I certainly think there are a lot of Federal employees who don't have much of an idea of the financial risks employees in the private sector face and therefore don't "get" why the public isn't so upset about the sequester.I think many federal/state employees are aware of the financial risks for the public sector. That's part of the reason they went into government work, they were willing to take lower pay for greater job security. If a person is in a position where they earn less then their private sector counterparts and then take a forced pay cut...well then you have all the best people leaving government service for private sector or other governments (that aren't having cash flow problems). So now the budget has been slashed (yea!) but in a few years productivity has really dropped (boo!).My husband could earn a lot more in the public sector then he does working for the state, but he liked knowing he was contributing to society and that there was job security and decent benefits. Those benefits have been chipped away over time, he's done the forced furloughs in the past, and he's beginning to wonder about that job security in the future.Lara Amber
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