Ronald Reagan’s take on economists holds up pretty well:
“It seems a surgeon, an engineer, and an economist were arguing over which was the oldest profession. The doctor said, ‘It was medicine, because it was a surgeon who took the rib from Adam to make Eve.’ ‘No,’ answered the engineer, ‘because it was an engineer who brought order out of chaos.’
"But the economist had the final word. He declared, ‘But surely it was the economist who caused the chaos!’ ”
— from James C. Humes, “The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan” (2007), p. 136.