Think about any business you frequent: a coffee shop, supermarket, etc. Do business owners employ people they really don’t need to keep the company running? Probably not but for the most part, when it comes to this looming “government shutdown”, we’re dealing with people whose absence really won’t do much to bring the nation to a grinding halt.
The following is the percentage, by department, of federal employees deemed “non essential” during the last “shutdown” in 2013.
Shutting down the government is a very serious thing. People die, accidents happen. You don’t know. Necessary functions can cease.
— Senator Dianne Feinstein, 1/18/18
If you listen to Democrats, the children of illegal aliens are worth inconveniencing the American people and federal employees over, and while some very good people are included within the “non essential” ranks, we also know there are many who are just doing their “20” so they can get the taxpayer-funded pension and customer service is an inconvenience; some of the spending decisions by some of these “non essential” is a scandalous misuse of taxpayer money and to be frank, many wouldn’t be missed.
If there is a shutdown, most of us won’t feel it at all and when they all go back to “work”, many will get paid for hours not worked. So much for the media drama and partisan, political hysterics.
“I prefer to be nonessential. It’s what I’ve always been,” he said. “That’s the typical government worker answer.”
— Washington Times, 9/29/13
Business as usual.