Our friend Seth Kadish over at the Vizual Statistix tumblr just published this chart showing the history of government shut downs.
There are a couple interesting takeaways:
- The government is, generally speaking, pretty good at remaining open.
- October shutdowns were practically an annual tradition for a few years back in the late seventies.
- The Gingrich shutdown is the only one to go on into the new year.
- That shutdown also made Congress fear shut downs for almost two decades, until today.
Since we’re careening toward a shutdown right now, perhaps take a moment and consider how special this moment truly is.
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