It's a simple statement: if you're a federal employee, then that's the situation you chose to be in. You chose to be in a position that, while it might not necessarily pay as much as comparable private sector work, afforded you a level of job security you probably couldn't get in private industry. And that's fine. You gotta look out for you because nobody else will.
Again, I don't understand the implication that they don't understand the situation that they are in. I don't get it. I've worked closely with civil servants for over 4 years (generally GS13-15) and they seem to have a pretty good handle on their jobs and the relative advantages and disadvantages. They aren't upset because they were confused about what's going on in the world. They're upset because of (1) the way this has been handled, and (2) because taking a 20% paycut would upset anyone in any circumstance no matter what the reason. I don't know your particular circumstances, but I'm sure that, being a private sector guy, you wouldn't simply shrug your shoulders and hold your chin up if you got a paycut or a layoff. You'd worry about your family, your retirement, your budget, etc. You'd say, "this shite sucks". That's normal. Why is it any different because your salary comes from the public coffers (which they pay into as well).
don't look to those of us who have been at risk all along in private industry for a whole lot of sympathy. It's a tough world and decisions have consequences.
I don't think I know anyone who's looking to the private sector for sympathy or wondering "what's the private sector going to do for us". They're wondering when the president and congress will get their shite together.
This post was edited on 3/1 at 10:38 am