Thanks. You have eloquently made my whole point. Having AICP behind your name may just disguise who you really are.Yes, you are right about one thing, if you are going to become an ass kissing, political hack, you don't want to have that AICP designation holding you back. AICP means that you are a planner, serious about being a planner, and that you are experienced and don't suck at it. No one is crying because you are not one of those Rich.
If there is only one thing that my AICP designation does for me, separating guys like me from guys like you , then it's worth it to take the test.