"It doesn’t seem like a bad living: eating catered lunches, repackaging conventional wisdom for semi-literate politicians, and stroking the backs of the ruling elites ‘til they purr. As my grandpa used to say, the harder you work, the less money you make. Might as well get in while the getting is good."
Washington think thanks made over a billion dollars in 2013. Read about it in The Baffler.