On the topic of the American Government turning back on, did the republicans really just stamp their feet for 2 weeks about pushing a Clean Bill to solve these problems, only to push through a bipartisan house bill with amendments? Figuratively like a spoiled toddler who got told no to candy in the checkout line "Ill kick and scream and when I wake up I won't remember why I was upset!"
Hey now. The GOP didn't accomplish nothing
with this. They did manage to waste billions of dollars and give federal workers an extra two weeks of paid vacation.
Oh, and lots of photo ops in front of the WWII memorial. Don't forget that. You can't put a price tag on photo ops but, if you could, it would easily be billions of dollars.
The government shutdown has taken at least $24 billion out of the United States economy, the financial ratings agency Standard & Poor's said Wednesday.
The firm said the shutdown caused it to cut its forecast of gross domestic product growth in the fourth quarter by at least 0.6 percentage point. The agency lowered its estimate for GDP growth to close to 2 percent from 3 percent.
The estimate represents a staggering cost to the economy of a completely self-inflicted political catastrophe. Unlike the 2008 economic crisis and other past recessions, the government shutdown had nothing to do with larger economic trends. The numbers show Washington's brinksmanship caused real damage beyond furloughed government workers and the Washington, D.C., region.
Oh! And it helped seal the deal for a Democratic governor in Virginia in a few weeks. So, that's something else. See? A regular cornucopia of benefits... Edited, Oct 16th 2013 11:05pm by Jophiel