We hear a lot of news stories that talk about “inside the beltway.” I think most of us know that this refers to the Washington, DC area. The beltway is I-495. The Potomac River flows through Washington and is the state line between Maryland and Virginia. In addition to DC, the beltway includes part of the Maryland cities of Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park and Hyattsville. Some of the Virginia cities partially inside the beltway are Alexandra, Annandale and Arlington. The nearest big city outside the beltway is Baltimore, MD to the north east of DC.
There are a lot of people moving in and out of the beltway on a daily basis. Major highways leaving the beltway are I-395 going south to Springfield, VA, US 50 going east to Annapolis, US 29 going north, US 1 running northeast to Baltimore and I-66 going west. I-95 runs though the beltway from the south and into Baltimore, I-270 goes northwest and MD 295 is a local road inside Maryland.
The inside the beltway area is about 260 square mile and Washington, DC itself is about 68 square miles. There are about 1.75 million people living inside the beltway. People living inside the beltway are primarily government employees, contractors, lobbyists and corporate media. Things that are scarce inside the beltway are illegal aliens, refugee relocation centers and Trump supporters.
Trump has the inside the beltway crowd scared for the first time in a long time – they fear the gravy train might de-rail. Where has he been? We have been asking for a reformer and here he comes. Republican and Democrat insiders and the national media are quaking. Some of us appreciate the irony. A non-political businessman despised by “the haves” and the takers has arrived to repair or blow up our broken political system. This may be the most fun political year in our history.