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Washington, D.C. Has Little in Common with Namesake

The Washington Post headline caught my attention: “Federal workers grow increasingly nervous about Trump’s proposed budget cuts.”
That’s a headline that would surely make George Washington smile.
He appointed three commissioners who named America’s then-new capital city for him in 1791. They also called its site the Territory of Columbia, which Congress renamed as the District of Columbia in 1871.
But today, Washington the city has little in common with Washington the man.
Consider: After George Washington beat the British against overwhelming odds, he was so popular, he could have become our king. Instead, he used his ...


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