"....... in 1981, President Ronald Reagan fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers who ignored his order to return to work. The sweeping mass firing of federal employees slowed commercial air travel, but it did not cripple the system as the strikers had forecast."color> Source
I was not here (nor there for that matter) at that time; and 'world has changed a lot'. I have to ask, "What's all the fuss about, now?"
And if Congress and / or any of its individual members claim that they are carrying out the wishes of the American People, what's the price of that bridge you have to offer?