LETTER: Value government employees like the mortgage industry

Our “leaders” need to treat the 800,000 government employees and their families in the same manner they treated the mortgage industry. Give government employees and their families the same shutdown relief as the mortgage industry has received.

Why should government employees and their families be hostage to a dysfunctional group of “leaders?” Why should these “leaders” treat government employees and families like pawns, indentured servants, peasants, nothings while the mortgage industry is treated like royalty? Why is it OK for regular, hard-working Americans and their families to suffer?

Surely, you have become aware of the hardships, undue stress and anxiety the shutdown has created (right before the holidays, nice touch). Have your debate on the wall/barrier/fence/steel slats, or whatever you want to call it, remembering that there is already nearly 700 miles of wall/barrier/fence/steel slats on the border.

Build it or don’t build it, just do not use government employees and their families as leverage.

They deserve better; treat them with dignity; take them out of this fight and pay them; give them shutdown relief. You know, just as you did for the mortgage industry. Treat these public servants and their families like the mortgage industry — the same one bailed out with taxpayer money because they were too big to fail … and all they had to do was a little lobbying?

Let us not inconvenience them or keep them from their profits. They have mortgage payments to collect, payments many government employees and their families will struggle through without a paycheck. The 800,000 government workers and their families are asking you to give them the same consideration given to a big business lobby.

Quit inflicting harm on innocent men, women and children. Do the job you were elected to do and end the shutdown.

Jose T. Diaz, Mission

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