In general I've always wondered about these so-called non-essential personnel in government. If they are non-essential, they why the h*ll do we need them? I'm not referring to the military.
I'm referring to when there is snow expected and the local government will say non-essential employees should stay home. I'd say, especially in today's economy, if you can stay home on a snow day as you are not essential to the local government, then stay home permanently - will save the tax payers big time.