Won’t Gas Lines Be Fun? And Wait Until You See the Prices What do governments have - that no private sector company has? Employer-designated “non-essential personnel.” Merriam Webster’s dictionary offers up the following “non-essential” synonyms: “Dispensable, gratuitous, inessential, needless, uncalled-for, unessential, unnecessary, unwarranted.” Thank God governments hire oh-so-many of these people. We are in the midst of a federal government shutdown. A result of which - is ~850,000 non-essential personnel are furloughed. A result of which - is we have been subjected to a rash of panicked Leftist media (please pardon the redundancy) “news” stories. Where they freak out about the prospective recession a prolonged government shutdown might cause. My favorite tidbits therein? The frequent mentions that “Virginia and Maryland will be hardest hit.” Yes, because that’s where the vast majority of the ~850,000 non-essential personnel live. It is in those states the vast majority of the federal government’s nauseatingly large $4.4 trillion annual budget is spent. The other forty-eight states? I’m fairly sure they nigh ubiquitously haven’t been affected at all by the shutdown. And certainly not adversely. Want a shutdown that will be debilitating to all 330 million Americans in all fifty states? How about bringing an end to oil production…anywhere in or around the US. No one with an IQ above nine on a warm day wants that.