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McLean Deluxe

Posted by Victoria Reynolds | Posted in Virginia | Posted on 28-09-2007


For those who hold continuing fascination with the role that McLean, Virginia plays as the epicenter of our nation, I point you to today’s “Washington Journal” on C-SPAN.

First, Brian Lamb reads this from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on Newt Gingrich:

The former U.S. House speaker and Georgia congressman from Marietta said if he joins the race, he would announce his bid from Chattahoochee River Park in Cobb County and would base his campaign here —- but he wouldn’t change his current McLean, Va., residency.

Then Brian immediately takes this call from … McLean, Virginia:

My comment is probably going to cause a ruckus, but, you know, when I go to the store in Mclean, I shop. the food prices don’t affect me at all, but I see a lot of these people with these cards, state cards, and I guess they’re struggling.  And the thing is, they sit here and buy all these high-dollar foods, and it’s going on taxpayers’ money, so the demand on all those foods is higher and higher and higher and higher. And these high-dollar foods cost lots of money to transport and prepare and everything. And, you know, I’m not saying people need to not buy them as much, but if you want to eat these prime ribs, then you’ve got to be a little bit more responsible for your own living instead of relying on the state government to pay for your extravagant lifestyle.

I’m not sure I can relate to what the caller is saying.  As I’ve pointed out before, I live in McLean, but in the poor, working-class, Sephardic section of town.

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