First of all, there are the thieves and there are the aiders and abettors, accomplices. Thieves --> These are the principals who obtain "pork barrel" spending, legislative "carve outs," and tax breaks from the WH and Congress. Most such people don't even live in the D.C. area. Accomplices -->These are the folks who comprise a subset of the 535 members of Congress, the current member of the WH, and the senior-level appointees who craft regulations to benefit themselves or their cronies. The overwhelming majority of the remainder of the several million D.C. area residents are merely "regular" folks who have decent jobs. It is thus a mistake to conflate and/or confuse proximity to federal power with being party to or a beneficiary of the "illicit"/inequitable wheeling and dealing that goes on the halls, offices, clubs and living rooms of holders of federal power.