Public service jobs need qualified workers. A government shut down is another reason that could be used to go into the private sector. I have a friend who works for the National Park service he doesn't make enough money to live and make student loan payments. He went to graduate school and is well qualified. He already has to work an additional part-time job to be able to make ends meet. He shouldn't be punished because those who control his pay can't put ego and politics aside to compromise. Elected officials are supposed to make decisions that reflects the voters wishes. They are also trusted to make the decisions are hard choices. Workers shouldn't be punished for working in public service.