You couldn't write a much more accurate post about the DC area, at least not from my perspective. As for the Bethesda restaurants, well, I'm too busy getting reamed by the rest of the city to have any idea what those are like.
If you want to be self-important though, you won't be alone.
As for Metro, it's great if you live near a line and want to get into the city, but god forbid you live inbetween two spokes further out and want to go around in a circle. All the way in, all the way out. The proposed 'purple line' is supposed to help, but we'll see if that happens.
But you're right about one thing, traffic is such a death-defying pursuit of hellish proportions, that if you value your sanity, you best make sure you get a job where you can make the commute easily. We're personally in the unfortunate situation of not easily being able to afford it.
Oh, and if you're on the Maryland side, don't even think about public school unless you're loaded. (Housing bubble, grumble grumble)
The gaming industry is getting pretty massive in terms of the money that goes through their doors. I've sat in on state lobbying meetings and heard spiels about tax dollars and jobs crossing state lines of such and such subsidy isn't maintained.
I've also heard that if such subsidies and favorable laws are maintained, sweetness and buttercream will come, with jobs for constituents and parades for congressmen.
Once the video game industry figures out that this is a pay to play system like telecom, the RIAA, and the studios have (or the studios move to gaming) we'll have less of this kind of legislation.
So I guess Osama Bin Laden's 'friends' page makes a good place for the intelligence agencies to start their work.
Given the general technical superiority the U.S. has, I suspect not everyone thinks this is bad.
Ways to infiltrate terrorist groups
Option #1, send agent into caves of Afghanistan
Option #2, recruit armies of men pretending to be teenage girls to pretend to want to kill American infidels.
Option #3, Send police offers to peace activists (Hey, works for Maryland coppers).
(age, sex, location, target)
"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."