Who is really essential?
Today I went to the Black Canyon National Park, not to view the beautiful canyon, but to see if it has really been closed.
Sorry to say, it HAS been closed to the public. Just a few hundred feet beyond the entrance shack is a chain stretched across the road. Not just a ribbon, but a large logging chain. Behind the chain two presumably Park Service law enforcement officers in two expensive law enforcement vehicles sat, apparently to made darn certain we pesky public don't try to do anything dastardly like visit our public lands. Again presuming, these two federal employees are probably classified as "essential", sitting on their butts in expensive vehicles with the motor running, chatting and drinking coffee, with a primary function to keep YOU off YOUR land.
The person who collects fees to allow you to visit your land is classified as non-essential and not at work, thus eliminating the revenue needed (they claim) to keep our national parks open for our enjoyment. The government is paying a salary to those who stop the public from paying money to visit their land but refuse to pay the people who collect that money.
Does this make any sense to you? We are being punished for the stupidity of the elected.