Over the last decade, we’ve been passengers on the sinking ship that is the US economy. We’ve all seen it happening, but we all share this feeling of hopelessness – feeling like our voices are being sucked into the vacuum of a detached, apathetic bureaucracy.

How many of us have been laid off from jobs because our employers simply can’t pay us anymore? Lots of us.

So, switching gears to government employees – I feel for people who have been laid off due to the government shut down. I do. My dad is a cop and my dad is awesome. There’s nothing wrong with being a government employee. In the same way, there’s nothing wrong with working for a private company. But, there is something wrong with being non-essential. Being non-essential means that you’re wasting somebody’s money – whether it be a private business owner…or a tax payer.

Greg Gutfeld filled in for Bill O’Reily on The O’Reily factor and said, “In a private business, a non-essential employee would be a non-employee.”

Another Gutfeld nugget of wisdom, regarding government employees: “A non-essential employee is what you get when you feed cash into a bloated bureaucracy without ever designating its necessity.”

So, yeah. The government shutdown has sucked for a lot of people. But, what has it taught us? Well, it has taught us that there are a whole lot of Americans that we are paying to be like the office manager at the private company who plays Candy Crush on her phone all day instead of answering phones. We are adding to our unthinkable national debt with countless non-essential employees.

93% (that’s more than 9 out of 10) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers are non-essential.

Could you imagine learning that 93% of the employees in your private company were non-essential?

I was talking to an oober-liberal family member of mine today, and he started rambling about how angry he was at conservatives. He said he yells at his TV all the time – that it made him sick when Michelle Bachmann smiled for pictures with veterans at their closed-down memorial. He said that Republicans are acting like school-children – reciting everything that liberal pundits have been telling him on the news. I’m sure he could say the same thing about me, but the difference is, liberal arguments heavily rely on name-calling. “You’re a bunch of school children.” Conservative arguments involve constitutional arguments and legitimate concerns.

I think one thing we can all agree on is that losing jobs is sad and hard. But, we should also be able to agree that if you’re in debt, you’ve got to make cut backs. With your personal expenses, if you can’t afford to pay your bills, you can’t be getting your weekly manicures. If your small business is not bringing in what it puts out, you’ve got to lay off the girl who makes and delivers everyone coffee. So, why should it be any different with government employees?