Politicians often describe Washington as a corrupt place, even as they vigorously
compete to get there. Rather, it is some of the politicians we vote into office who set the tone of our capitol.
When we visited Washington, I did not see the city in the same light as the politicians do. Initially, we went there when our daughter, a student at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., had the opportunity to work at the national offices of the AFL-CIO.
During that year, we visited