With Obama’s desire to freeze federal pay for two years, it’s worth reminding people that federal workers actually do important stuff. Like ground-breaking research:
Remarkably, more than 50 current or former federal employees have received Nobel Prizes. In fact, about one in four American Nobel laureates have been federal workers. Their contributions have included the eradication of polio, the mapping of the human genome and the harnessing of atomic energy. Federal employees protect our food and drug supplies, manage airline traffic, foil terrorist attacks, care for our wounded veterans, and make sure the elderly and those with disabilities get their Medicare and Social Security benefits. This is hardly paper-pushing.
As I noted in a previous post on this subject, most of the federal workers I deal with are very hard working people–in fact, they’re usually overworked and not given enough resources to do their jobs.