Dirty little secret about government shutdowns: They don't shut down the government 

If the government shuts down on March 5, what will happen? Three quarters of all government workers (including the military) will still go to work.

Aside from any political ramifications, a shutdown's primary result will be to remind us that few of the government's "non-essential" services are worth the money. The noteworthy exception appears to be that if the shutdown goes for months, the IRS will delay tax refunds.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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