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Which bits of the federal government are essential?

Editors, Washington Examiner

Government shutdowns are not very terrible. Federal workers get paid afterward. Citizens and residents mostly don’t notice. It is not without irony that one hears during a shutdown that "nonessential" workers will be furloughed. To which the obvious glib reply is, "Oh really? You mean not all the jobs done on the taxpayer dime are essential?" It makes you think. Taxpayers shouldn't want government shutdowns to become the norm or a frequent habit. But once every five to 10 years, perhaps, they remind people that most federal functions aren't really that important. Which can't be all bad.

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