Your tax dollars pay for three retirement components for every federal worker.
Federal employees are deserving employees, but don't get too emotional over the temporary government shut down that furloughed 800 thousand of them. They are only experiencing a short term setback that 16 million have experienced, some for more than 2 years.
Historically, these non-essential workers have received back pay for days missed while your personal life was interrupted on their behalf and your investments crumbled during former shut downs for a short period of time.
You need to realize that part of the expenses for a federal workforce are retirement benefits that are paid through your tax dollars.
Keep in mind that you are paying for two retirements; your own and theirs and that's the argument for a smaller government. Eventually, there aren't enough people in private employment to pay the bills.
Your tax dollars pay the dollar matching portion of their government created personal 401(k) plans.
It was established by Congress in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private companies offer.
Wipe away those crocodile tears for now because they work for the government that historically has taken care of itself before you. They're going to get paid anyway.
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