I’m a DC transplant. I lived there for 10 years. Anytime I visited outside of DC, I would always be surprised by how people assumed what went on in DC and what really went on in DC.
The past election was hard on the country. People are clearly divided. We moved to Alabama so that could have a less stressful life. Imagine an hour and 15 minute commute so you could pay your rent? Yuck! Everyone has to help heal this nation so my part will be to try to change the way the rest of the country – or at least those I interact with – have a different perception of our Nationals capital.
The first misconception I want to address is that we work hard. I’m talking about everyone. The federal government, the associations that influence policy, the non-profits, the for profits. Everyone really works hard to get the job done.
I have known people who worked in the Labor Department. Few people know that Labor Department employees spend extra hours to make sure the monthly job report is correct and on time. Later, a political party criticized them for inflating the monthly numbers. State Department employees come to DC for training to help promote US ideals when they are assigned overseas. Veteran Affairs employees are often overlooked. The orderly in your grandfather’s VA hospital? He is a federal employee. In short, federal employees are a diverse group who help keep this nation running. Each employee plays an important part in keeping the freedoms we take for granted.
When Congress decides to shut the government, the area suffers. Imagine how a rural area would suffer if a plant got shut down. Things would begin to cripple. This has an effect on the DC economy. People don’t work. They don’t buy things. Other people start to lose money and the cycle continues. However, goods and services from the federal government also suffers. Reports and programs get stopped. It doesn’t just hurt the local economy. It starts to hurt the rest of the nation.
I was always told to join the federal government. I never did. I don’t want to deal with the pay freezes. You also cant count on job security anymore because the government will shut down occasionally.
If we want to change Washington, people need to stop separating the establishment from the everyday folks who are simply doing their job. Most federal workers are great employees. Make sure that the people you send to Washington help them in their work.