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  •  Please, it wasn't "a few days" (0+ / 0-)

    It played out this way -- First shutdown (1995) one day in October, where we Federal employees in Central Ohio were bused to the Defense Supply Center to fill out unemployment benefit forms. Continuing Resolution (CR) passed that night, so we were back at work the next day.

    Then, 5 days in November 1995 when the CR ended. Back at work when another CR was put in place. That one ran until right before Christmas (December 16th?) and that shutdown ran for 22 days.

    By day 21, I was planning to go and activate my unemployment benefits the next day, only to get the news the following morning that I wouldn't have to do so, and that we would get back pay (whew!).

    When you see estimates of the money lost ($8 billion?), remember that those figures are what it cost the entire national economy not just what monetary damage was done to the Federal government.

    Ask the retailers in any area of the country with a large contingent of Federal employees how Christmas sales were in December 1995...I know I didn't buy anything.

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