Congressional Republicans really wanted a budget passed (it’s been, what, five or six years without that Constitutional necessity?), but unfortunately the last few years have given Congressional Democrats the impression that the Republicans will always back down and give Democrats what they want, if they make enough fuss. So the Democrats threatened shutdown… and this time, the Republicans didn’t back down.
So the Democrats have their shutdown that they didn’t want. And most of us aren’t missing the government much, anymore than we did back in Clinton’s administration or Carter’s. Heh!
The important lesson is that life goes on, the Dow-Jones average is unaffected, and the sky doesn’t fall.
I do feel for the uncertainty that government workers must be suffering: first the sequester, and now this.
But seeing as I don’t have a job at all, and yet I’m managing okayish, I’m pretty sure that they’ll be able to handle a few days of Congressional hemming and hawing. Just like back in Clinton’s administration, and Carter’s, and all the other times that the government shut down when no budget was passed.