On the flip side, since I also get the privilege of managing multiple contracts (with no extra financial incentive), I get to see how the private sector works both within its own structure as well as with the government. I get to see how a contractor charges the government $10,000 for a component that I could buy from the manufacturer for $4,000. I get to see how some contractor who does the exact same work as I do with less experience gets paid almost 75% more than I do. I also get to see, because of the sequester and reduced funding for contracts, how contractor employees will try to negotiate with their management salary cuts up to 50% just so they don't lose their jobs due to less funding. Again, I'll reiterate that people are willing to take pay cuts up to 50% so they aren't without a job (hint: this relates to what we were discussing earlier.)
I get to see all of this Jack and none of it matches up to what you read on your blogs and in your textbooks. The real world operates in a vastly different way than your theoretical models that you work on. If people wanted jobs, they would get a fucking job. If people want to be picky about what jobs they get, then they can drop off the market, dive into their retirement accounts, and not even be a statistic in the books. That's their fucking choice and no one but them should be held accountable for it. You can dwell all day in your ivory tower (or more likely all day under your ivory bridge), but don't pretend to know what you are talking about when there are those who see it everyday and know exactly what it's like.