I just got back from a trip there, and let me tell you my impressions. For the record, I grew up in the area but haven't been back for several years.
The metropolitan area is bigger than ever, richer than ever, with higher prices than ever and more traffic than ever. Home values never dropped. There is no recession in D. C. Why all this continued growth? Because the entire community feeds off of federal dollars, and federal government has grown continually since the 70's. New Bureaus, agencies, more staff for existing agencies, etc. The area is rich with salaries that can be grossly inflated compared to the private sector.
D. C. is out of touch with the rest of the country. They live at our expense. Taxpayers pay for their lavish lifestyles.
It's time for them to make the same cuts to their budgets the rest of us already have and give the rest of us a chance at growth! That will never happen if we continue to be taxed at increasing rates (Jan 1 brings Taxmageddon impacting tax rates for every American) and have government-caused inflation and if government continues to grow with reckless abandon, as it has under Obama. We're talking over $5T more added to the total deficit in less than four years.