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Economist Mark Zandi told CBS’s Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer today that the government shutdown is going to continue to knee-cap the economy for the foreseeable future:

While some of the $24 billion of lost economic activity during the shutdown will be recovered, the inability of businesses and consumers to plan for more than a couple months at a time is “corrosive” to the economy.

“Pervading the entire economy is this uncertainty, which I think the effects of that are corrosive, have been accumulating over the past few years,” Zandi said. “And obviously given the nature of the deal is we’re going to take this into next year, will continue.”

That’s great news for Republicans.

And, one theory on the mystery of the disappearance of JFK’s brain has been put forward all these years later, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Couldn’t have been a clean getaway.

  • Badgerite

    Anyone who thought in 2010 that the GOP wanted power so as to ‘cure’ the economy don’t know these people. They want power because they want power. Period. The worse the economy is, the better they think their chances are of getting more. It is that simple.

  • muselet

    Ted Cruz insists the Senate Rs are to blame for “the lousy deal” that was finally made, but that next time will be different. FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe on Saturday believes “the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis were brilliant Republican strategy”. Multiple Rs insist they’ll do it again the first chance they get.

    $24 billion in lost economic activity will soon look like the good old days.


    • Victor_the_Crab

      Ted Cruz can say all he wants, but everyone knows he led this shutdown fight to get himself face time. If he and the Republicans pull this shit again, it’ll end the same way. With Obama on top and the Republicans with a lot of rotten eggs on their faces. And with the midterms getting closer, the GOP face a real possibility of getting smacked hard at the ballot boxes.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Given the reports of the smack down his fellow republican senators have been giving Cruz behind closed doors, it’s doubtful they’ll put up with such grandstanding next time. Of course the crazies in the House want to do it all over again, but most republicans realize how badly that backfired on them. They walked away from from the shutdown/debt ceiling with nothing to show for it except a beating in the polls. No matter what they say publicly, they know what a disaster it was for them. The only question is, will the sane ones tell Boehner enough is enough? Can he stop letting the fifty or so teabagging morons call the shots?