out of D.C. my 2 yr-old decided that the last thing he wanted was to be seatbelted in, and he screamed, non-stop, for the duration of the flight.  Talk about humiliating.  I kept thinking about that old Bill Cosby bit about Jeffry, the little boy who was a terror on a flight and then right at the end, falls asleep and then as people are getting off the plane they gleefully wake him up “Goodbye Jeffry!”

All this, and we are just arriving in D.C.!

Friday, because of the kids being wired after getting to the hotel and the time change, they didn’t get up until after 11:00, which was fine, because I had a presentation that morning.  We ate lunch at the hotel and then headed to Capitol Hill where the kids got a Capitol tour from Congressman Shadegg’s office, followed by a Dome tour – also arranged by the Congressman.  I worked on Capitol Hill for 14 years and, inexplicably, that was the first time I’d ever done a Dome tour.  It was fantastic and the kids loved it.

Friday evening I had a brief speech to give to more than 2,000 people, which actually went a little better than I had expected.  I spoke right before Laura Ingraham and she says to me, “Don’t steal my thunder.”  Yeah, like that could happen.  She was very gracious before and after, and by the time she had finished the first line of her speech, no one even remembered that there was someone speaking before her.  She gave a tour de force and had the crowd on their feet repeatedly.

Saturday was another late start for the kids – although we got down to the hotel restaurant before 11:30, so we were able to order breakfast.

We drove to Union Station to park the rental car and then took the metro to the National Archives. We timed it just right, because as we were leaving the rotunda where the founding documents are displayed, the line was out the door.  Seeing the actual documents that launched this great nation was literally a spiritual experience for me.  And to share that with my children, helping them understand what it meant and why it was special, only made it better.  Of course, we did also have a conversation about whether there really was an invisible map on the back of the Declaration, thanks to the movie “National Treasure.”

We then went to the Natural History Museum and the Air and Space Museum.  I have to believe that the “Night at the Museum” movies as increased the number of visitors at those museums and maybe all museums. My kids would see a display and start talking about the movie(s) and start quoting lines.  It made it a more memorable experience for them.

We ate dinner at Union Station and then drove to Lincoln Memorial.  We first went to the Vietnam Memorial, found the list of Noble’s who are on the wall (there are nine of them) and went and found the inscription of a Noble who was killed the day after I was born.  It is a sobering experience to see all the names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The Lincoln Memorial was an exceptional experience. The kids immediately felt the importance of it, and were very subdued as we entered the temple that honors the man who held the country together.  There really is no better way to talk about the importance of a man, than in the shrine that honors him.

One thing is for sure – this won’t be the last time all the kids go to D.C.  My wife will make sure of that.

23rd February
2009
written by Sean Noble

For years there has been an effort to give the District of Columbia actual voting representation in the U.S. Congress.  They don’t, because the Constitution is clear in Article 1 Section 2:

The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.

The problem for supporters of D.C. getting a seat in Congress is that D.C. is not a state.

However, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut have a bill that is slated to go to the Senate floor this week.

“I think the votes are there. I think it’s going to pass the Senate,” said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who is sponsoring the bill with Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.).

The trade-off for Republicans in giving the Democrats what will be a sure seat in Congress is that Utah receives an additional seat in Congress as well.  So Hatch and Lieberman are asking Members of the House and Senate to ignore the Constitution to add two seats to the U.S. House.

It’s clearly unconstitutional, and every Member of t he House and Senate should think back to the oath that they made “to uphold the Constitution.”  This is legislation that deserves to be defeated.