The unemployment rate in Washington is lower than in the rest of the country. That might be because people are paid to do nothing.
No, I'm not exaggerating. I mean literally nothing. This guy is an NIH scientist, and he's basically had nothing to do for the past several years; the government is paying him $100,000 a year to serve coffee at meetings.
I'm sad to report that my duties are largely the same... although I do get the occasional project thrown my way, it's generally not enough to keep me busy for more than a week or two. And I'm not being paid nearly as much as that guy. I should ask for a raise.