Official Washington D.C. Pac-Mans the rest of the country

24 Sep

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART: One might wonder what the game of Pac- Man and the many headed hydra, a marsh serpent with nine heads, each of which, if cut off, grows back as two, of D.C. have in common with each other. Well, this is what is what Mr. Iwatani said about the creation of Pac-Man:


What was it that made you first think about creating PAC Man? Did you just randomly think about it and boom you created him or was it a work in progress and if so what steps did you have to go through in order to create him? (via Sophie Louise Cadman)

Mr. Iwatani: Back then, the popular games in the Japanese arcade game centers were mainly alien shooting games. The arcades were filled with male players. I wanted to brighten up the atmosphere by drawing in women and couples. For that to happen, there needed to be a game for that audience. When it came to women’s interests, I thought of concepts based on fashion and love stories but ultimately ended up with the idea of “eating”. While brainstorming on the idea of “eating”, I picked up a slice of pizza and saw the shape of what was to become PAC-MAN. The idea flourished into the chomping motion, enemy ghosts, and into a maze game.

The goal of Pac-Man is fairly simple, to eat as many pellets as possible. This goal brings us to what is going on in D.C.

Ross Douthat has written the interesting opinion piece in the New York Times, Washington Versus America which is the kind of piece which says, I knew that, but I wish I didn’t know that. Douthat opines:

Last week, new census data revealed that 7 of the 10 richest American counties in 2011 were in the Washington, D.C., region. Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington Counties, all in Northern Virginia, have higher median incomes than every other county in the United States.

Whence comes this wealth? Mostly from Washington’s one major industry: the federal government. Not from direct federal employment, which has risen only modestly of late, but from the growing armies of lobbyists and lawyers, contractors and consultants, who make their living advising and influencing and facilitating the public sector’s work.

This growth is a bipartisan affair. It’s been driven by the contracting-out of government services under both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush (as Andrew Ferguson put it in a wonderful Time magazine essay on the new Washington, “government hasn’t shrunk; it’s just changed clothes”); by the Bush-era security buildup, whose ripples are spreading to this day (witness the new Department of Homeland Security facility intended for still-impoverished Anacostia); and by the bright young college graduates who flooded the city at the dawn of Barack Obama’s presidency and the lobbyists who followed to claim a piece of his attempt at a new New Deal.

So, while the rest of the country faces these numbers:

US National Job Trends – August 2012


Change in Job Openings

  • -70,100 Job Openings
  • -1.7% month-over-month
  • +2.5% year-over-year

Nationwide Job Competition

  • 3:1 Unemployed People to Job Openings

most competitive metros

  1. Las Vegas, NV
  2. Miami & Fort Lauderdale, FL
  3. New York, NY
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. Sacramento, CA

least competitive metros

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Oklahoma City, OK
  3. West Palm Beach, FL
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Minneapolis, MN

top hiring companies

  1. Pizza Hut(39,097 jobs)
  2. Taco Bell(38,162 jobs)
  3. Rph On the Go(25,689 jobs)
  4. CVS Caremark(24,624 jobs)
  5. Soliant Staffing(19,531 jobs)

See, Most Recent State by State Report: Understanding the Economy: State-by-State Snapshots August 2012 (based on July 2012 Data)

The “K” Street crowd and denizens of Chevy Chase and Georgetown are saying, “What me worry?” A truly successful game of Pac-Man. Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address shows how far we have come from Jefferson because of the effects of Citizens United, how far we need to go.

Still one thing more, fellow citizens — a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration

Thomas Jefferson

Inaugural Address

Thomas Jefferson
3rd President of the United States

First Inaugural Address Given at the Capitol Building, Washington, DC
Wednesday, March 4, 1801


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