All I know is that I'm not paid to loaf around at home. Must be nice.
It used to be that government employees were paid less than the private sector, but could expect better job stability, as private sector jobs are based on the whims of the marketplace and whether that company can sustain a profit. Government on the other hand, had less of our money, but would never close if the failed to make a profit, as they weren't setup to make a profit in the first place.
Now, government over taxes, way over spends, offers employees much better wages and benefits than the private sector, and all these government employees are politically vested in the party that made this happen (explains why Northern Virginia is turning a once solid Southern state of Virginia into another Maryland).
Since almost all government employees are bureaucrats and many are unionized, they have a thousand ways to put “pressure” on the rest of us to sustain their quite comfortable situations. In other words, we now work for them in the form of our tax dollars that pay their benefits and salaries, and any efforts to join TEA parties, fight back, etc., are met with bureaucratic government measures, like spending money they don't have to barricade open air public monuments...
Given all this, I would like to see this shutdown go on for a year or more. And when finally over, a Constitutional amendment written to prohibit government employees from unionizing, and set their wages to a level perpetually tied to 5% less than the marketplace equivalent job.
Not that difficult to do.
Most Anything in govt. can be defunded.You don't have to kill it just defund it.What if govt. had five million unfunded employees and two million that were funded,it could happen.
Mornin' Larri; Lemme boil that down...
BureaucRAT unions run the country.