We the people of the United States of America are the government. It is up to us as the employers of the elected officials to determine if the government should shutdown. What we're experiencing is a group of employees who have taken it upon themselves to run our government. It's time this fact is realized by our elected officials.
The general populous should not be allowed to order government officials back to work, People do not know why a government official is not work or even if they are not working. Government officials have supervisors that tell them what and when to be doing something, and they are the ones who should be handling such situations.