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Samuel F Doucette
Mark, I know this is an old but ever-interesting discussion. I too have noticed that resentment. I believe it tracks to the relative health of the private sector economy and the age-old human condition of jealousy and envy. When unemployment is low and the private sector economy is booming, then those who work in the private sector smugly look at us and snicker, "They couldn't make it in our world so they work for the government." When the economy tanks and the unemployment rate rises, these same people then act in the way you describe. At least some of them. I don't mean to over-generalize.