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Topic - Stephen Fuller
"Woe is me" is the cry of every bureaucrat in official Washington, suffering under the heavy hand of budgetary belt-tightening that goes by the name of sequestration. But there's actually no sign of cutbacks in the job market in Washington, D.C. The business of government is booming.
Failure by Congress to avoid the "fiscal cliff" could put hundreds of thousands of people across the nation out of work, most of whom don't work for the government and don't live in federal government strongholds.
Acres of flowers carpeting the ground in bold hues might seem more at home in a Monet painting or the land of Oz, but it's a sight that's become a familiar part of the Ethiopian landscape.
Throughout the recession, one major city stood out as an oasis for jobs and growth: Washington, D.C.
Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis, told The Associated Press that travel and leisure spending generates about $12 billion annually for the region's economy, or about $33 million a day in tourism business, with the main draw being the Mall.
"None of this happens all at once," Mr. Fuller said. "You have the initial [federal] cuts, then it works its way through the economy and there's a psychological effect that takes place."