Question Regarding The Government Shutdown And How Many Federal Employees We Have/Need…

If approximately one million workers are considered “non-essential” and are being furloughed, why did they get hired in the first place?

I’m asking sincerely–not trying to be difficult.  I’d like someone who supports big government to explain this to me.

Maybe we can do with less government than we thought.

I know it’s hard to think in these terms, but it beats emoting.