Have to call out both of you here...
"That is what most of government is. You can also throw unions into this category with their silly make work rules"
Unfair. Most of government is not wake-work activity. Some may very well be.
"Really. Building and maintaining public roads, managing the military, creating police forces, enforcing the laws, is make work?"
You cherry-picked some of the more honorable, necessary areas of government. There's a whole heck of a lot more that govt is spending tax dollars on - some legitimate and necessary; some not so much.
The population is sorely divided on what the scale of government should be. That division, which grows wider every day, is perhaps the greatest threat to the U.S. today.