"I choose to work for the government because I want to be at the forefront of high-quality, methodologically-sound labor market research and analysis. Minnesota's Labor Market Information Office is the most well-respected in the county. I know the work I do absolutely makes a difference - directly and indirectly - to the lives of Minnesota job seekers and businesses. The question should be: why wouldn't you want to work for the best?"
Most people work wherever they can and have little to no choice in the matter, given other constraints in their lives and abilities.
For most folks, I doubt that the pros/cons of government employment will change significantly, once the dust settles and they consider the alternatives - especially in areas where the government is the only or major employer.
This whole premise is a bit silly. How about you were only temporarily furloughed, not fired, for two weeks, and this was the first time it has happened in 17 years. I'd take those job security odds.
Cruz previously didn't filibuster, he didn't have the votes for that. It was a long "speech" that Reid allowed to happen, but he was never able to continue on indefinitely.
I'd be worried about the moderates who will get voted out by the public due to this issue, not the small biased districts who will continue to raise hell, and get nowhere.