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It's incredibly tedious but inevitable: whenever the government shuts down, federal employees whine about their pay being delayed for a week or so. And the more prominent and better-paid they are, the louder they whine about the "real, direct, and unnecessary harm to Americans" that shutdowns supposedly do.
One caveat here: I am sympathetic to those lower-wage federal employees who need every paycheck on time in order to maintain their basic living standards, and those federal contractors who might lack contract qualifications for retroactive pay post-shutdown. Congress should legislate to protect these individuals.
Government - Employees - Complaints - Hollow
But from most government employees, the complaints ring hollow.
First off, in the D.C. area at least, federal employees tend to take home very good paychecks.
Intelligence - Community - Positions - Sector - Credit
Don't get me wrong, some; such as those in the intelligence community or other high-skill/high-value positions, could earn far more in the private sector and thus deserve credit for serving the nation. Similarly, others such as those in the military and federal law enforcement deserve their salaries on account of the risk premiums they accept.
Yet though it may...
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