An interesting voyage into history. Government shutdowns hit Washington DC with about the same regularity as hurricanes and typically do far less damage.
(From The Washington Post)
Since the modern congressional budgeting process took effect in 1976, there have been a total of seventeen separate government shutdowns (or “spending gaps” in Hill jargon). Given that we appear to be headed for another one imminently, let’s look back at those experiences, the political circumstances around them and what happened as a consequence.