As President Obama has pointed out , “hundreds of thousands of Americans…suddenly aren’t receiving their paychecks.” [during the 2014 US Government shutdown] These furloughed bureaucrats are clearly worse off.
But the criterion to evaluate whether a job should exist is not the welfare of the person performing the job. Jobs must be justified by the service the job provides to society. When the shutdown harms government workers, but not society at large, that tells us that the jobs shouldn’t have existed in the first place.
Powell, B.J. (2013). All I Am Saying Is Give Shutdown a Chance. The Independent Institute. Available http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4754. Last accessed 13th Sep 2014.