non-essential government employees

Gov Waste: $2.5 Bill. in Back Pay for Shutdown Employees

Penny Starr, CNS News

“The White House estimates it cost $2 billion to provide back pay to federal employees ‘for services that could not be performed’ during the shutdown, is roughly $2.0 billion,” the Waste Book 2013 says. “Total compensation costs, including benefits, are about 30% larger, in the range of $2.5 billion.”

Dr. Carson's Rx for Shutdown Blues

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., The Washington Times

In order to cope with a $17 trillion debt, why is the gov't inflicting pain on us when it could have simply trimmed nonessential personnel and services from the budget with little or no inconvenience?