The number of nonessentials on the federal payroll isn't small. A Wall Street Journal review of agencies' shutdown plans found that more than 818,000 dispensable workers would be furloughed. Additionally, the paychecks of these nonessential federal workers aren't small.
The result of Reaganomics? Revived and sustained economic growth created 17 million new jobs from 1980 to 1989 and another 26 million in the 1990s. President Obama's response? He says we tried Reaganomics and it didn't work.