YouTube - Chris Edwards on pay gap between federal & private workers on CNN I agree with John Derbyshire. It's the private sector that works for the gubmit. The environs of DC have been booming. Booming. My DOT buddy is going to retire at $125K with his two public sector pensions, military and DOT lawyer. He has every other Friday off, too. Additionally, his boss takes a day or two off each week. He says he has co-workers who don't pull their weight, but there's little that can be done. I feel like an idiot. I had a government job handed to me, but I walked away. Now I slave at two jobs to pay the bills and am worried about keeping them, my sanity, and having a decent retirement, which is very iffy. Children, work for the gov't!