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...many federal employees work in Major cities like Washington DC, San Francisco, etc. Whereas the Private workers data doesn't have big city skew as much as Federal workers.

Might it not make much better sense, then, to move a lot of government workers out of the big, expensive coastal cities and into cheaper areas of "flyover country?"

Since the Internet and virtual meetings make it possible for "office work" to be performed anywhere, doesn't it make sense to sell all that valuable government-owned big city real estate and move those expensive big city jobs to smaller, cheaper towns where the real estate and the wages are much cheaper?

With the exception of the cabinet-level and very senior positions, which require availability to the president and congress for questioning, meetings, etc., much of the rest of the Washington, DC, and other large city staff could just as easily perform their work in Dubuque, IA, Detroit, MI, Buffalo, NY, Montgomery, AL, El Paso, TX, Minot, ND, Tupelo, MS, Toledo, OH, Ypsilanti, MI, Topeka, KS, Enid, OK, Tallulah, LA or any other number of cities where jobs and generous government pension money could work miracles on the local economy.

De-centralize the federal government and drain the swamp. Move all those comfy federal jobs (and transfer all those federal employees) out into the heartland, where it would be much cheaper to feed, house and provide offices for them.

It also would serve to reduce the likelihood that the rural, red states would continue to throw elections via the electoral college, since all those re-located federal workers would presumably bring their big city voting habits with them. Moving all the federal workers out into the boonies would help to homogenize the nation and bring us closer together.

;-)

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