Day #3 of the Federal Government Shutdown.
I am reminded on the streets of D.C. that there are many others hurting and in need.
Pictured here are some hardworking folks striking against "unfair labor" practices.
They're up early and are standing there ready, presumably willing, and able to work.
At the bottom it says, "Employer refuses to bargain in good faith."
With news coming again this morning about continued failure in talks on the government budget (and debt ceiling not far behind), we are left wondering when good faith and compromise will bring 800,000 federal workers back to their jobs.
All these people have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and jobs to perform.
I read this morning how the Federal workers are feeling like "pawns" and "marginalized" like never before.
Perhaps, we can get more done by helping people feel a level of control, valued, and with purpose?
The world is still a big and scary place with lots of dangerous actors and challenging problems.
Rather then political polarlization and indecision, we need to stand firm by a definite set of sacred national values (while compromising on the implementation details), project the strength to defend them both domestically and abroad, and stay fair, faithful, and unwaveringly united to perform our vital role in this world.
To solve large global problems, we need to be able to show that we can manage our own house in order first. ;-)
(Adapted from my blog at www.andyblumenthal.com)