We often hear the words "Thank you for your service to America" in reference to elected and appointed government officials, civil servants, and members of the armed forces, all of whom are on the public payroll. Receiving a check from the government is deemed of superior virtue to receiving a paycheck from a private enterprise or self-employment.
Have you also noticed that private firms are open for business when government officials enjoy a paid "government" designated weekday holiday?
Have you noticed that many government officials enjoy security of employment while those in private service can lose their job or business in an instant?
Have you noticed that those who engage in private service are routinely demonized for being selfish, uncaring, and not paying enough in taxes to support government programs?
Something is seriously wrong with this story. Where does the money come from to pay for public service? From taxes paid by those who engage in private service, that's who.
Instead of always praising "public servants," it's time to say a hearty thanks to those in "private service." Maybe the people should demand one day a year in which all those employed by the government say THANK YOU to the people who pay their salaries.