Friday, October 04, 2013
Cry For The Children!
Karen Buondonno, a drone researcher at the Federal Aviation Administration for 23 years, used to view her job as secure. That sense of safety has eroded, she said, a casualty of three furloughs since 2011. ...As opposed to the private sector, where everyone is guaranteed yearly raises, benefits, retirement, sick pay, and lifetime job security? But wait, there's more (H/T Small Dead Animals)
“It’s no job security,” said Lytle, who lives in Waukegan, Illinois, and took online classes and finished her bachelor’s of science degree in environmental management and policy earlier this year. She hasn’t been able to advance her career because of a dearth of openings, she said. “If you’re trying to do something, go into other fields, don’t go into a government agency, it’s not worth it.”
But lately, civil servants are more often castigated as overpaid bureaucrats. President Barack Obama sent a letter to federal workers on Tuesday lamenting that they have been treated as a "punching bag" and caught up in Congress's disagreements.Won't they have a shock when they find out what wages and benefits have done in the private sector? Median real household incomes in the private sector are falling hard, and government pay is bucking the trend for the nation. Even nominal median household incomes have only rebounded to about the GR highs (2008) (Sentier data):
Perhaps as a result, more and more dedicated civil servants are looking to leave government and find a job in the private sector.
"Most people I know are looking for new jobs," said one Defense Department employee who requested anonymity to speak openly.
Nor does this info depend on ideology - here's Ezra Klein on the topic.
It is not that I am happy that these people are experiencing worries and cash flow difficulties, but I am awed at the complete idiocy of what they are claiming - that the federal government will be deprived of their brilliance due to a desperate escape into the private sector in search of rising wages and long-term security.
There is a problem in DC, and what we are seeing here exemplifies it.
I really don't have empathy for anyone living in delusions.
= The NEW definition of chutzpah.
(The old definition was: a kid kills his parents and at the trial begs the court for leniency "because after all, I'm an ORPHAN".)
Ha, she thinks Jeff Bezos guarantees lifetime employment?
Talk about shocked and surprised.
17% of the government shut down and you'd think we are unable to wipe our butts without them.
One fails to weep. One fails to mourn.