Maybe this is the conclusion of the WaPo story series highlighting how the DC real estate tax office made a hugh PR blunder. Even small* government (* – here, meant to mean government on the scale of a city) expands to control all aspects of life and in the course of so doing becomes disgusting. Such is the nature of power over others.

The commenters seem to get it:

Good job Post, bad job DC.


Thanks Washington Post for smoking out the bad guys.

Though the above comment fails to make explicit who the bad guys are, namely the DC government.

and finally,

And, let us all remember: Gray and the DC Council were made aware of these outrages last year and chose to do nothing until this article was published a few days ago.