This shutdown has to make you wonder just how much waste we have in government, so there are 800K furloughed and or out of work. Other than the TSA what else is there an issue with? Yes, I know that there are other agencies and parks that are shut down but seriously, are most people even noticing that things are shut down. I bet we could save millions of dollars just by reducing half these non essential employees, I've seen (sorry I didn't copy the link) of one federal employee who is furloughed who wants the shutdown to continue because he sees the waste first hand and he would like to see them never come back. Biggest problems other than not doing anything other than making plans for their next vacation and weekend they don't do jack and they all know they can't get fired so they don't give a crap and just keep on rolling. THESE are the people that the main stream media and democrats want to the public of their devastation and can't possible continue without being paid. PLEASE! as others have stated, if you or I were to be laid off we wouldn't be getting any assistance from the general public (maybe unemployment) but we certainly wouldn't be getting back pay at some point. There, rant over.
Other than the TSA what is the issue? How about the FBI, ICE, ATF, BOP, DOD all who are LEO by the way, plus a lot of other agencies including FDA, DEP, IRS and more that are not LEO's, I am an essential employee who has to go to work for no pay, I do want more border security so I will suck it up and do what I have to do until it ends.
I think you need to look up what non essential and essential is, just because they are non essential doesn't mean they are not needed, point being is the non essential IRS agents are going back so they can do your tax return, personally I think they should stay out so no one gets paid, I also think that when politicians decide to shut down the Gov, EVERYTHING needs to shut down, everything that the Government has it's hands on, so no social security, no medicare, no welfare, no air travel, no cell phones, NOTHING then it would never come to this, because if it did everyone would realize how big the Gov is and how much a part of their life depends on it. I don't think it should be this big, but it is.
And as for "not doing jack", please go walk a mile in ANY of the LEO's shoes, go on a raid with the FBI HRT team (if you can make the team), go with Border Patrol for half a day and see if you can hang, go with the ATF when the next big disaster hits and you are digging through bodies to find clues or how about just keeping your mouth shut when you have no clue what other people do for a living or while they are at work.