- Posted October 3, 2013 by
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Furloughed Feds Give Back
This latest debate stirs is the old, and in my opinion ignorant, argument that we’re lazy and overpaid. I mean the words “non-essential” explicitly depict us as useless. For those of us who love what we do, and believe in our agency missions, this is extremely frustrating. Working for the government we have to fight against the stereotypes associated with that work; a daily battle against the viewpoint “good enough for government work.”
We are contributing members of society; many of us are first time homeowners, starting families, beginning our careers. Like the rest of Americans, we have bills to pay, rents, mortgages, car payments, student loan debt, etc. For the majority of young federal employees, this shutdown is crippling financially, the ripple effects of which will be felt for a long time. We are proud, and the idea of applying for government assistance now feels a little like a failure.
I know we will survive this. In the meantime, yesterday some of us decided to put our unwarranted time off to good use. A group of furloughed young government employees, working for different agencies, volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank. With other volunteers we spent hours sorting meats which will feed thousands of families in the Greater Boston area. We are public servants, and we will continue to improve the world around us.
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