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Mon Nov 13 17:01:07 EST 2017
NYC had discussion of a Belt system of roads back to 1929, and a "belt
line" road across Long Island as early as 1925.
On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 4:43 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Barry Popik has a page on "inside the beltway" (of course):
> He notes a political column in the Washington (DC) Afro-American from Nov.
> 14, 1970 titled "Inside the Beltway":
> ...and there's this 1975 cite from the NYT (also given on the Wikipedia
> page for the phrase):
> New York Times, Oct. 12, 1975, Week in Review, p. 4
> In the White House of Richard M. Nixon, it was said that Watergate would
> become serious only if it “got outside the Washington Beltway.” (...) It
> can be said that the myriad of doubts about the Warren Commission’s
> findings in the death of President Kennedy represent the reverse situation.
> The doubts would never be taken seriously until they were inside the
> On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 4:13 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> > A bit earlier for "inside the beltway":
> > Dallas Morning News, Jan. 28, 1979, p. 6A (Genealogybank)
> > "Carter Comes Out to Begin 2nd Half" [AP wire story]
> > When the week was nearly over, one aide involved in much of the planning
> > observed that "inside the beltway" -- the concrete ribbon of interstate
> > highway that circles that nation's capital and many of its suburbs -- the
> > budget and the State of the Union address are seen differently than they
> > are in the rest of the nation.
> > Also published the same day in other papers, e.g.:
> > Santa Fe New Mexican: https://www.newspapers.com/image/210930101/
> > Port Huron (Mich.) Times Herald: https://www.newspapers.com/image/
> > 210212635/
> > On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 1:27 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >> Bill Mullins found "Inside the Beltway" from November 1980.
> >> It can be found as early as September 1979, and perhaps by the person
> >> may have coined it or popularized the concept.
> >> Richard Pettigrew served as "Assistant to the President" for
> >> beauracracy under Jimmy Carter. When he resigned, he lamented the
> >> difficulty of what Trump would call "draining the swamp," or Hannity
> >> term the "deep state," but what Pettigrew referred to as "the turkey
> >> or the "'iron triangle,' that unholy alliance of special-interest
> >> members of Congress and middle-level bureaucrats whose careers depend on
> >> the continued existence of a federal program, no matter how poorly run."
> >> He also explained "inside the beltway." The editor included the full
> >> description, as though it was not then a current idiom:
> >> One of the first things he learned was that the nation was divided into
> >> two parts: "inside the beltway" (the beltway is the interstate highway
> >> circling Washington and its suburbs) and "outside the beltway." Inside
> >> beltway are Congress and the federal agencies. Outsie the beltway is
> >> rest of the United States.
> >> Tallahassee Democrat, September 23, 1979, page B8<
> >> https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15094969/tallahassee_democrat/>.
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