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I stand by my comment:

I hate to be the mean guy in the room (kidding-it's practically my brand) but this media canonization of federal workers and portrayal of them as the most put-upon people in America because of the shutdown is a bit much to stomach. As someone who has been self-employed almost my entire adult life, it's not easy to work up excess sympathy for people in jobs that guarantee excellent benefits, a PENSION, are almost impossible to get fired from and are funded by the coerced largesse of the American taxpayer. Predictably, the first negative comment I received to this tweet came from Virginia, a state that's seen it's per capita wealth skyrocket due to the preponderance of federal workers in it and the above-mentioned coercion.

There are inherent risks in every career, and this is pretty much the only one for a federal worker, and it's not even permanent. They have their benefits. They're going to get back pay. The government won't stay shut down forever (a guy can dream though). The whole narrative that would have us believe these people are living through Great Depression 2.0 isn't flying with me. You want financial hardship? Talk to me about health insurance costs in California when Obamacare became law, especially for self-employed people.

I knew the risks going in, though. And I'm a grown-up.