$24 Billion

That’s how much Standard and Poor’s estimates our economy lost during the 16 days the federal government was shut down. We lost about six-tenths of a point off yearly fourth-quarter growth in GDP.

That’s huge.

Those who cheered the shutdown doubtless saw it as a measure of revenge against all those over-paid, under-worked public employees they dislike so much. What it really did, though was throw grease under an economy still struggling to get traction.

Later,

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