I’m going to let you in on a little secret. To work on Capitol Hill, for the most part, one must intern on Capitol Hill unpaid. Then after a year or two one might get a job as a legislative aide in a Congressional office somehow. The job is paid, but just barely. Yet nearly every young person fresh out of college who works on the Hill lives on Capitol Hill in a smart townhouse with easy access to bars.
If I was a federal worker I think I would definitely be hoping that the GOP and Dems didn’t come to any agreement before Friday. As of now a massive trucker protest is scheduled for the Beltway that day.
* I gave this speech on April 15th, 2009, in Charlottesville, Virginia. I had forgotten about it, but stumbled across it again today. It deserves a post to ACC.