Shutdown did cause suffering
The assumption that the recent government shutdown did not cause suffering is unsubstantiated. Federal employees encompass a broad scope of government agencies. To say that there is something wrong with them if they can’t make it several months without pay is a cause for concern.
I agree that many are college graduates and I would also say many are paying for student loans and will be for some time.
Most American families live paycheck to paycheck through no fault of their own. The uncertainty of when the shutdown would end resulted in families taking extreme measures to allow them to provide basic needs for their family.
Thanks to many individuals and organizations across the country who stepped up to help. Politics aside, there is no reason government employees should be forced to go without their pay for any length of time.