Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Of all the silliness associated with the shutdown of the Federal government, the one that is driving me to drink is people confusing non-essential with unnecessary.
Some folks follow this line of reasoning: if all these federal workers are non-essential, it shows we can do without them and that is good enough reason to conclude the government is too big.
Let me use a simple analogy to explain the difference between essential and non-essential.
Food is essential. Without it you will die.
Clothing is non-essential. If you are naked as the day you were born, everything in your innards will function just fine.
But try walking to McDonald's without your non-essential clothes to get your essential Big Mac and see what happens.
Posted by griftdrift at 9:31 AM