"That the government could even have services it considers non-essential is ludicrous. It is a blatant display of an oversized government, with excessive programs." ~ Competitive Enterprise Institute.
If government is so essential to our lives, then the mere existence of non-essential government is by definition a fraud, waste, and abuse.
Now is also a perfect time to take inventory of the national government. Any feelings of dismay over a federal shutdown should be dwarfed by feelings of contempt and disgust for an abominable federal bureaucracy.