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View Poll Results: Do you consider Washington, D.C. the nation's and world's most powerful city?
Definitely, yes! 13 27.66%
No. 34 72.34%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-04-2008, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Live in VA, Work in MD, Play in DC
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Not by a long shot. New York is the most powerful (in the U.S. anyway) because of its influence over the economy.
So, uhm, if DC decides to regulate/deregulate New York's finance industry, New York wouldn't be obedient?
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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So, uhm, if DC decides to regulate/deregulate New York's finance industry, New York wouldn't be obedient?

Not if it got out of hand!
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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So, uhm, if DC decides to regulate/deregulate New York's finance industry, New York wouldn't be obedient?
It goes both ways. Without NYC's economy, America wouldn't be nearly as powerful and rich as it is today.

DC is the most powerful in the world politically, but New York is the most powerful in the world in general leading business, commerce, finance, culture, sports (depends), media, international affairs, etc.

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Old 11-05-2008, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Dorchester
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Would you consider Washington, D.C. the nation's and world's most powerful city? If so, what qualities make this true? If not, explain why.
It is the seat of our government.
Do you really need this explained to you?
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Live in VA, Work in MD, Play in DC
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It goes both ways. Without NYC's economy, America wouldn't be nearly as powerful and rich as it is today.

DC is the most powerful in the world politically, but New York is the most powerful in the world in general leading business, commerce, finance, culture, sports (depends), media, international affairs, etc.
Like how Wall Street looked towards the government to bail them out of their bankruptcy, which DC allowed by giving them hundreds of millions of dollars of my money, your money, everyone's money?

And then one of those companies right away decided to go on a million dollar spa resort getaway and hunting trip? Right after getting my money, your money, everyone's money?
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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First of all Washington D.C. is not a city
second of all No
Sure it is. It's the Federal City. Make no mistake where our military strength and brains derives.
The Federal City in its Early Days
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:51 AM
 
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So, uhm, if DC decides to regulate/deregulate New York's finance industry, New York wouldn't be obedient?
And as New York's markets see instability, people in Washington D.C. re-evaluate their financial portfolios and witness the dramatic impact that they have on their lives.

D.C. was pre-ordained and built as a capital of a country -- solely with investment by (and eventually for) every American. NYC evolved its own strength over decades and its financial, cultural, social impact is felt worldwide. DC certainly has massive political influence, but its cultural, soci-economic, etc., influence is nominal when compared with NYC, Chicago and a handful of other US cities.

D.C. is incredibly important, but on the whole (all aspects-- not just political), it is nothing compared to NYC.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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Of course DC is.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Live in VA, Work in MD, Play in DC
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And as New York's markets see instability, people in Washington D.C. re-evaluate their financial portfolios and witness the dramatic impact that they have on their lives.

D.C. was pre-ordained and built as a capital of a country -- solely with investment by (and eventually for) every American. NYC evolved its own strength over decades and its financial, cultural, social impact is felt worldwide. DC certainly has massive political influence, but its cultural, soci-economic, etc., influence is nominal when compared with NYC, Chicago and a handful of other US cities.

D.C. is incredibly important, but on the whole (all aspects-- not just political), it is nothing compared to NYC.

Could you not argue that the current worldwide financial instability was nurtured by short-sighted economic policies coming from terrible leadership in D.C.?

Yes. D.C.'s power was pre-ordained and not evolved like New York's, but it is what it is. Power. And that power has long-reaching effect in everything from economics, social concerns, foreign relations, culture, etc.

What if the government decided that the best way to combat our financial crisis is to do away with the Federal Reserve System, create a "National Bank" like so many argued during the early part of our history, and put this new National Bank and all of its economic power in Chicago. Chicago would gain immense influence over the economy of the U.S. (and possibly surpass that of New York), which seeps out onto the world.

That is why the decisions in the government are so important. And why it's so important to make the right decisions in the government.

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Old 11-05-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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I guess you can say "it is what it is" -- I just see it differently. Yes, I suppose DC is a most powerful city but simply because the keys to government and the instruments of power and military might reside there. However, it's there because it serves the US as a whole. DC is "there" -- but for the US.

Ultimately, it's a circular argument and not one that's much fun to argue.

I'm in agreement with your last point though. Until yesterday, I'd forgotten (or at least had forgotten to care) that governments are empowered to make good decisions.
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