From Michael Lewis’s The Big Short:
“You know how when you walk into a post office you realize there is such a difference between a government employee and other people,” said Vinny. “The ratings agency people were all like government employees.” Collectively they had more power than anyone in the bond markets, but individually they were nobodies. “They’re underpaid,” said Eisman. “The smartest ones leave for Wall Street firms so they can help manipulate the companies they used to work for.
Where does it come from, this idea that people whose employer is the city, state, or nation are made of inferior stuff? What is the “difference” Vinny perceives between the person helping him at the post office and the teller at his bank? Does he really get worse service at the DMV than he gets from United Airlines? Does he not have cable?