Now that the shutdown is over, many of the politicians who triggered it are saying never again! Which is very much like what happened after the 31-day winter of 1995-96 when pols said much the same thing.
Instead of socking it to the bureaucracy, the shutdown amounted to a 16-day paid vacation for hundreds of thousands of federal workers. Many were stressed (especially when told they weren’t going to get paid), but most survived it intact. Some even came out rested.
Federal contractors and small businesses got hurt. Some to the point of going out of business. According to media estimates, the metro Washington area lost $217 million per day in lost wages. But that actual figure is much smaller because it includes feds (who will get paid) as well as contractors who won’t.
The true cost of the shutdown depends on which publications you read and which media outlets you watch. Standard & Poor’s said the U.S. lost $24 billion in economic output. Many states and cities lost big time tax revenue during the shutdown although much of it will be recouped. The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Travel Assocation estimated the tourism-travel industry lost $2.4 billion in ticket sales, lodging and the fact that many federal workers on official business were grounded.
Bargain hunting may be in your DNA. Spotting a deal releases dopamine in your brain. However, some people have a flaw in what’s known as the COMT gene, which makes it hard for them to flush the feel-good chemical from their system.
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