As you’ve probably heard, the federal shutdown is over.
What did the impasse cost? According to Standard & Poor’s, the company being sued by the U.S. for lying repeatedly during the financial crisis, $24 billion was sucked out of the economy.
There were other costs. Vacations were ruined, businesses suffered and government workers endured a lot of stress.
Some of the stress was from not working or knowing when the next paycheck would arrive. For one woman, the stress may have been from overwork.
As the vote was being taken to end the shutdown, a stenographer working in the House of Representatives began shouting about God, Founding Fathers and the Constitution. [Listen to the audio]
Initially, many House members thought she had gotten ahold of a campaign speech.
It’s a shame they dragged her away. She may have been the sanest person in the room.