Government shutdown: Oddly, we’ve survived the Apocalypse before

Real busy day today, but I wanted to share this graphic listing prior government shutdowns –including five during the sainted Carter administration– to remind us all that, should the Senate under Harry Reid refuse to fund the government, we’ve been there before.

And yet –somehow– we lived to tell the horrific tale.

shutdowns history government

Not that there won’t be people inconvenienced, some seriously, if a shutdown goes on for more than a few days. Jim Geraghty provides a good summary while asking “What does the Right gain from a government shutdown?” But it should help dispel the notion that this is the terrible, awful, we’re-all-gonna-die!! event Reid, Obama, and Pelosi would have us believe it is.

via someone on Twitter. Sorry, lost the link.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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4 Responses to Government shutdown: Oddly, we’ve survived the Apocalypse before

  1. Oh, I’m sure it’s not an apocalyptic event. The injustice of this failure to govern, like the continuing failure to craft and pass laws to address our problems, is that it creates hardship for people who had no hand in causing it to happen. It’s more evidence to me that the two-party system is itself a cause of trouble. If we had multiple, viable smaller parties then politicians would be forced to create coalitions and compromise to gain a majority. With only either / or choices, we end up at the mercy of the least flexible, least cooperative members.

  2. Sometimes, I wish the government would shut down permanently. It has the tendency to do more harm than good.

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