US Government Shutdowns

I have lived thru the following US government shutdowns: 

  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1984
  • 1986
  • 1990
  • 1995-1996
  • 2013
  • 2018

One characteristic of each of them: nothing bad happened. Life continued on as normal. No apocalypse. No dogs and cats sleeping together. No one even noticed. 

In the past, the Republicans shut down the government. I’ve got some great quotes from Democrats saying how irresponsible it is for politicians to shut down the government. Now the shoe is on the other foot. 

Finally, I wonder how long it would take for the federal government to be shut down before the federal budget was balanced?