Given that we’re on the verge of a possible federal government shutdown, I figured these data were topical.  There have been 17 shutdowns since 1976, all of which started within a few months of the beginning of the fiscal year. Only one (in 1995-1996, during the Clinton administration) has continued into January. 

Here’s hoping that the politicians can resolve their issues and keep our national parks open!

Data source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_shutdown

Posted on 30 September, 2013

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    This chart shows how rare a government shutdown really is.
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