Nothing was lost? All the work that the government workers could have been doing during the shutdown was lost.
You mean all that work that was so important that it was deemed non-essential?
All the revenue from the National Parks were lost.
Which amounts to what, maybe a grand total of a couple million, nationwide? Maybe? The federal government burns through that in seconds.
Two weeks food inspections, drug inspections, VA claims processing were lost.
And yet safe food and drugs were still being produced, shipped, and sold. The lost value-add was... umm...? And a few VA claims are paid out to drug companies and the like about two weeks late -- yawn.
Worldwide confidence in the US and the US dollar was lost. US credit rating was compromised with the possibility of higher interest rates on new deficit.
Wake me up when people stop loaning the U.S. federal government money, charge it higher rates, or stop keeping their wealth in dollars. If anything those first two effects can't come soon enough, to put the brakes on the spending spree that's selling out of every taxpayer, particularly the younger ones who will labor under the burden of paying that debt for most of their life. I say throw the retiring Baby Boomers to the wolves -- they spent their trust fund on federal baubles for decades, and now it's time to pay the piper. That fable about the ant and the grasshopper has more than a little merit.
Scientific tests will have to be thrown out and restarted.
So this was all a job creation program for scientists, you're saying? After all, they can look forward to redoing all that work. Sounds just about as effective as the previous economic stimuli to me!