Actually, a shutdown typically costs money over what it would normally cost to run the government for that period of time. Including the fact that employees are still paid (even though they do not pay contractors) for not being there.
Russian oligarchs and Kremlin apparatchiks may find the tables turned on them later this week when a new leak site unleashes a compilation of hundreds of thousands of hacked emails and gigabytes of leaked documents. Think of it as WikiLeaks, but without Julian Assange’s aversion to posting Russian secrets.
The site, Distributed Denial of Secrets, was founded last month by transparency activists. Co-founder Emma Best said the Russian leaks, slated for release Friday, will bring into one place dozens of different archives of hacked material that, at best, have been difficult to locate, and in some cases appear to have disappeared entirely from the web.
“Stuff from politicians, journalists, bankers, folks in oligarch and religious circles, nationalists, separatists, terrorists operating in Ukraine,” said Best, a national-security journalist and transparency activist. “Hundreds of thousands of emails, Skype and Facebook messages, along with lots of docs.”
The annoyance is in 3 weeks we will just be back at it. Great that people get paychecks but they need stability! A good part of the 3 weeks will be spent catching up on work that piled up and preparing for a likely next shutdown.
He's been blasting Twitter all day about the importance of his wall, so, no, he's not particularly smart. Nor is his base, who will mercilessly hound him about the wall for the rest of the time he's in office, however long that may be.