Yes, I understand. We can talk about government policy in the big picture, but we have to keep in mind that real people are affected by the decisions. You’re right.
I think one of the issues is that Washington DC is a company town. Like any company town, any financial uncertainty or unplanned interruptions has a significant impact on the town’s residents.
One of the best things that happened to me was being laid off from my first professional job (although it didn’t feel like it at the time). The experience forced me to learn the benefits of an emergency fund, etc. I hope that some of the federal employees who didn’t have the savings to pay their rent also learned from the experience, so they’ll be better prepared to ride out unforeseen circumstances in the future.