Sterling Whitehead

@stevewonder. I think your advice is correct. We govies should remember that we are viewed with distain, especially by the unemployed. I know. I was unemployed for a year at the beginning of the Great Recession. While I agree with your advice, the manner in which it was conveyed is another matter.

The following comment can easily be viewed as an attack: “Deal with it!/You’ll join the millions upon millions of non-government unemployed — and maybe feel their pain!”.

I see both sides of the argument here, but perhaps fewer exclamation points next time would likely get across your point. Exclamation points suggest yelling and possibly anger in online forums.