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I've always thought that getting a job as an expert would be good
work if you could get it. Experts get paid to tell others what to
think. And as often as not, experts are wrong. Remember, weathermen
We have a @#$%load of experts where I live.
I live on a one-way two-way street, which doesn't make sense until
you realize that I live inside the Beltway.
You know the Beltway - "Oh, that's just inside-the-Beltway stuff."
"Is this an issue only for folks inside the Beltway?" "Is everybody
who lives in the Beltway crazy?"
The Beltway is what in any other town is called a loop. That's
because it is a loop. It loops around Washington, D.C. But it is
not called a loop here, because in Washington, D.C., that would
make too much sense. One thing experts don't like is for things to
make too much sense.
Washington, D.C., is crummy with experts because it is jam-packed
with think tanks, which are, essentially, expert factories. As a
result, in Washington, D.C., people do things in ways that no one
anywhere else in the world does them.
Well, except for the French.
That is not just a gratuitous swipe at the French. It is a
conveniently historically accurate gratuitous swipe at the French.
D.C. was designed by a Frenchman, Pierre L'Enfant.
Back then, the area that was to become the nation's capital was a
swamp. That is not a gratuitous metaphoric swipe at politicians. It
is a geological fact conveniently serving as a gratuitous
metaphoric swipe at politicians.