Working for the federal government I once had a strong sense of pride, commitment, and trust. This is not just about money, it is about a complete lack of respect. My job was always my security blanket. I knew that if I gave a hundred percent that I would be taken care of and in turn my family would be taken care of. Previously I encouraged my children to work for the government so that they could have a secure future. Those dreams are GONE! Probably never to return again in my mind or the minds of my children. Once trust is gone it is almost impossible to regain. The government didn't just take the money away from the best and most honest people, they took away the idea and the dream and the respect that once existed in peoples minds. The government will loose skilled workers, necessary workers because many will turn away in disgust and find another way to support their families.This puts our country at risk for all kinds of vulnerabilities, both from within and from the outside. It's like a slap in the face. Many workers have dedicated years of their lives and were held to a higher standard of integrity. I feel disgusted and ashamed of the people who did not support the people. I explained to my co-worker and friend that your work relationship can be compared to a real relationship. If the government is the husband and I am the wife, I feel like I just discovered that I have been betrayed despite all the years of loving service and loyalty. I feel like I am stuck there with no where to go because I depended on the exchange and agreements that we always had. I feel abandoned. No we are all abandoned this week. Please congress if you are listening have some humanity! You are not just damaging this country economically. You have ripped out the hearts and souls of the people that have most loved and supported you. The people who sacrifice their lives for you. The people who are literally withering away like a wilting flower both physically mentally. As we watch from our living room at the pictures of your faces, I see smerking, laughing, and arrogance exuding from your faces. It makes my heart go cold and I drift into a different place in my mind and in my heart. I place my face in my hands and know that I will never think the same again. My love and dedication that I once had has left me and I am left with a very empty feeling of despair.Wake up our spirits again. Bring back the dream. Wipe the smerks of your faces and become humble before it is too late to gain the respect that is needed. It is not only a disgrace and embarrassment it is unforgivable betrayal.
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